Even though they used to be incredibly apprehensive about giving Deadpool a movie after inexplicably sewing his mouth shut, it looks as though Twentieth Century Fox just can’t seem to get enough of the character these days. It was recently confirmed that the forthcoming X-Force movie would feature both Deadpool and Cable (his co-star in the upcoming Deadpool 2), but today, they’re making it absolutely clear that X-Force is not Deadpool 3, which is apparently also a thing that’s in development now at Fox.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Deadpool 2 producer Rhett Reese confirmed X-Force would not be the culmination of the Deadpool trilogy, but a companion piece to it. Reese said the following about how development on the first sequel – and its introduction of both Cable and Domino to the franchise – is going to affect future plans:
“I also think it’s working in an expansive way towards X-Force, which will really be more of an ensemble. But then that will allow us to do both an X-Force movie and a Deadpool 3, which actually contracts back down. Yeah, Deadpool 3 will be different from X-Force. So I think we’ll be able to take two paths. One is where we’re launching something bigger, but then another where we’re contracting and staying personal and small. So I think best of all worlds, really.”
While it was previously reported that Deadpool 3 was in development, the wording in the original article suggested that the movie would be the X-Force film and not a standalone feature with the Merc with a Mouth. So now we know the truth: Fox is looking to make the most out of the franchise by having X-Force serve as an Avengers-esque event film that will be followed by another, much smaller Deadpool movie, much like what happened to the Iron Man film series. In a way, it almost seems as if Deadpool – and not the X-Men team itself – is going to be the primary focus of the franchise going forward. Fox must be pretty happy that that footage leaked years ago, or else they might be in a completely different situation altogether.
Deadpool 2, X-Force, and Deadpool 3 are all currently without release dates, but it seems as though the movies are set to arrive in that order.