And where will Wade Wilson go from here? And how will X-Force fit into all this? Even Blind Al can see that the future of the franchise looks promising, so join us here at Digital Spy as we keep you updated on everything you need to know about Deadpool 3.
Deadpool 3 release date: When can we see it?
Although no official release date has been provided yet, Reynolds previously explained that working on these movies can be a slow process, so we might be waiting a while for Deadpool 3.
August's Comic-Con saw a Phase 4 announcement sans-Deadpool, which has left fans in a state of anxiety, as it has for Deadpool director David Leitch. Speaking to Uproxx, Leitch revealed he hadn't spoken to Disney much: "And it’s not for my lack of trying. And I also want to give – I’m just giving everybody their time."
"[H]e’s such a beloved character and it’s such a compelling world people want to go back. And I think they will find a way to do it. But I’m just being patient and let everybody take a breath and see how it works for them in the new Marvel, Disney world. And, hopefully, I’ll get the call. And that would be cool."
The Disney/Fox merger is now official and Disney boss Bob Iger had previously confirmed that they'd look to continue doing Deadpool movies, and we'll be "seeing more of Deadpool in the years to come".
So, Deadpool 3 will likely be a Phase 5 movie. Phase 5 will begin in February 2020, with an untitled Marvel movie. Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, teased the possibility of a Phase 5 threequel in an Instagram post from July 28.
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Deadpool 3 cast: Who's in it?
If there's one certainty in life, it's that Ryan Reynolds will reprise the role of Wade Wilson for Deadpool 3. Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, the Hollywood star gushed over the part, explaining: "It's the role I feel most privileged to have in my entire career. I feel like I was sort of born for it. I love Deadpool. It's the miracle of the mask."
Although no-one else has confirmed their involvement yet, the cast for Deadpool 3 will be packed tighter than a chimichanga if the rumours are to be believed. During the aforementioned interview with Lorraine, Reynolds also hinted that Hugh Jackman could reprise the role of Wolverine in Deadpool 3, despite the fact that he retired the claws in Logan last year.
Deadpool 2 introduced us to a range of new heroes too and although some didn't survive long enough to appear in a post-credits scene, characters like Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) are all but guaranteed to join Wade in a future instalment.
Fellow teammates Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) and Russell (Julian Dennison) will probably round out the X-Force team, perhaps with Peter (Rob Delaney) in tow. Fans shouldn't hold out much hope to see the likes of Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) and Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) return for Deadpool 3, but superheroes always cheat death in the comics, so never say never.
One character who already cheated death in the franchise is Vanessa, Deadpool's girlfriend, and it's safe to assume that she'll return for the sequel too.
The Merc with a Mouth might have his hands full fighting to protect her though as previous Easter eggs have hinted that Mr Sinister could turn out to be the big bad of Deadpool 3. Failing that, cameos from the likes of Omega Red during the Ice Box Prison scene could also hint at the future of the franchise.
Deadpool 3 plot: A different direction?
Before Deadpool 3 was officially confirmed, Reynolds expressed some doubts to Entertainment Weekly about where the franchise could go next, saying: "I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I don't think that you can keep doing that."
While the plan was always to see Deadpool slice and dice his enemies in future X-Force movies, Reynolds explained that a solo sequel would need to "break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no-one else can do".
Does this mean that time travel will play a more prominent role in Deadpool 3? The last time we saw Negasonic Teenage Warhead, she was fixing Cable's time machine so Deadpool could right the wrongs of the past, including a regrettable yet hilarious career choice made by Ryan Reynolds.
We wouldn't be surprised if Deadpool 3 ventures further into Cable's story, introducing his daughter, Hope, whose comic book counterpart plays a pivotal role in the future of mutantkind.
Reynolds has teased that the threequel is "looking to go in a completely different direction", teasingly adding: "Often, they reboot or change a character maybe like four movies too late."
He has also said he wants to explore Deadpool's pansexuality in the future.
"I certainly think that this universe... needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways," he told fans as a Comic-Con panel. "The great thing about Deadpool is that we're allowed to do things that other superhero movies don't necessarily do."
If you're worried that Disney will tone down Deadpool, reports have been unfortunately mixed. "There's no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?," said Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige.
But Leitch said: “[Deadpool is] rated R so that's not necessarily the [MCU] brand but he doesn't necessarily need to be R and [Disney] don't necessarily need to only make PG-13 movies. I think we'll find a happy ground.”
Whether that ground is on the foul-mouthier side or not remains to be seen.
Deadpool 3 could also prove fruitful if Marvel wants to introduce other former-Fox characters, especially with the cancellation of the X-Force movie.
Leitch said: "You can put [Deadpool] in with any one of those characters, or an ensemble of those characters, and it just sort of magnifies what you’re doing. So that’s probably one aspect that they are entertaining, and hopefully they are entertaining more ideas as well."
But, as we said, Leitch hasn't been in touch with Disney so this is pure speculation on his, and our, part.
Deadpool 3 trailer: When will we see it?
Production hasn't started yet, so a trailer won't be available for some time.
It's likely that Reynolds will keep fans busy with hilarious promotional videos like this one where Deadpool crashed Hugh Jackman's birthday message.
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