Deadpool 2 opens in theaters this Friday, and despite the fact that the general public hasn't seen the film yet, fans are already wondering if the Merc With a Mouth will be returning for a third foul-mouthed romp. Just recently, the movie's star, Ryan Reynolds, went on the record, saying that he wasn't sure if there'd be a Deadpool 3.
Speaking to SYFY WIRE on the New York red carpet of Deadpool 2, producer Simon Kinberg voiced his optimism for more Deadpool movies, if the first sequel one does well.
“We certainly hope one’s coming and the truth is, it’s as infinite as the comics," he said. "The comics have many, many, many, many stories and we can never tell as many stories as that, so like I say, we take our lead from the comics and we go from there.”
Since the upcoming sequel involves the formation of the mutant group known as X-Force, however, a new addition to the franchise is already in the works with Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) as writer and director.
According to Reynolds, who spoke with Variety, that will be more of a "group effort" spinoff than a direct follow-up. At the moment, he just wants to focus on Deadpool 2 and if there's a Deadpool 3, "down the road, I'm sure we'll figure it out," he told the outlet.
Screenwriter Paul Wernick echoed the actor's sentiments, telling SYFY WIRE that Goddard's X-Force is definitely coming first. "We're gonna take a little bit of a breath and then start thinking about what's next for Deadpool," he said. Wernick co-wrote the screenplay with Rhett Reese and Reynolds.
Kinberg, the man in charge of all the X-Men-related properties at 20th Century Fox, is currently working on next year's Dark Phoenix movie. When SYFY WIRE asked about all the jabs Reynolds takes at other studios and superhero franchises, Kingberg admitted that the studio would have been hesitant to include such jokes the first time around. After the success of the first Deadpool, the crew was basically given a blank check to do anything and everything.
“On this movie, they were just like, ‘Deliver the movie on time, please,’ so they let us do whatever we wanted and I think they had a good sense of humor about it, too... They didn’t wanna control us in any way," said Kinberg.