With Marvel Studios having released information on their Marvel Cinematic Universe release lineup for the next two years, one fan-favorite character was not featured: Deadpool. Even so, director David Leitch -- who helmed 2018's Deadpool 2 -- remains hopeful that he will be able to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the MCU in the future.
"I don't, honestly. And it's not for my lack of trying," Leitch told Uproxx upon being asked if he had any idea what Marvel Studios' plan for Deadpool could be going forward. "And I also want to give - I'm just giving everybody their time.
"I know Marvel announced their slate and I think people were like, 'Deadpool's not on it.' I would never say never," he continued, "And I think, obviously, he's such a beloved character and it's such a compelling world people want to go back. And I think they will find a way to do it. But I'm just being patient and let everybody take a breath and see how it works for them in the new Marvel, Disney world. And, hopefully, I'll get the call. And that would be cool."
Leitch added that Deadpool's ability to break conventions, becoming inherently meta in the process, gives the character the unique ability to join any of the established superheroes or ensembles in the MCU, adding another layer to the stories Marvel might be interested in telling.
"What's great about Deadpool, like you kind of just said, you can put him in with any one of those characters, or an ensemble of those characters, and it just sort of magnifies what you're doing," he said. "It adds another layer. So that's probably one aspect that they are entertaining, and, hopefully, they are entertaining more ideas as well."
Marvel Studios locked down the rights to portray X-Men characters -- and thus, Deadpool -- on film as a result of Disney's recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox. However, despite Disney suggesting the Deadpool film series would continue under their banner, nothing has been revealed regarding how and when this will take place. Thus far, Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige has only vaguely teased the newly-acquired Fox properties joining the MCU at some point down the road.
When it comes to Deadpool specifically, Leitch is adamant that you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wants a third movie more than him, with the director recently revealing that he has "a lot of ideas" for more films.