Deadpool 2 hits theaters soon, but the Merc with a Mouth’s future is a little unclear after that. In a new interview, star Ryan Reynolds confessed he’s not sure if there will be a Deadpool 3, but that Deadpool will likely live on in some way, as the regenerative anti-hero is wont to do.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (natch), Reynolds revealed that another Deadpool solo movie wasn’t a sure thing, despite the profitable character’s wild popularity.

“I don’t know that there would be a Deadpool 3. I really don’t,” Reynolds said, explaining he’s concerned Deadpool doesn’t exactly play nice with others — a problem in the age of interconnected, continuity rich superhero universes.

“I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I don’t think that you can keep doing that,” Reynolds continued. “I do see him as being a part of X-Force, obviously. I would love to see him in a team-up sort of thing, like a mano a mano or a great female character from the X-Men universe. I just think if you’re going to do another Deadpool solo film, you’ve got to really, like, get that budget down to nothing and just swing for the fences, and break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do.”

Deadpool will return for the X-Force movie that Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard is working on, but that is all that’s officially on the docket for now. Should Deadpool ride again, Reynolds is suggesting that the movie could be very, very different from the usual spandex fare, which would be a sight to see.

“Why do they all have to be big comic book movies?” he said. “It could be anything. Deadpool could be a Sundance film.”

Given that Deadpool has already co-starred in a Celine Dion music video, it feels like anything truly is possible in this weird franchise.


Deadpool 2 opens on May 18.

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