Deadpool 3: A Meta-Masterpiece in the Making


Deadpool 3 is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and Maximum Effort. It serves as the 34th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and is a sequel to Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018). Directed by Shawn Levy, the film is written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Zeb Wells, Ryan Reynolds, and Levy. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, alongside Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin, and Brianna Hildebrand. Deadpool 3 integrates the character into the MCU while maintaining its R rating. Filming began in May 2023 and is scheduled for release on May 3, 2024, as part of Phase Five of the MCU.

Introduction :

Deadpool 3 is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and Maximum Effort, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It serves as the 34th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and a sequel to Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018). The film, directed by Shawn Levy, features Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. Other returning cast members include Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin, and Brianna Hildebrand.

Development on Deadpool 3 began at 20th Century Fox in November 2016, but was put on hold after the company was acquired by Disney in March 2019. Marvel Studios took over and began work on a new film, incorporating Deadpool into the MCU. while maintaining the R rating of the previous films. In November 2020, Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin joined as writers, with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to rewrite the script in March 2022. Filming began in late May 2023 in London, England, and Pinewood Studios. in Buckinghamshire, with more filming planned for Vancouver, Canada.

Deadpool 3 is scheduled for release in the United States on May 3, 2024, as part of Phase Five of the MCU. The film aims to bring the irreverent, comedic flair of the Deadpool franchise to the larger Marvel universe, giving fans another entertaining adventure featuring fan-favorite Merc with a Mouth.

Cast :

The above information provides a brief overview of the main characters in the Deadpool movies and their respective roles:

  1. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool: A sarcastic and humorous mercenary who gains accelerated healing powers but is left disfigured after a regenerative mutation. Deadpool is known for his irreverent humor and breaking the fourth wall.
  2. Hugh Jackman as James “Logan” Howlett / Wolverine: A mutant with a powerful healing ability and an adamantium-coated skeleton. Wolverine is often portrayed as a gruff and brooding character with a complex past.
  3. Morena Baccarin as Vanessa: Wade Wilson’s fiancée, who plays a significant role in his life and serves as a source of emotional support.
  4. Leslie Uggams as Blind Al: An elderly blind woman who becomes Deadpool’s roommate. Their relationship is characterized by banter and a unique dynamic.
  5. Karan Soni as Dopinder: A taxi driver who idolizes Deadpool and becomes his unofficial chauffeur. Dopinder provides comedic relief and has a recurring role in the movies.
  6. Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead: A teenage mutant with the ability to generate explosive bursts. She is a member of the X-Men and develops a friendship with Deadpool.
  7. Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio: Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s girlfriend and fellow member of the X-Men. Yukio also plays a supporting role in the films.
  8. Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus: A member of the X-Men who can transform his body into organic steel. Colossus acts as a mentor figure to Deadpool and tries to encourage him to become a hero.
  9. Rob Delaney as Peter: A member of Deadpool’s “X-Force” team, introduced in Deadpool 2. Peter is an ordinary man with no superpowers but joins the team nonetheless.
  10. Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen have been cast in undisclosed villain and role, respectively, for an upcoming Deadpool film. Their specific characters and roles are yet to be revealed.

These characters and their interactions contribute to the comedic and action-packed nature of the Deadpool movies.

Production :

Development :

Following the success of Deadpool (2016), 20th Century Fox began developing two sequels. The third film was planned to feature the superhero team X-Force. However, director Tim Miller decided not to return due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. David Leitch was hired to direct Deadpool 2 (2018) in his place. The idea of a third Deadpool movie was initially shaky, and focus shifted to an X-Force spinoff. Following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox in 2017, it was announced that Deadpool would be integrated into the PG-13-rated Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Despite the initial uncertainty, plans for a third Deadpool movie continued to develop. Reynolds took a break from the character and the X-Force spinoff film was released. A PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, titled Once Upon a Deadpool, was also released to gauge audience interest. Reynolds confirmed that a third Deadpool movie was in development and that he would be going in a “completely different direction.” It was intended to be a road trip movie inspired by Rashomon (1950) and would have featured a team-up with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character.

In March 2019, Disney officially acquired Fox, gaining the film rights to Deadpool and other Marvel characters. The future of the Deadpool franchise was put on hold as Marvel Studios evaluated its plans. Josh Brolin, who played Cable in Deadpool 2 and Thanos in the MCU, expressed interest in reprising his role. Zazie Beetz also hoped to return as Domino.

In October 2020, Reynolds and Marvel Studios began meeting with potential writers for the third Deadpool film. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin were eventually hired to write the script, which would maintain the R rating and be set in the MCU. Reynolds and Marvel Studios were open to having David Leitch return as director, but it was unlikely due to scheduling conflicts.

In March 2022, Shawn Levy was announced as director, and Reese and Wernick were hired to rewrite the script. Reynolds confirmed that his production company, Maximum Effort, would co-produce the film. The script would incorporate elements of the MCU, with Disney and Marvel supporting comic references to the MCU. Filming was expected to begin in 2022.

In short, after initial uncertainties and shifts in focus, the third Deadpool movie is now in active development under the direction of Shawn Levy. The film will maintain the R rating and will be set in the MCU. The script is being rewritten by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with Ryan Reynolds attached as a producer. Filming is expected to begin in 2022.

Pre-production :

In mid-August 2022, Hugh Jackman agreed to join the third Deadpool movie after a talk about a road trip with Ryan Reynolds, who had been interested in a collaboration for years. In September, Reynolds announced the return of Jackman as Wolverine for Deadpool 3, which is scheduled for a September 6, 2024 release. They clarified that the film would be separate from Logan (2017) and would take place before its events. Pre-production began in October 2022, with filming initially planned for January 2023, but later pushed to November 8, 2024. The film’s title was uncertain, Reynolds referring to it as “The Deadpool Movie/ Wolverine” and Jackman called it Wolverine and Deadpool. . Patrick Stewart was approached to appear, and Emma Corrin joined as the main villain. It was reported that the Time Variation Authority, Mobius M. Mobius and Loki’s Miss Minutes showed up. Matthew Macfadyen joined the cast, playing a supporting role. Karan Soni and Leslie Uggams returned as their respective characters, along with Zeb Wells as a co-writer. Morena Baccarin and Stefan Kapičić negotiated their returns and T.J. Miller reprized his role as Peter. Brianna Hildebrand and Shioli Kutsuna also returned as their characters.

Filming :

Principal photography for the highly anticipated Deadpool 3 film began on May 22, 2023 in London and at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. The film, initially dubbed Tidal Wave, saw George Richmond take on the role of cinematographer. Filming was also scheduled to take place in Vancouver. Although the production start date was initially scheduled for January 2023, it was later postponed, finally starting in May. Fortunately, the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike that began in early May was not expected to significantly affect filming, except for Ryan Reynolds’ inability to contribute to the script during production due to strike regulations. Marvel Studios intended to capture as much footage as possible during principal photography and make any necessary writing adjustments during already-planned reshoots.

Additionally, director Shawn Levy collaborated with Marvel Studios and the creative team behind the Netflix series Stranger Things, where he serves as an executive producer. This collaboration allowed Levy to direct at least one episode of the final season of Stranger Things, as the production schedules for Deadpool 3 and Stranger Things originally overlapped before the writers’ strike caused a delay.

In a surprising move, Deadpool 3’s release date was pushed up to May 3, 2024, building more anticipation among fans.

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