The recent costume reveal for Deadpool 3 has sparked some concerns among fans, signaling a change in direction for Ryan Reynolds and the franchise under Marvel Studios. The highly anticipated third installment, directed by Shawn Levy, brings Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for the first time, following its previous association with Fox/Marvel. This is a significant step as the MCU begins to integrate mutants and their related characters into its expansive universe, as seen with Sir Patrick Stewart’s return as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Unlike the Fantastic Four, whose previous iterations were discarded, Marvel Studios intends to incorporate Reynolds’ established Deadpool sub-franchise into the MCU, capitalizing on the growing multiverse concept within the ongoing Multiverse Saga. Although plot details are scarce, it has been confirmed that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine, and Jennifer Garner will return as Elektra. Maintaining the series’ distinctive R-rated tone, Deadpool 3 will be the first MCU film to embrace this rating, offering fans the irreverent and unique humor they have come to expect.
Principal photography for Deadpool 3 has already commenced in London, with Marvel Studios taking great precautions to prevent spoilers. However, the first images of Reynolds in his new Deadpool suit have surfaced online. While the context remains unclear, what stands out is the manner in which the images were released. In contrast to Reynolds’ previous elaborate marketing stunts, Marvel Studios has adopted a more traditional approach, adhering to their practice of withholding marketing material until filming is complete. Typically, they unveil character posters followed by teaser trailers. This change reflects Marvel Studios’ influence and their preference for a more controlled marketing strategy.
Following recent reshuffling of the MCU schedule, Deadpool 3 has been bumped up to a May 2024 release, positioning it alongside other flagship Marvel films like the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. With limited time remaining before the premiere, Marvel Studios faces challenges in debuting the first official look at the movie, especially considering Kevin Feige’s absence from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. While it could be tied to The Marvels, there is a possibility that the reveal might come sooner in the next few months.
As fans eagerly await further details, the arrival of Deadpool 3 in the MCU promises an exciting expansion of the franchise, combining Reynolds’ beloved portrayal with Marvel Studios’ creative vision. While some adjustments may be expected with the change in studio, the integration of Deadpool into the wider MCU opens up a world of possibilities and cements the character’s place among the most iconic superheroes of our time.