Most of us have forgotten the world pre-Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, largely due to the fact that the character has been everywhere ever since – and while it doesn’t seem long since the sequel was released, the Deadpool team are already working on developing a third film.
When releasing the family-friendly Once Upon A Deadpool (which we can only assume is about 30 minutes of footage at most) in China, Reynolds was asked about the reports that a third film was in development.
Speaking to Variety, the actor said only that “[The producers and writers are] looking to go in a completely different direction,” Adding, “Often, they reboot or change a character maybe like four movies too late.”
So where to next?
The end of Deadpool 2 saw the creation of the X-Force including Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Firefist (Julian Dennison), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), and friendly taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni).
There’s already been rumours of a standalone X-Force film, which will work in the same way Avengers films do in relation to solo hero franchises like Iron Man and Captain America. In an interview with Screenrant, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick said “According to the chronology we’ve established, X-Force will be next, before Deadpool 3.”
Reese went on to say, “X-Force isn’t being written by us. It’s being written and directed by Drew Goddard [who penned Marvel’s Daredevil series and 2015 movie The Martian], or at least that’s the plan right now. We’re not involved with that one. We do anticipate there will be a Deadpool 3 at some point, but it’s just a little premature, because it will definitely take a backseat to X-Force for the time being.”
Wernick meanwhile, said “We’re constantly in touch with Ryan (Reynolds), and we’re always throwing ideas back and forth via text and phone conversations. So, it’s always at the front of our minds. We’ll get there when the time is right, but as of right now, X-Force is next up.”
More on X-Force and Deadpool 3 when we have it.