Deadpool is officially returning to the big screen, but this time he’ll be coming from his new home at Marvel Studios.
The Deadpool series has been a critical and box office success, but the Merc with a Mouth’s cinematic future became unclear when Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. While Ryan Reynolds, the franchise’s star, has been coy about any future plans, he has now revealed that his profane antihero will make a return from a new studio.
Reynolds recently appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan and, when asked about the future of the series, he confirmed that he and his team are developing a third movie. Not only that, but the group is working with Marvel Studios to produce the film:
“Yeah we’re working on it right now with the whole team. We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”
Wade Wilson’s twisted sense of humor and violent style of justice didn’t appear to be a fit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite this, Disney CEO Bob Iger promised Deadpool films would continue to be made and would remain R-rated. Previous reports also indicated that Marvel Studios was looking into ways to integrate the character into the larger MCU.
From a financial perspective, having Wade Wilson (and Reynolds) in the expansive universe would be beneficial for the studio moving forward. The first two installments both grossed over $700 million worldwide at the box office. This also adds a sure-fire name to a franchise that’s entering a new era filled with mostly new (or newer) faces.
On the creative side, bringing in a more mature character into a family-friendly franchise could be a bit of a challenge. However, with work having already begun, it seems the creatives at Marvel Studios already know how they want to proceed.
Reynolds has been the driving force behind the films — in front of and behind the camera — and has transformed Deadpool into a household name. Pairing his creative talents with those of Marvel Studios could result in something fans will enjoy.