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Deadpool is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next R-rated film

By Christian Imperio Published Jan 11, 2021 11:11 pm

The wisecracking mercenary is officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As reported by Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that the next Deadpool movie will remain R-rated and will be part of the ever-expanding MCU.

“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,” Feige said. "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.”

Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds also confirmed the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday by posting a screenshot of IGN's report along with the caption: “First order of business: Find the guy who killed Bambi’s mom. #Deadpool3” 

The actor also reacted to the news on Twitter and explained in jest how he was able to convince Marvel to allow Deadpool to join the MCU.

“Full disclosure: I showed them Spiderman 1 & 2 and told them it was Deadpool 1 & 2. #Deadpool3,” Reynolds wrote. 

Last November, a report revealed that Marvel Studios hired Bob’s Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin to pen the script for the next R-rated superhero film. The report noted that Reynolds met with a handful of writers over the past month to hear their story ideas for the next Marvel film.

After several writers meetings, the actor and the studio have agreed to recruit the Molyneux sisters in the end for pitching an idea that is a “perfect fit for what they wanted.” The scripts of the first two films were penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

The fate of the third film has been in limbo ever since Disney’s acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox, which produced the first two movies. Since the merger, fans were concerned that Deadpool’s crass tone would be watered down under the new studio’s stewardship. But Disney’s Bob Iger previously assured fans that the studio will continue making R-rated Deadpool movies.

The first two Deadpool films are the highest-grossing X-Men movies of all time. In 2016, the first film earned $783 million while the 2018 sequel brought in $785 million worldwide.

There’s still no word yet on the release date for Deadpool 3.

(Image from 20th Century Studios)