We’re gradually learning more about Deadpool 3, which will mark Ryan Reynolds’ first turn as the character under Marvel Studios. The big questions so far have included whether the Deadpool franchise will be able to maintain its harder content, and just how Wade Wilson and co. will be tied into the broader MCU. Kevin Feige has now been revealed more about the sequel to Collider, including that the R-rating will be kept after the move. However, Feige has acknowledged that this version of Deadpool will be a very different prospect for the MCU.
To recap, here’s what Feige had to say in full about what’s happening with Deadpool 3:
“It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now… It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.”
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How exactly Wilson will be brought into MCU continuity is still unclear, although there are some reports that the world established in the first two movies will be much changed by Thanos’ Snap; doing so would both remove T.J. Miller’s Weasel, solving that particular problem, but could also change some of the back-story and supporting cast. However, this has yet to be confirmed, and with Deadpool 3 now not expected to even go before cameras for a while, we’d be surprised if these details have been worked out already.
Another report suggests that Reynolds’ character will be the only person to realize that he’s the subject of a reboot, and still has memories of those events. We’re not sure whether this would substantially change the style of Deadpool, but it could mean that he’s forced to adapt his personality to suit a new setting. Indeed, a “fish out of water” approach where Wilson struggles with the more serious tone of the MCU could be effective for bridging the gap between his past and future.
Of course, there’s still room for fourth-wall breaking commentary in the MCU, which will presumably be expanded upon by WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in terms of playing around with what we expect from the studio. With a long wait to go until we get Deadpool 3, we’d expect that Marvel will ensure that the transition of the much-loved franchise into the Disney universe goes smoothly.