Writer Confirms Deadpool 3 and X-Force are Two Separate Films

As Deadpool 2 was gearing up to begin production, word broke that 20th Century Fox was already developing a Deadpool 3 which would feature the X-Force. Details were scarce following that report, but it lead some to believe that the long in-development X-Force film had been absorbed by the third Deadpool. Speaking with Cinema Blend, writer Rhett Reese confirmed that’s not the case and both films are being planned.

“I also think (Deadpool 2) is 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… 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.”

Deadpool 2 is set to introduce two key characters from the X-Force world, including Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino, a luck-manipulating mutant, and Cable, the time-traveling son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. John Wick‘s David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2 from a screenplay by the returning “real heroes here,” screenwriters Reese and Paul Wernick. Reynolds is again serving as a producer on Deadpool 2 alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.