Deadpool was the first of its kind in the sense that it was the first R-Rated superhero movie to really kill it at the box office, achieving critical acclaim and making a fortune in the process. In the end, Deadpool 1 and 2 grossed $1.5 billion combined.
This success made it clear that R-Rated superhero movies could work and without it we may not have seen last year’s Joker movie or 2017’s R-Rated Wolverine movie, Logan. So Deadpool 3 was a no brainer right?
You would think so but for anyone that doesn’t know, Disney recently acquired Fox, one of the companies that Marvel leased some of their characters movie rights off to when they were in financial trouble. One of these characters being Deadpool.
Of course, a lot has changed since then. Disney bought Marvel back in 2009 and Marvel are now doing very well financially. Which brings us to now, where Marvel has basically got the rights back to Deadpool through the Disney-Fox merger.
Prior to this, there were all sorts of plans involving the character rumoured to be in the works, ranging from Deadpool 3 to an X-Force movie. But when the merger happened this left everything up in the air.
Disney/Marvel Vs Deadpool?
This is not Marvel anymore, it’s Marvel with Disney pulling the strings and they aren’t exactly known for adult movies. So, fans have been wondering what all of this means for the Deadpool franchise.
Deadpool creator, Rob Liefeld told ComicBook.com that the blame for the lack of progress with the next Deadpool movie rests solely on Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige’s shoulders.
“I blame Marvel…blame Marvel that that hasn’t happened yet,” Liefeld exclaimed. “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. You know if Frank Frazetta was still around, you would say, ‘Frank paint for me.'”
“So, do I have a lot of faith in that system? Dude, I have no idea. So this is where I’m not that, I’m not giving you the answers you want. I’m like yeah, yeah. Look if it happens, terrific. How old am I gonna be when that happens? And literally I used to be like, yeah, Mark Ruffalo, Hulk and Deadpool would make for a funny movie right?” He added. “But, none of these guys are getting younger, right okay?”
Marvel has announced their Phase 4 plans, mapping out all of their releases for the next three years. Even going as far as to announce a Blade movie that will be released after Phase 4. But we’ve still yet to see any concrete plans involving the properties that they got the rights back to during the Disney-Fox merger.
So, how and when the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will be introduced into the MCU remains a mystery but knowing Marvel they will no doubt catch us off guard with some kind of surprise very soon.