Ryan Reynolds has finally confirmed what has been suggested but never made clear by Disney executives all year – that a third “Deadpool” is in the works and this time it’s at Marvel Studios.
Appearing on a holiday edition of “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” Reynolds tells Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that his character is returning: “We’re working on it right now with the whole team. We’re over at Marvel, which is the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kind of crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”
“Deadpool” was owned outright by 20th Century Fox, but the property returned to Marvel once Disney’s $71.3 billion Fox acquisition closed in March. Emma Watts, Fox former president of production who had a considerable role in the first two films, will not continue to oversee the franchise.
The first two R-rated films earned an impressive $1.5 billion combined worldwide, all on right budgets of just $58 million and $110 million respectively. Kevin Feige and Disney CEO Bob Iger have previously expressed a willingness for the films to remain R-rated.