Ryan Reynolds is returning for 'Deadpool 3'

Ryan Reynolds is returning for 'Deadpool 3'

There's no doubt that Deadpool, the fourth-wall-smashing mercenary played by Ryan Reynolds, is one of the most popular superheroes out there.

But the news that Disney would be acquiring the rights to the X-Men, and their associated characters from Fox, meant that many fans have been left uncertain about whether or not Reynolds' interpretation of the character would be allowed to carry on.

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However, writer Paul Wernick has confirmed that a third Deadpool film is still is in the works, and that it will star Reynolds in the title roll. He added that the script for the movie is waiting to be green-lit by Marvel studios.

Speaking to Den of Geek, Wernick stated: "There's a lot to be sorted out, like how Deadpool fits into the Marvel Universe with the other characters of the MCU. Then it's, do the X-Men get in there at some point? Fantastic Four? There's a lot to be sorted out and I think we're all getting a much-needed rest from Deadpool - Ryan and us and everybody."

In another interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer stated: "We're always in touch with Ryan  I think the party line and truth is we're all still figuring it out. Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] a little bit as well and play in that sandbox."

He continued: "Our feeling and Ryan's feeling is that it's got to be the right idea, it's got to be great. I think once we collectively agree what idea that great idea is, we'll be off to the races. Ryan's super-busy, we've got a lot of projects lined up, but we wake up thinking about Deadpool, and we go to sleep thinking about Deadpool."

Wernick also confirmed that the movies would continue to be R-rated while under Disney's production, meaning that the third film will preserve Deadpool's trademark dark humour.