Deadpool was a big fish in a little pond at 20th Century Fox. Now that the trigger-happy, foul-mouthed character is owned by Disney, he’s a small fish in a big pond. That’s not to say the hit comic book character isn’t a priority for the family-friendly studio, but the news has been slow on the Deadpool 3 front, although Ryan Reynolds is a very busy man. Recently, though, Reynolds confirmed he’s talking with Disney about the future of the Deadpool franchise.

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Reynolds, who spent almost a decade trying to make the first movie, is basically the father of the film franchise, calling the shots. That’s why Tim Miller didn’t return to direct the sequel, which made almost $800 million worldwide and improved upon the scrappy first film.  

While on Live With Kelly and Ryan, Reynolds confirmed he’s working on a third Deadpool movie: 

We’re working on it right now, the whole team. We’re over at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden.

Kevin Feige, per usual, is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding the characters he’s inherited from Fox, including X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Whether any of them could interact with the Avengers one day, Feige hasn’t confirmed any future plans for it. 

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Playing in the Marvel Sandbox 

The creative group behind the Deadpool franchise, Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernik, want to see the character leave his mark on the MCU. Recently, Wernick confirmed to Entertainment Weekly the hope to see him interact with Marvel’s heavy-hitters.

We’re always in touch with Ryan. We’ve got several projects with him in addition to the Deadpool universe. I think the party line and truth is we’re all still figuring it out. Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU a little bit as well and play in that sandbox. Our feeling and Ryan’s feeling is that it’s got to be the right idea, it’s got to be great… I think once we collectively agree what idea that great idea is we’ll be off to the races. Ryan’s super-busy, we’ve got a lot of projects lined up, but we wake up thinking about Deadpool, and we go to sleep thinking about Deadpool. 

Most recently, Wernick, Reese, and Reynolds collaborated on Michael Bay’s Netflix movie, 6 Underground, which made the Deadpool movies look high-brow by comparison. 

The Scrapped Fox Superhero Epic

It’s difficult to imagine Deadpool in an Avengers movie, but years ago, Fox had plans for a movie that would’ve teamed him up with The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Daredevil. It was a secret project, which apparently grabbed the interest of director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne films), of all people. The movie never gained much traction, but long before Avengers: Endgame, Fox had bigger plans for Deadpool and their stock of comic book characters.

What Will Deadpool’s Future Look Like?

The creative team behind Deadpool have already confirmed they’ll stick to their R-rating and established tone, but will Disney ever try to soften the character’s edges? He’s not a Disney-friendly character. He does and says things we’d never see in a movie from the studio; they prefer to play it safe, always. Deadpool was once the anti-Disney character, but now, he’s a big Disney product.