Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld has claimed that Marvel Studios’ five-year plan doesn’t include Deadpool 3, and clarified what he meant by recent comments that seemingly slammed the franchise.
While Ryan Reynolds stated that a third movie for the Merc With a Mouth is officially underway at Marvel Studios following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Liefeld claimed Marvel Cinematic Universe overseer Kevin Feige has “zero” plans for Deadpool. This led to a lengthy rant about the state of Deadpool 3 under Marvel Studios, and now some further comments.
Speaking to io9, Liefeld doubled down on his take that Deadpool 3 probably won’t be coming out anytime soon, saying, “What people don’t like is that I have assessed the schedule for the next, give or take, five years and I don’t see Deadpool on it. [So] I don’t see that it can arrive earlier than that.” He went on to summarize what he knows about Deadpool 3 and added, “Do I know that there is no movement on a Deadpool 3 right now? I know that. Yes. And does that worry me? No. Not at all,”
Explaining where his original comments came from, the comic book creator said, “What I did was I answered a question honestly. And what I learned this week is just lie. Just tell people everything is lollipop and unicorns and rainbows and you’ll be better off in your life because people want to be lied to. Just because some guy goes, ‘Yeah, We’re still moving along’ that’s code for ‘There’s nothing to see here.’”
Reynolds championed Deadpool’s move to the MCU as a “win for everyone involved,” and despite his frustration, at least Liefeld is confident the movie is still in active development – just not as quickly as he’d like.
Following the runaway success of Deadpool 2, with David Leitch’s sequel topping the original Deadpool‘s earnings, there were reports of a third movie and a potential X-Force spinoff. Even though X-Force has reportedly been shelved alongside a number of planned Fox properties, Deadpool 3 is very much alive. The inclusion of Deadpool in a wider MCU also raises questions over what will happen with the X-Men. After the box office bomb of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, it’s still unclear how mutants will be integrated into the MCU.
As it stands, Deadpool 3 joins a growing list of Marvel movies that don’t have a release date. Alongside Deadpool 3, there’s also the upcoming Blade reboot, Ant-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and plenty of other rumors. For the time being, Deadpool 3 is confined to Marvel’s back burner as Feige and the rest of the MCU focus on the franchise’s ever-shifting Phase 4 slate.
Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld has expanded on his recent interview about Marvel Studios, reiterating there are no plans for Deadpool 3 in the MCU.