‘Deadpool 3’ Will Explore Fox’s X-Men Legacy, Confirms Director

Deadpool 3 has long been rumored to feature other iconic X-Men from their time under Fox’s umbrella alongside Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. In a recent interview, director Shawn Levy confirmed they won’t ignore the history of Marvel characters at Fox.

For months rumors have swirled that Deadpool 3 will be the nexus of Fox’s X-Men films, with many key characters returning alongside Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth similar to Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. It seems as though these rumors may be true, as Shawn Levy recently confirmed their acknowledgment of Fox’s legacy in the film:

“And Deadpool and Wolverine are iconic Marvel characters; more specifically, iconic Marvel-of-the-Fox-era characters,” Levy told Total Film Magazine. “We’re not going to pretend: ‘Oh, we snap our fingers, and suddenly that Fox legacy doesn’t exist, and it shaped a lot of what we now know as the MCU.’ Fox also shaped Ryan’s career, Hugh’s career and my career. So there’s a lot of history there, and there’s a lot of Marvel history at Fox. And certainly, that’s a part of our storytelling.”

This news certainly comes as a relief to fans who worried Deadpool 3 might lean too heavily into setting up the next era of X-Men for the MCU (and potentially Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine for Avengers: Secret Wars.) Luckily it seems as though Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds are dedicated to bringing fans a celebration of the Fox’s tenure with the Marvel brand, not a complete destruction.

Who else is attached to the Deadpool threequel?

The first two Deadpool movies were produced by 20th Century Fox before the studio’s acquisition by The Walt Disney Company. Deadpool 3 is being written as the first movie in the series set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Shawn Levy is directing Deadpool 3 after working with Ryan Reynolds on Free Guy and The Adam Project. The upcoming Marvel Studios project also marks a reunion between Levy and Hugh Jackman as the two worked together on Real Steel.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are developing the Deadpool 3 script after penning the first two installments in the series. The Molyneux sisters worked on a previous draft of the project.

Deadpool 3 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2024. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

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