Ryan Reynolds Hopes Deadpool Will Fail After Disney Scraps Threequel

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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool scaling a wall in 'Deadpool'

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Despite gaining widespread acclaim for playing the fan-favorite Merc with a Mouth in Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Deadpool franchise, Ryan Reynolds supposedly wants his character to “lose” in the upcoming threequel after Disney postponed the film’s release date amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) in 'Deadpool 2'
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Recently, the Shawn Levy-helmed Deadpool 3 (2024) has been the subject of countless headlines, all for various reasons. For one, some buzzy Taylor Swift cameo rumors have some convinced that the best-selling singer will make her MCU debut in the film, while others speculate that Disney and Marvel have thrown its release date out the window amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes currently rocking Hollywood.

While word on Taylor Swift’s role in the ever-expanding Multiverse has yet to be confirmed, it seems that, unfortunately, the Deadpool threequel is heading for a lengthy delay, with outlets such as Deadline and DailyMail reporting that the R-rated blockbuster is moving off its May release date after a slew of costly strike-related delays.

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However, hope prevails, with SAG-AFTRA union representatives and studios set to return to negotiations on Tuesday of this week. If successful, Deadpool 3 could avoid being postponed after all. Still, the likelihood of that seems slim after nearly four months of actors like its leading men, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, withholding their labor.

It’s safe to say that Disney are banking on the success of Deadpool 3, which promises an ever more gory, violent, and action-packed story that will finally bring Wade Wilson into MCU canon, along with certain X-Men — many of whom could make a cameo in the upcoming threequel. But weirdly enough, despite rooting for the movie, Reynolds supposedly told its director that he wants his character to “lose” in the new story — a stark departure from his typical world-saving, anti-hero shenanigans.

Deadpool sits down and reads from a piece of paper
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Over the years, Ryan Reynolds has frequently gotten his, frankly, ass kicked in front of audiences, starring in action flicks like Red Notice (2021) and other R-rated thrillers. And Deadpool 3 will be no exception. Before production was shut down on the threequel, fans already saw a glimpse of the infamous Merc with a Mouth fighting with Wolverine, the latter of which will play a key role in the film.

And believe it or not, Deadpool getting thrashed around seems to all be part of the plan, according to director Shawn Levy. Speaking in an interview on The Jess Cagle Show, Levy opened up about Reynolds and Jackman’s tight bond, saying that “both guys are always trying to set up the other to win,” but that Reynolds “is amazing at wanting Deadpool to lose:”

Hugh is such a fan of Ryan’s and Ryan knows the opportunity that it is to have Wolverine co-star in a Deadpool movie. Both guys are always trying to set up the other to win and I’ll say this, because Ryan also was my fellow writer on this movie and is my fellow producer on this movie at every turn, Ryan is amazing at wanting Deadpool to lose.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
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To clarify, Levy added that the reason that Deadpool loses is due to him being “deeply flawed,” while “Wolverine is Wolverine,” but it’s also because Reynolds believes in putting the story first in favor of serving his ego:

The truth is that Deadpool’s awesome, but he’s deeply flawed and Wolverine is Wolverine and so I’ll just say that as a 360-[degree] creative force Ryan operates from a place of ‘what’s going to be most satisfying to the story’ not from a place of ‘well, I gotta get equal number of victories and punches into the other character’.

Based on Levy’s comments, it sounds like we can expect to see a more grounded, self-reflective Wade Wilson this time around — one who’s willing to let Wolverine get the last punch in so long as it makes for a “satisfying” story. Plus, it’s nothing new for the franchise to see Deadpool losing a limb or two, with most of his solo adventures often ending with some R-rated slapstick with him as the victim.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
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There’s also some hilariously appropriate comic book material for Levy and the other filmmakers to work with, given that Deadpool has a lengthy history of losing several more limbs to Wolverine’s claws — something that will undoubtedly feature in the upcoming threequel.

For now, Deadpool 3 is still slated to release in 2024, and it’ll be interesting to see if not only Deadpool but also Wolverine will stumble across some formidable villains, both new and old. With plenty of exciting rumors circulating across the internet, only time will tell — but only if shooting can continue soon.

Deadpool 3 arrives in theaters in May 2024.

Are you excited to see the Merc with a Mouth back in action? Do you want to see him “lose” this time around? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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