Current early estimates for the “Deadpool” sequel have indicated the film is on track to gross more than $150 million during its domestic opening weekend alone, easily exceeding the original and easily making a good case for a third film.
Speaking with EW this week though, the film’s star Ryan Reynolds says he has some major doubts about the franchise’s future. He says that if they did a third film it would have to be drastically different:
“I don’t know that there would be a ‘Deadpool 3.’ I really don’t. 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.
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… I do think that we could go to a lot of very unexpected places. I’ll just put it that way, but I would love that.”
The character is next expected to be seen in the team-up film “X-Force,” but that will depend upon how the Disney/Fox merger is going. As will the Channing Tatum-led “Gambit” spinoff film which is still moving forward says “X-Men” franchise producer Simon Kinberg who adds:
“We haven’t had any discussions yet about what the Disney acquisition of Fox would look like for the Marvel properties because I think legally they’re not allowed to talk about it until it’s done. So no we haven’t talked about it all. We’re just moving forward as we move forward. Once Drew Goddard’s ready we’ll get into X-Force and, believe it or not, we’re still trying to get Gambit up and running. The hope is to keep moving forward until we hear otherwise. To me, I have no idea what to expect but I think it could be really exciting.”
In related news, IMAX has released its official poster for the film designed by Andy Fairhurst, along with several runners-up. Also, singer Celine Dion has posted the music video for her new tie-in single “Ashes” with Deadpool himself appearing alongside the singer in some scenes. Check them all out below: