‘Deadpool 3’: Marvel Confirms What Fans Have Been Dying to Hear

Deadpool fans, rejoice and breathe easy: The character’s third outing will be R-rated, making Marvel Cinematic Universe history in the process.

The question of how to handle Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, aka the Merc with a Mouth (aka the Space Cowboy, probably, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox and the X-Men film rights) has been a hot-button topic with fans. It was a fair concern, considering Disney’s commitment to squeaky-clean family content.

There was also concern that Ryan Reynolds’ version of the character would be rebooted away along with the rest of the original movie X-Men. Well, fans need not fear, as Deadpool 3 is on track to keep everything they loved about the first two films intact.

Kevin Feige has confirmed that ‘Deadpool 3’ will be a first for the MCU

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Speaking with Collider in the lead-up to WandaVision, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Deadpool 3 is in development and that it will be set in the MCU. He also confirmed that it will be rated R, a major first for Marvel Studios, who have studiously stuck to PG-13 for going on 13 years.

“It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now,” Feige said. “It will not be [filming] this year. 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. 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.”

It remains unclear what time-table Marvel Studios is looking at for the release of Deadpool 3. Feige’s comment that it won’t shoot this year likely puts it in 2023 at the earliest, but with the sheer volume of projects in the works, it may have to wait until 2024. The studio is also working on a full-scale reboot of the X-Men, which also isn’t expected for some time.

The first former Fox property to hit screens will probably be Fantastic Four. Disney confirmed that Jon Watts, director of the Tom Holland Spider-Man trilogy, will be jumping from the wall-crawler to direct Marvel’s first family in their MCU debut.

There have been a few other updates regarding the threequel

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Last year, it was confirmed that sibling screenwriting duo Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin and Wendy Molyneux were preparing a script for Deadpool 3. The sisters are best known as longtime story editors and staff writers on the beloved animated sitcom, Bob’s Burgers. They have also worked on The Great North, another upcoming animated series from the same creators.

Deadpool 3, in addition to its rating, will introduce a lot of other firsts to Marvel Studios. It marks the first time that an MCU adventure lead by a man will be written by women, unless something else beats it to theaters.

It will also be the first time that a direct sequel to another studio’s films will be an entry in the MCU. Other characters like Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Blade were rebooted before making the jump.