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Deadpool 3 - What We Know So Far

Ever since Disney acquired the film and television assets of Fox Studios in March 2019, Mighty Marvel fans have been beside themselves with anticipation. The move meant that finally, at long last, some of the venerable comic publisher's most iconic properties — such as the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer, to name just a few — would have all of their film rights housed with the same studio. No longer would the world of the Avengers be kept separate from the world of mutants; no more would we be sadly aware that, no matter where the Guardians of the Galaxy's adventure took them, they would never encounter Galactus. New, exciting possibilities for future Big Bads were suddenly on the table (Doctor freakin' Doom, anyone?), and we could rest secure in the knowledge that no matter how badly Fox had fumbled the X-Men franchise in recent years, a big, fat reboot is on the way from the studio that is seemingly incapable of doing any wrong.

Then, suddenly, we remembered: holy crap, Deadpool is one of Fox's properties! What could this mean? After all, the Merc with a Mouth practically pioneered R-rated superhero films, singlehandedly proving that they were viable; both 2016's Deadpool and 2018's Deadpool 2 cashed in big at the box office, and won the foul-mouthed anti-hero legions of new, faithful fans, largely thanks to the presence of star Ryan Reynolds in the role he was unquestionably born to play. Would Mickey Mouse really deign to give us more R-rated Deadpool films, or would he be reduced to a watered-down, PG-13 shadow of his former self? Would Reynolds, along with all of the Fox franchise's other stars, be (gasp) recast?

Well, the very same day the Fox/Disney deal closed, we got some tentative answers to some of these questions. Reynolds, of course, took to Twitter to post a picture of himself in costume sporting Mickey Mouse ears while aboard a school bus, with the caption, "Feels like the first day of 'Pool." Reliable outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter assured us that, according to their sources, Deadpool would remain R-rated, and would be the only X-Man not to be recast.

Then... a whole bunch of silence. San Diego Comic-Con and D23 both came and went, with nary a mention of Deadpool's cinematic future. Finally, October 2019 brought a small trickle of news: Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, fresh off of scripting Zombieland: Double Tap, told Entertainment Weekly that they still had high hopes for a third installment. "We're always in touch with Ryan," Wernick said. "I think the party line and truth is we're all still figuring it out... we've got a lot of projects lined up, but we wake up thinking about Deadpool, and we go to sleep thinking about Deadpool."

Near-simultaneously, Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself loitering in the offices of Marvel Studios, giving the most solid indication yet that the involved parties were actually having some kind of a conversation. "Auditioned for the role of 'Anthony Stark,'" Reynolds captioned the pic. "Didn't come even remotely close, but the nice man with the taser escorted me to the ground."

Finally, in late December 2019, a New Years' gift: during an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Ryan, Reynolds said, "We're working on [Deadpool 3] right now with the whole team. We're over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of the sudden. It's kinda crazy. So yeah, we're working on it." (via Uproxx)

That's right, it only took nine freaking months of endless speculation, but it's now official: in the parlance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool... will return. Here's everything we know so far about Deadpool 3.

What is Deadpool 3's release date?

Before we get started here, we should state that at this time, there obviously isn't a heck of a lot of information about Deadpool 3. Keeping this in mind, know that we're going to be doing a whole lot of informed speculating, and that — just in case you're not clear as to how we get down, dear reader — if you really want to stay in the know, you'd do well to bookmark this post, because we're going to be updating it each and every time a relevant piece of information is reported. Good? Great! Moving on.

Since Deadpool 3 is currently in the "all of the involved parties are sitting around talking about it" stage, it's not at all clear when the flick might be released. We can hazard a pretty decent guess, though, based upon the typical production schedules of pictures of this type. 

Consider that there was a two-year gap in between Deadpool and Deadpool 2, and that the sequel was greenlit pretty much immediately after the box office receipts for the first flick started rolling in. The studio changeover will almost certainly present a few logistical considerations, but nothing that Mighty Marvel can't easily handle. Consider also that if Wernick and Reese — certainly part of the "whole team" that Reynolds was referring to — aren't full of crap, then they've been eating, breathing, and sleeping Deadpool. It's safe to say that they probably have a pretty good idea of where they'd like Deadpool 3 to go, and since they're "always in touch" with Reynolds, he's probably on the same page with them, as well. We're going to go ahead and guess that the scribes will have a draft completed by the spring, and that the flick will mosey on into pre-production by the fall.

