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As the initial excitement calms down from Disney’s big Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Four announcement at Comic Con, a few lingering questions are starting to pop up. And one big one is: Where the hell was Deadpool? Despite the massive critical and box office success of both Deadpool movies, a third was nowhere to be found in Marvel’s slate of movies in the near future. Part of the problem is the big merger between Disney and 20th Century Fox. Both Deadpool movies were released before the merger was finalized, but now that the whole X-Men franchise—including Deadpool—falls beneath the Disney banner, it’s unclear what the house of mouse will want to do with a foul-mouthed, exceedingly violent superhero character.
In an interview with Uproxx, Deadpool director David Leitch said he’s not really in contact with Disney after the merger. “And it’s not for my lack of trying,” he said.
Leitch continued, talking about the uncertain future of the franchise:
I would never say never. And I think, obviously, he’s such a beloved character and it’s such a compelling world people want to go back. And I think they will find a way to do it. But I’m just being patient and let everybody take a breath and see how it works for them in the new Marvel, Disney world. And, hopefully, I’ll get the call. And that would be cool.
It doesn’t sound promising. But Leitch is absolutely game for another Deadpool movie:
And, honestly, I’m sure there are people who want it more than me, but it would be hard-pressed to find them. I love that world. I love working with Ryan. I love that character, Deadpool. So, fingers crossed we get to bring another installment to life.
But there is, as Leitch notes, a pretty easy way to introduce Deadpool into the MCU:
You can put him in with any one of those characters, or an ensemble of those characters, and it just sort of magnifies what you’re doing. It adds another layer. So that’s probably one aspect that they are entertaining, and hopefully they are entertaining more ideas as well.
There is one glaring problem, though, Disney has never produced an R-rated movie under their own brand, though they have under subsidiary brands. It’s unclear if Disney allow for one of its own Marvel movies to have an R-Rating, which would be the only appropriate way to make a Deadpool 3. Certainly there have been R-rated Marvel movies in the past—such as the original 1998 Blade, released by New Line and Marvel.
That was a different era, though. Now, we find ourselves in a new, Disney controlled world of superhero movies. It seems that, at least for the time being, Disney is giving space to its new 20th Century Fox-owned properties of X-Men and Fantastic 4 until it can do them its own way. Let’s just hope that our boy Deadpool is part of whatever that future holds.