While plot details for the long-awaited sequel have yet to be revealed, if they’re using movies like “48 Hours” and “Midnight Run” as touchstones, that could only be a good omen. One thing we know for sure is that the movie will still be R-rated like the first two “Deadpool” movies, even though the Marvel Cinematic Universe has historically stuck to PG-13 ratings. Disney seemingly doesn’t want to compromise what made them work in the first place. Good.
Speaking of compromise, 2017’s “Logan” seemed like it was going to be the end of the line for Jackman’s Wolverine, as he dies at the end of the movie. The actor even said for a very long time that he was retiring as the character given that the film seemed like a fitting end. But life finds a way, as it were, and Jackman was convinced to come back for one last ride. Mangold, for his part, does have some strong feelings about that. Speaking with Variety, the filmmaker explained that there’s a part of him that wishes it wasn’t the case, but he also understands why it’s happening. As he said:
“I can’t say that there’s a part of me that doesn’t wish that we’d let it be. But there was always going to be another Wolverine. There could be a baby Wolverine and a cartoon Wolverine. As much liquid as they can squeeze out of that rag, they’re going to try to. I don’t measure my success on a movie like Logan with whether we ended the conversation. I ended my conversation.”
But there’s no bad blood. Jackman previously revealed that he actually asked for Mangold’s blessing before agreeing to come back for the sequel. That was certainly a classy move, given what they accomplished together in making “Logan.”
“Deadpool 3” is currently set to hit theaters on May 3, 2024.