“Deadpool 3” Director Shawn Levy Promises Franchise Remains As Hardcore As Ever
Just because the Merc with the Mouth is moving over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, don’t expect him to be any less foul-mouthed, ferocious, or funny. That’s the promise that Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy is making. In a conversation with Collider, Levy says that what fans have come to expect from the Deadpool franchise remains very much intact as they prep the third film, the first to officially fall under Disney’s MCU banner.
Levy is prepping Deadpool 3 with Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Levy and Reynolds have already made two successful films together—Free Guy and The Adam Project, yet this is Levy’s first time directing Reynolds’ cinematic baby, so to speak, following Tim Miller, who directed 2016’s Deadpool, and David Leitch, who helmed 2018’s Deadpool 2.
“We are writing, rewriting, developing, prepping Deadpool every day now,” Levy told Collider. “It is such a blast to laugh every day. It is so delicious to hear and write and come up with these scenes where people are just talking foul. And the violence is in your face and hardcore, and it’s very much a Deadpool movie.”
While not a single frame of the film has been shot, there’s already been a ton of excitement surrounding this third go-round thanks, in part, to the announcement that Hugh Jackman will be reprising the role of Wolverine for the film. This is, of course, despite Wolverine’s very dramatic and bittersweet death in James Mangold’s Logan. The film is slated to begin filming around May 2023.
“I’m having so much fun, and I haven’t even hit the shooting floor yet,” Levy told Collider. “I have to say, developing a Deadpool movie is one of the most fun, creative experiences of my life because it’s not just that it’s rated R. It’s that it’s so filled with self-awareness, and that makes in-writing very, very fun in a way that is unique to that franchise.”
Now that the franchise is officially a Marvel movie, all those jokes in the previous two films about how Deadpool couldn’t get any of the proper Marvel superheroes on his side—he even visited Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters, and had to “settle” for the likes of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) will likely be turned on his head. Especially considering Wolverine is now officially in the mix.
Deadpool 3 is set for a November 8, 2024 release.
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Featured image: Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.