By Stephen Ippolito | May 9th, 2020
Recently it’s felt like there’s something going on behind the scenes at Marvel Studios regarding the future of the Deadpool franchise. Last week during an interview, star Ryan Reynolds appeared to question whether Deadpool 3 would even happen. This caught some by surprise because everyone figured that the third film was all but given. Now to add even more concerns, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is speaking out and pointing the figure in one particular direction on why there’s been a lack of progress.
While speaking to Comic Book.com, Liefeld says all the blame is on Marvel Studios for why there has been no third film yet.
“I blame Marvel…blame Marvel that hasn’t happened yet,” Liefeld says. “They are the reason it isn’t happening. Whatever conundrum or it didn’t fit into your master plan, just commission it. Okay, commission it.”
In another interview with Inverse, Liefeld would get even more specific and criticize Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for Deadpool’s lack of involvement in the future of the MCU.
“I’m not really that crazy about Marvel’s plan right now. Liefeld said. “It’s the first time I go, ‘Hey, Feige, did you even have a plan? Your plan was Eternals and Shang-Chi? That was your plan? And Black Widow? So they close the door, Chris Evans says goodbye, Robert Downey Jr. says goodbye, Black Widow falls off a cliff says goodbye, they almost lose [Spider-Man actor] Tom Holland to Sony… but you’re a genius, Marvel, you’re a genius.”
Since Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, it’s always been known that there would be a lot of concern on how the merc with a mouth would be introduced into Disney’s family-friendly culture. Disney Chairman Bob Iger has said on numerous occasions that the plan was to continue to make rated R films with the character. However, with the comments from Reynolds and now Liefeld, it seems that Disney could be walking back on that.