Deadpool Creator Knows Exactly Who to Blame for the Delay of ‘Deadpool 3’ — Marvel and Kevin Feige

Deadpool 3 might be delayed longer than previously thought. Ryan Reynolds has already confirmed that development on the third movie is underway, but it sounds like it might be a long time before Deadpool 3 gets beyond the development stage. With fans wondering when the Merc with the Mouth will be back in action, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld knows exactly who to blame for the delay: Marvel and Kevin Feige.

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Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Marvel preps for a busy Phase 4

Last summer, Marvel announced its full slate of Phase 4 projects. Over the next two years, fans will see several projects hit the big screens, including Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Blade.

Marvel also has a slew of television shows in the works for Disney+, such as Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight.

These projects were on schedule until the coronavirus pandemic delayed production. All of Marvel’s Phase 4 movies have since been pushed back several months, with Black Widow now leading the charge in November instead of May (assuming things stay on track from here on out).

With Marvel having a packed schedule over the next two years, Liefeld does not see any room for Deadpool 3 until after Phase 4 is over. Depending on when Blade is released, the earliest slot for Deadpool 3 is in the fall of 2022.

Rob Liefeld shares his thoughts on why ‘Deadpool 3’ has been delayed

With Deadpool 3 seemingly a ways off, Liefeld put the blame squarely on Marvel and Feige’s shoulders. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Liefeld argued that Marvel has been delaying Deadpool 3 because the franchise does not fit with the studio’s vision for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I blame Marvel…blame Marvel that that hasn’t happened yet,” Liefeld shared. “They are the reason it isn’t happening. Whatever conundrum or it didn’t fit into your master plan, just commission it. Okay, commission it.”

There is no denying that Deadpool is very different from anything Marvel has produced in the past decade. The studio has built a family-friendly brand while Reynolds’ Deadpool paved the way for R-rated superhero films.

If Marvel does not know how to add Deadpool without giving up the character’s raunchy side, Liefeld believes the studio should give Reynolds creative control. This would likely keep Deadpool out of the MCU but it would give fans a third film a lot sooner.

The first Deadpool movie was made on a budget of $58 million. The movie earned $782 million at the box office. Deadpool 2 had a larger budget of $110 million and earned slightly more than the original at $785 million.

Does Marvel have plans for ‘Deadpool 3’?

Disney bought Fox last year for $71 billion, acquiring the rights to Deadpool and X-Men. At the time of the buyout, Fox was working on several projects, including an X-Force spin-off and a few X-Men related movies, such as Gambit (Channing Tatum) and Multiple Man (James Franco).

Marvel has not revealed what has happened to these projects following the merger, but Liefeld, who also created X-Force, is doubtful about their future. Considering how we are now a few years out before Deadpool 3, he might be right.

“I don’t know. Here’s what people don’t want to hear, but thank God I’m a realist. I feel like Deadpool, the movies, they’ve set sail,” he stated.

Liefeld added that he is “not really that crazy” about the studio’s plan for the MCU. He then criticized Feige for letting Chris Evans walk away from Captain America and for killing off Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Avengers: Endgame.

He also took a shot at the fact that Marvel almost lost Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to Sony last year, despite having big plans for the character. He concluded that he is not excited about Deadpool 3 because it could be another four years before that movie hits theaters.

Marvel has yet to respond to Liefeld’s comments about Deadpool’s future in the MCU.