Deadpool director Tim Miller has claimed that the third outing wouldn’t need to be R-rated to work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While promoting Love, Death & Robots second season, which just landed on Netflix, the filmmaker reflected on the franchise’s existing movies – which were made before the Disney and 20th Century Fox merger – and suggested that the wise-cracking anti-hero is what keeps audiences’ coming back, not its gory violence and crude language.
“I think Ryan Reynolds’ take on the character and the way he embraces the particular kind of insanity — even if you said he’s not gonna use four-letter words — would still be there,” Miller explained during an interview with Inverse.
“He still is that character. You can take the R-rated parts out of it if you wanted and it would still be Deadpool if Ryan was doing it.”
Back in January, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that they were “working on a script” for another Deadpool sequel and that Reynolds was heavily involved in the process.
“It will be rated R,” he suggested, before detailing that they aren’t expected to start filming until 2022, at least. “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,” he told Collider.
“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.”
Considering the events of Deadpool 2, it seems as if a third film would centre on Deadpool and X-Force, his ragtag team of allies that includes Firefist (Julian Dennison), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), Domino (Zazie Beetz) and, potentially, Josh Brolin’s Cable.
While the very end of the sequel sees Wade use Cable’s newly repaired, time-travelling device to go back in time and save Wade Wilson’s fiancée Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin), it’s uncertain how much of a role she’d have in any instalments going forward.