Now, on a major superhero film, pre-production and post-production can each take the better part of a year, so let's use that as our guideline. Assuming a typical shoot of around four months, then, we're looking at two years and four months, give or take, from fall 2020 for a release date. Deadpool cleaned house with its February 2016 release, so let's further assume that Disney slots it into a similar frame, and there you have it: our best guess, Deadpool 3 will arrive in theaters in February of 2023. Seems like a long-ass time, to be sure, but that's not to say the character won't pop up in another MCU film before then.

What is the plot of Deadpool 3?

Get ready for a shock: we have no idea what the plot of Deadpool 3 will be, because we are not Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, or Ryan Reynolds. We do know, however, that at the conclusion of Deadpool 2, Wade was in possession of the time travel device used by Cable, and that this device seemingly also allows the user to traverse between dimensions (since we saw him kill an alternate universe Ryan Reynolds before he could make the mistake of accepting the lead role in Green Lantern). 

It's been speculated that the conceit of the multiverse may very well serve as the means to introduce the X-Men, fully formed, into the MCU (and that their existence might at least be hinted at in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness). Check this out, though: these won't be the same X-Men Wade is familiar with. Even if, say, Wolverine and Cyclops barely showed up in his movies (because the studio couldn't afford them, of course), we know that Deadpool knows they exist. Since they're all being recast, the MCU versions of the X-Men will be strange and unfamiliar to Wade — as he is the only character to actually make the jump, in-universe, from the Fox X-Men dimension to the that containing the MCU.

If Marvel Studios plays this right (and let's face it, they play everything right), this jump between dimensions is likely to factor heavily into the plot of Deadpool 3, and Cable's handy-dandy time travel/dimension-hopping device should be right at the center of the festivities. We won't even get into the fact that Cable was portrayed in Deadpool 2 by the same actor, Josh Brolin, who so memorably played the genocidal warlord Thanos in the MCU... although we're pretty sure Wade will have occasion to be confused as hell about it at some point.

Who is in Deadpool 3's cast?

While we know for certain that Reynolds will reprise his role (because he literally is Deadpool), it's uncertain whether he'll drag any other characters from the old Fox universe along to the MCU. Having Brolin reprise the role of Cable would certainly make for a great running gag, if nothing else; it'd also be cool to see the previous films' version of Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), in the MCU, not to mention Domino (Zazie Beetz), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).

Even Wade's love interest Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), whom he saved from her awful fate in Deadpool 2's mid-credits sequence, could conceivably return — but if we're being honest, we find it more likely than not that none of the above will be included. Dimension-hopping is a dangerous and freaky business, one uniquely suited to guys like Wade who a) know that they are fictional characters and b) functionally cannot die. We wouldn't be surprised to see a celebrity cameo or two, a la Brad Pitt's cameo as Vanisher and Terry Crews' as Bedlam in Deadpool 2 — but as far as the main cast of the first two films, we're guessing they'll be left behind in the poor, doomed Fox Marvel universe.

Does Deadpool 3 have a trailer yet?

Wouldn't it be hilarious if, after all this, we were like, "Yes, of course there's a trailer for Deadpool 3! You haven't seen it yet? What kind of a fan are you?!" Well, we sure wish we could do so; it sure would be a heck of a scoop to link you to a trailer for a movie that almost certainly doesn't even have a completed first draft of its screenplay yet. Alas, we do not have access to any of Cable's nifty time-travel tech like Deadpool does, so we (and you) are just going to have to wait.

We hope you followed our advice to bookmark this post, though, and if you did not, here is your official reminder. We'll be updating it with every single bit of info we can find concerning Deadpool 3 from now right up until its release, at which point we'll advise you to delete it from your bookmarks and just go watch the freakin' movie already.