'Deadpool 3' release date, cast, and role in Marvel's PG-13-rated MCU

How will the Merc With a Mouth fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universes?

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Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox and all the superheroes the company had the right too shifted the superhero cinematic landscape as we know it, making it possible for the X-Men and Fantastic Four to start punching Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the fate of everyone’s favorite R-rated Merc With a Mouth hangs in the balance. Is Deadpool 3 ever going to happen?

What place does a foul-mouthed Deadpool have in the comparatively tame MCU where Captain America had a reputation for policing foul language for years? Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds teased in July 2019 that the third film might be part of Marvel’s Phase Five, but is it true? And what about the rumored X-Force spinoff?

So far, everything about any future Deadpool movies remains unconfirmed, but there’s strong evidence to support that Wade Wilson’s return to the big screen in some capacity is inevitable.

Here’s everything we know about Deadpool 3, from the cast and characters to possible release dates to how the R-rated franchise even fits into Marvel’s PG-13 cinematic universe.

Deadpool in the first film.

Is Deadpool 3 confirmed or canceled?

Before the Disney-Fox merger, Deadpool 3 seemed all but certain, but as of this writing, the third film remains unconfirmed even if there are plenty of hints that Deadpool 3 is happening.

In an interview with i09 from October 2019, Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese spoke about their enthusiasm to continue the character’s story in a third film.

“The plan and the hope is that Marvel allows us to continue Deadpool in his R-rated universe that he lives in and also, hopefully over time, we get to play a little bit in the MCU sandbox as well,” Wernick said.

Reese echoed the sentiment, saying, “It’s all undetermined.”

Also in October, Ryan Reynolds shared an of himself image at Marvel Studios HQ. His snarky Instagram caption didn’t confirm anything, but the obvious explanation is that he met with Marvel and Disney execs to discuss the future of Deadpool.

Then, in November 2019, HN Entertainment reported that Disney had designated a shell company called “Finger Guns Production LLC.” Deadpool seems like the only Disney character that would fit a gun-related production company name like that.

All signs point to Deadpool 3 being very early in the production process, but everything remains unconfirmed.

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Deadpool still has X-Men friends going into 'Deadpool 3'.

When is the Deadpool 3 release date?

Disney has not confirmed the film is even happening, so a release date for Deadpool 3 remains a mystery.

Reynolds has previously implied that if it happens, Deadpool 3 would be part of Marvel’s Phase Five. In theory, Phase Four will finish in late 2021 with the release of Thor: Love & Thunder on November 5, 2021 or perhaps even later with the release of the Hawkeye Disney+ series. Marvel has already confirmed all of the Phase Four titles, so anything else that gets announced will presumably happen as part of Phase Five.

Blade, Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2, and Avengers 5 are all expected for release in 2022 or 2023. Deadpool 3 could possibly be released at some point in that timeframe as well.

February 8 and July 29 in 2022 are currently booked for Marvel movies, but no specific films have been attached. Deadpool 3 could claim one of those — or it might not.

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Will Domino make a return to 'Deadpool 3'?

Who’s in the Deadpool 3 cast?

In the newly assembled X-Force during Deadpool 2, only Deadpool and Domino survive — but Deadpool uses a time travel device to later save the powerless Peter from his gruesome death. Cable also becomes an unlikely ally in the efforts to stop Russell Collins (aka, Firefist) from becoming a homicidal maniac in a dark version of the future.

Deadpool also gets help from X-Men members Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Yukio at different points in the movie. Plus, there’s Deadpool’s former roommate Blind Al and his friend/taxi driver Dopinder. Through some time travel shenanigans, Wade’s fiancée Vanessa survives as well.

All of these characters are likely to return in the sequel, but there’s no way to know for sure.

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Whatever happened to the X-Force spinoff movie?

In January 2019, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld tweeted that the rumored X-Force movie had become a “victim of the merger,” referring to the Disney-Fox megadeal that froze many of Fox’s productions.

How might Deadpool crossover with other Marvel characters?

In August 2019, industry insider Tim Vo from Lords of the Long Box tweeted that his sources said Deadpool would appear in the Black Widow post-credits scene and then again in Avengers 5. That could be Deadpool’s launching point in the MCU. The tone doesn’t quite seem right for Deadpool’s debut, but at this time, there’s really no way to know for sure.

Deadpool has a rich history with Spider-Man in the comics and some animated series, so seeing two of Marvel’s goofiest characters interact would be a delight in live-action when the third Spider-Man Tom Holland movie premieres in July 2021, but that’s also just us speculating.

Deadpool 3 remains unconfirmed.

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