While Disney's acquisition of the majority of Fox's properties is looking to finalize early next year, Ryan Reynolds assured fans that plans for a third Deadpool film, as well as an X-Force spinoff, are still moving forward at a special screening of Deadpool 2 last night.
At a Deadpool 2 screening for the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences as part of the film's campaign for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld provided an overview of the Q&A with the Reynolds along with co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
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DEADPOOL Q&A Academy Screening! The Academy screening filled the legendary Zanuck Theater on the Fox lot last night. The place was at capacity and the sense I got was that many of these folks were seeing the film for the first time. My son turned to me after the first few roars of fresh laughter and said “Have these people really not seen this yet?” “Welcome to Hollywood, son.” I whispered back. Feels like some academy members may wait until screening season to catch up. Afterwards there was a spirited Q&A with Ryan and his co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Each of them are writers are on the film as well as producers. The big takeaways from the Q&A are as follows. 1) The purpose of Deadpool 2 was to find Wade a family and a sense of belonging amongst the dysfunctional X-Force, hence it being a “family” film. 2) Hiding the fate of X-Force was priority and they enjoyed the mis-direct created with the extra attention marketing provided by making them seem more important in the grand scheme. 3) THE CODA’S were shot after the film had been testing well and they were not glimpsed until the film’s release. 4) TIME TRAVEL can be tricky but they utilized it as a means of changing Vanessa’s fate, something they hotly debated given it could be seen as cowardly but ultimately felt served the characters the best. 5. Ryan shared that un-used CODA’S involved Deadpool peeing on ShatterStar’s grave, Peter showing up with a prosthetic arm and an entire new X-Force team auditioning. 6. DEADPOOL 3 - Ryan said there is no shortage of ideas for DP 3 and in fact Paul Wernick pitched him a fresh take in the lobby prior to the Q&A. Rhett commented that X-Force is brewing as well, very exciting. 7) The turnaround between the 1st and 2nd film was a brisk 12 months. I’d say they nailed it! Good news all around. Wishing the film and its award campaign the very best! #deadpool #marvel
Liefeld revealed that the writing team are still talking plans for a sequel with Wernick pitching a new story idea to Reynolds just before the Q&A began while Reese confirmed the X-Force film is still moving forward.
Additionally, Reynolds revealed there were other mid-credits scenes that ultimately went unused in Deadpool 2 including a scene of the Merc with a Mouth urinating on Shatterstar's grave, fan-favorite X-Force member Peter returning with a prosthetic arm, and a new team auditioning for a future mission.
In the meantime, fans can watch the more family-friendly Once Upon a Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Julian Dennison, Josh Brolin, and Fred Savage. The alternate PG-13 cut of the film will be in theaters from December 12 to December 24.