MCU Deadpool 3 Movie Officially Finds Its Director

Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3 moves forward by hiring director Shawn Levy, who recently worked with Ryan Reynolds on Free Guy and The Adam Project.

Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3 has found a director, as Shawn Levy will reteam with Ryan Reynolds again after Free Guy. Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox assets, it was unclear if the Deadpool franchise would live on. Marvel Studios eventually confirmed plans for a third solo film starring Reynolds as Wade Wilson, as Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin were hired to write the R-rated movie, which will officially be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the time since Deadpool 3 was officially announced, news on the highly anticipated sequel has not come often. Since Marvel Studios never gave the movie an official release date, it remained unclear how quickly the MCU’s first R-rated movie would happen. Reynolds did his part to continue teasing the development of the sequel, but he also remained quite busy filming various projects, such as Red NoticeFree Guy, and The Adam Project. After promising that news on Deadpool 3 would come soon, a major update on the movie has now arrived.


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According to THR, Marvel Studios is in negotiations with Shawn Levy to direct Deadpool 3. This marks the third collaboration between Levy and Reynolds, as they worked together on Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy and Netflix’s new sci-fi movie The Adam Project. Levy is also known for directing Real Steel and multiple episodes of Stranger Things. Considering the close relationship he has with Reynolds, it is expected that Levy’s deal to direct Deadpool 3 will close. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who wrote the prior two movies, are also now working on the latest draft of the script.


Levy had become a fan-favorite option to direct Deadpool 3 in recent months after Free Guy‘s success and positive reviews for The Adam Project rolled in. The confirmation that he is now nearing a deal to direct the sequel and work with Reynolds again should be met with much favor as a result. Many will also likely be happy to see Wernick and Reese return to write the latest draft of the script, which was previously written by the Molyneux sisters from Bob’s Burgers. It gives Deadpool 3 a mix of new and familiar members of the creative team as the movie leaves Fox’s X-Men franchise behind for the MCU.

It should be quite interesting to see what Levy brings to Deadpool 3. Tim Miller and David Leitch previously put their stamps on the franchise, but now Levy is already familiar with how Reynolds works from Free Guy and The Adam Project. Their third movie together will be quite different, as Levy has never directed an R-rated movie like Deadpool 3. The director’s prior work shows a strong mixture of comedy and action, though, and these qualities work hand-in-hand with Deadpool. Now, he’ll be able to push the jokes and action even further by leaning into Deadpool 3‘s R-rating.

This is also hopefully a great sign that many more Deadpool 3 announcements are on the way. The movie still doesn’t have a release date, and it is not confirmed if Zazie Beetz’s Domino, Josh Brolin’s Cable, or any other characters from prior installments will return. Now that Levy is directing Deadpool 3, Marvel Studios could begin revealing much more about Reynolds’ upcoming MCU movie.

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Source: THR

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