Twentieth Century Fox hit an unexpected goldmine earlier this year when they released Deadpool, which rode its positive buzz to the status of highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time. Naturally, the studio quickly moved forward on a sequel, seeing the Merc With a Mouth as one of its most popular and marketable characters. It’s true that Deadpool 2 recently lost director Tim Miller, but the hunt for a replacement is underway and the project should only encounter a slight delay when it’s all said and done.
With comic book movies very much in vogue these days, Fox would be foolish if they were not thinking about the longterm in their vision for the franchise. If everything goes according to plan, there will be a Deadpool 3 coming through the pipeline eventually, and Wade Wilson will have some friends to fight alongside with.
Per a report in THR, Fox is already in the early stages of putting together a third Deadpool movie with the intention of making the X-Force involved as well. Fans may recall that an X-Force film has long been in development, and following the success of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds said that project was a “priority” for the future. In an age where crossovers and team-ups are more important than standard solo character vehicles, it’s no surprise this is what the studio has in mind.