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‘Deadpool 3’ News: Marvel Hires Shawn Levy to Direct Ryan Reynolds

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NEW YORK - SEPT 10, 2018: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the premiere of "A Simple Favor" at the Museum of Modern Art on September 10, 2018, in New York City. - Image (JStone / Shutterstock.com)

Marvel Studios has hired Shawn Levy to direct Ryan Reynolds in "Deadpool 3."

According to press reports, Marvel Studios has now signed on Oscar-nominated director Shawn Levy to helm Deadpool 3.

Action star Ryan Reynolds will once again collaborate with Joe Manganiello to play the titular character in the third installment of the Deadpool franchise, which is expected to be released in 2022. The sequel to Deadpool 2 will also be Wade's (Reynolds) debut appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reese and Wernick, who wrote both Deadpool movies, are also returning to pen the script for the threequel.

Levy is best known for directing all four films in the Night at the Museum franchise as well as Real Steel and Strangers Things. He is currently working on Free Guy, an action-comedy starring Reynolds that is set for release on July 3, 2020.

With the signing of Levy, Marvel Studios is putting all its eggs in the Reynolds basket and gambling that the popular actor-director can finally bring the Deadpool franchise to box office glory. The first two Deadpool movies were modest hits but failed to break even domestically, earning just over $1.5 billion in total ticket sales. However, with China now being the world's second-largest film market, Marvel may be hoping that Levy can help Deadpool 3 perform better overseas.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens when the Merc with a Mouth returns to theaters in three years! In the meantime, check out our list of the 25 best Deadpool comics for more on the character.

Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to share the news noting, “The third film in my Shawn Levy trilogy will be a tad more stabby.”

About Deadpool movie franchise:

Deadpool, also known as the "Merc with a Mouth", is a Marvel Comics superhero character. Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991).

Ryan Reynolds portrays the character in the X-Men film franchise, first appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and later starring in Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018), and the upcoming Deadpool 3 (2022). He will also appear in an unspecified role in The New Mutants (2020).

Deadpool is a disfigured mercenary with the superhuman ability of accelerated healing. He adopts the name "Deadpool" after being recruited into Weapon X, and is known for his talkative nature, his tendency to break the fourth wall, and his references to popular culture.

The character's popularity has seen him appear on numerous merchandise items, such as clothing and collectibles, and he has been featured in video games, cartoons, and a live-action TV series. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool is depicted by Ryan Reynolds.

About Shawn Levy:

Levy is best known for directing all four films in the Night at the Museum franchise as well as Real Steel and Strangers Things. He previously worked on Free Guy, an action-comedy starring Reynolds.

With the signing of Levy, Marvel Studios is putting all its eggs in the Reynolds basket and gambling that the popular actor-director can finally bring the Deadpool franchise to box office glory. The first two Deadpool movies were modest hits, earning just over $1.5 billion in total ticket sales. However, with China now being the world's second-largest film market, Marvel may be hoping that Levy can help Deadpool 3 perform better overseas.

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