Kevin Feige confirms Deadpool 3 will be Marvel's first R-rated film
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Kevin Feige has confirmed Deadpool 3 will be Marvel’s first R-rated film – something that will be music to the ears of fans.
The third instalment of the superhero series is due for release in November 2024, and will see Ryan Reynolds joined by none other than Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman.
Director Shawn Levy recently teased that the film will promise ‘in your face and hardcore’ violence, suggesting it would mark something of a departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s relatively family-friendly fare – with most titles set within the MCU sitting at a PG-13 rating.
The character is now part of the MCU after film rights were returned to Marvel when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, with the Merc with a Mouth making his debut as the first film in Phase Six of the media franchise’s programming.
Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios - and the primary producer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise since 2007 – has expressed his excitement for the new film, including the fact that it marks a new milestone for Marvel.
The movie came up during a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, when Feige discussed how it felt to be thinking about mutants - a big introduction in Phase 4 – again.
He said: "It's amazing. And we've got Hugh Jackman coming back for our first Deadpool film within the MCU. That's our first R-rated film. To have Hugh come back is incredible.
“For me, personally, that is where I started. I remember sitting behind the camera – well behind the camera – at his audition for the film. It was his first on-set audition, and he flew up to Toronto to do a read with Anna Paquin.
“For him, and for me, and I think for all of the fans of Marvel, it's unbelievable what has happened in those 23 years. It's very full-circle having him come back in this new Deadpool film."
With Jackman bringing Wolverine out of retirement for the first time since 2017's Logan, the third instalment is sure to be a dead-set nail-biter of a movie.
As well as promising hardcore violence, Levy also said he was delighted to see Reynolds feature alongside such superhero royalty.
He told Collider back in December: "It has Logan in it. And it has Wolverine in it. It's too fun. I'm having so much fun, and I haven't even hit the shooting floor yet.
"I have to say, developing a Deadpool movie is one of the most fun creative experiences of my life because it's not just that it's rated R."
He added: "It's that it's so filled with self-awareness, and that makes in-writing very, very fun in a way that is unique to that franchise."