Will Deadpool 3 Be Delayed Because of Ryan Reynolds’ New Movie?

On Friday, reports began to surface that suggest Ryan Reynolds' next project will be a still unnamed time travel movie being developed by Shawn Levy (Free Guy) and some of the producers of Mission: Impossible and Top Gun films. Assuming that things go according to schedule, which we can't count out given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the reports say that this new film will enter production in 2021. Given that this film will keep Reynolds busy for a while, it seems unlikely that Reynolds will be bringing Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Deadpool 3 in the near future.

Outside of the new time-traveling project, Reynolds is also expected to star in (and produce) Netflix's live-action adaptation of Dragon's Lair. The streamer had previously spent a year negotiating for the rights to the video game property, so it's clear the streamer is serious on bringing the project to fruition — especially now the company has dedicated an additional $1 billion towards the development of original content.

Then comes the fact of the current state of Hollywood, given the delay of one blockbuster after the next due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To date, every studio has shifted movies between now and July back to later this year, or even into 2021. On top of that, several tentpoles scheduled for release in 2021 have already been delayed as studios anticipate not being able to begin production in time to get the movies done.

Despite Reynolds already confirming Deadpool 3 is something in the works at Marvel Studios, the Burbank-based outfit doesn't have an open date until 2023. Even then, it's possible those 2023 dates start getting filled by existing movies from Marvel (or Disney, for that matter) should they need to be delayed again.

Then again, it was all but guaranteed we wouldn't have seen Deadpool 3 until 2022 or 2023 the way it; that way, any delays — which we'll never know have taken place, at least in the case of the Deadpool threequel — will be minimal. Unless, of course, the delays have triggered a deeper process at Marvel Studios which has caused the studio to remove the project from the slate entirely, though that's incredibly unlikely.

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