Shawn Levy looks set to continue his fruitful relationship with Ryan Reynolds into a third franchise, continuing the popular Deadpool series. 

Shawn Levy has been announced as the director for Deadpool 3, continuing his successful association with Ryan Reynolds. The pair have already collaborated on last year’s Free Guy as well as The Adam Project, which hit Netflix this very month. Both films received positive receptions and so Levy, also a key member of the Stranger Things production team, will be picking up the reins of the Deadpool franchise.

We’ve known for some time that a third Deadpool movie was coming, but along with the announcement of Levy’s involvement comes the news that the writing team on the project has also changed. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first two films, have also rejoined to work on the third one, replacing Bob’s Burgers pair Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin who scripted the early drafts of Deadpool 3

Deadpool 3 will offer up an interesting conundrum for 20th Century Studios and its owners, Disney. In the past, the temptation may have been to keep the ultra-violent, foul-mouthed anti-hero as far from the PG-13 Marvel Cinematic Universe as possible, so as not to tarnish the Disney brand. However, the stratospheric success of Spider-Man: No Way Home has proved beyond all doubt that untold riches lie in that there multiverse, and the lure of fortune and glory might just persuade the two companies to attempt threading a very fine needle and somehow bring the character into the MCU fold.

Equally likely is the possibility that the character could explore other cinematic universes in greater detail, as that would still stoke fan interest whilst keeping Deadpool away from the family-friendly MCU. Either Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire seem to be rumoured to be involved in every superhero project mentioned at the moment, so who knows?

Perhaps to that end, Shawn Levy was only discussing the possibility of bringing Hugh Jackman, the former Wolverine, and Reynolds together for a movie, just the other day. Levy said that “what we want is to fold it all in together and make a big, fat bromance sandwich of a movie, because the world wants the Hugh Jackman-Ryan Reynolds movie. I don’t know exactly what it’s going to be, but I know it needs to be me who directs it.”

Whilst the director didn’t mention the character of Wolverine, you can bet that the internet is abuzz with the idea. Whichever direction the project goes in, it will be interesting to see what happens next. We’ll bring you more news as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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