DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Director Shawn Levy Addresses Pressure To Save The MCU With R-Rated Threequel

DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Director Shawn Levy Addresses Pressure To Save The MCU With R-Rated Threequel

Deadpool & Wolverine director Shawn Levy has commented on the belief that the upcoming team-up will "save" the MCU, making it clear this movie is unlike any we've seen before it. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jun 17, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Deadpool & Wolverine
Source: Total Film

Deadpool & Wolverine is Marvel Studios' only 2024 movie; had last year's Hollywood strikes not happened, then the Merc with the Mouth and Logan would have been joined by Captain America: Brave New World and Thunderbolts*

Instead, those now join The Fantastic Four in 2025 (along with Blade - LOL) and the pressure is on the Deadpool threequel to "save" the MCU's Multiverse Saga. 

Talking to Total Film, Deadpool & Wolverine director Shawn Levy commented on the pressure that places on this movie. "We had no idea it would be this unique moment where people are asking what the MCU means any more," the filmmaker says. "Can it surprise us? Can it break molds in ways that we don't expect? We certainly hope that this movie is an answer to those questions." 

"What Kevin Feige has built with the MCU is historic as far as a string of successes, but culture has its tide chart, culture has ebbs and flows, and one thing we do know is you can't keep doing the same thing ad nauseum and expect people to greet it with the same excitement," Levy adds. "And so it just worked out really fortuitously because our movie is not like any MCU movie. Yeah, and I say that as a fan of a lot of MCU movies."

We're already hearing that Deadpool & Wolverine will break box office records, while a confirmed day-and-date release in China all but guarantees a global bow of as much as $500 million. 

Whether the threequel will reignite interest in the MCU remains to be seen, though for Levy, he was just focused on making a great movie. "I would love to take credit for those parallels. Some we absolutely intend, but some are coincidences, and we came up with 'Marvel Jesus' two years ago. People love to get on bandwagons whether they're positive, but frankly even more when they're negative."

Marvel Studios clearly has faith in Levy's vision as it was recently reported that he's the frontrunner to helm Avengers 5. Deadpool & Wolverine is expected to lead straight into that movie, while we've heard that a condition of Hugh Jackman's return was that he gets to appear alongside heroes like Iron Man and Spider-Man in a future project.

Back to this movie, though, and it becoming a $1 billion hit that "saves" the MCU seems likely...providing it lives up to expectations, of course. 

Deadpool & Wolverine arrives in theaters on July 26.

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YouFlopped - 6/17/2024, 12:38 PM
Looking at the top ten grossing MCU films, a good portion of them are from phase 4.

I am genuinely confused what needs to be saved? Maybe a certain demographic believes that.

But this is not DC we are talking about lol.
harryba11zack - 6/17/2024, 12:40 PM
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vectorsigma - 6/17/2024, 12:42 PM
@YouFlopped - nwh shouldnt count imo. That is Sony and anytime they can twist it so that it is not the main MCU universe just like how they made false expectations on eddie and the symbiote being in the same universe only to pull the plug
Origame - 6/17/2024, 12:53 PM
@YouFlopped - in the top 10 list it's literally just no way home. And most of that money went to Sony so it really doesn't count for a marvel win.

They used to make billion dollar movies like clockwork. Now they struggle to Crack a billion without Sony help. Worse still, since phase 5 only one project has been successful, and that's not by much.
YouFlopped - 6/17/2024, 1:01 PM
@vectorsigma - that would make sense if Sony pulled those numbers off before working with the MCU.

The fact is they didn’t, and benefited off the shared world. If it was truly “Sony” they would have had a SM film gross a billion without the MCU attachment.

Can’t pick and choose. From what I recall, it was the MCU that cast Tom. It’s Doctor strange on that poster as well. It’s a symbiotic relationship that has worked well and propelled the property to new heights.
YouFlopped - 6/17/2024, 1:07 PM
@Origame - Franchise: Marvel Cinematic Universe

NWH, WF, MoM are all phase 4 films 👨🏾‍🔬

Marvel has literally had a hit every single year since Endgame. I don’t really see what the issue is.

2021: NWH
2022: WF and MoM
2023: GOTG3
2024: DP3 (?)

If they were truly “in trouble” it would have been YEARS without a hit.

Why do y’all make it seem like the MCU can’t make mistakes when changing up a formula? And still crank out great pieces.

and there still isn’t a studio competing with them almost 20 years in the game.
vectorsigma - 6/17/2024, 1:09 PM
@YouFlopped - good point. But the pandemic had a major factor as well in this and not just the shared mcu universe. There were 3 sony spider-men as well so those also were sony factors. Imagine removing strange and the draw of the 3 will still be immense after a pandemic

A new spider-man film with the mcu's current status will be a good barometer if it can indeed perform similarly by itself i guess
vectorsigma - 6/17/2024, 1:14 PM
@YouFlopped - in terms of hits every year, maybe we can take into account the flops and costs as well.

For example gotg3 did well last year. But the Marvels is a big flop and a big portion of the disney+ shows didnt entice subscribers. And those shows costs a lot.

So overall it is not a win.
JDL - 6/17/2024, 1:18 PM
@vectorsigma - Quantumaniac and The Marbles had so much bad writing that they soured everything. YMMV.
Origame - 6/17/2024, 1:23 PM
@YouFlopped - your link is purely domestic. Not worldwide.

And going from all hits every year to one hit a year isn't good. Most of your examples failed to meet expectations and barely broke even.
Kurban - 6/17/2024, 1:31 PM
@YouFlopped - The only Phase 4 films in the top 10 are Spider-Man, though
JonC - 6/17/2024, 1:38 PM
@vectorsigma - "But the pandemic had a major factor"

The pandemic continues to have a major factor... people still wear masks, restaurant business is far less, people still don't go to theaters nearly as much as prior to the pandemic.
Vigor - 6/17/2024, 1:42 PM
@vectorsigma - you really can't recognize a Sony made marvel movie apart from a mcu movie just from watching it?
CorndogBurglar - 6/17/2024, 11:59 PM
@YouFlopped - Marvel/Disney themselves have come out and said they haven't been meeting expectations. Why are you defending them when even the people running the brand know there's a problem?
harryba11zack - 6/17/2024, 12:38 PM
Phuck the MCU, just make it a good movie.
vectorsigma - 6/17/2024, 12:39 PM
If I didnt like Real Steel, i wouldnt have any faith on this being good.

Almost a month to go for us to see it!
Evansly - 6/17/2024, 12:41 PM
Hopefully it is a big jump in quality
lazlodaytona - 6/17/2024, 12:44 PM
It'll make $999,999.99
Missing the billion mark by a penny.
Deadinside - 6/18/2024, 12:37 PM
@lazlodaytona - What you have here is missing the million dollar mark by a penny...!
I believe you meant, $999,999,999.99...!☮️🤷‍♂️
lazlodaytona - 6/20/2024, 11:00 AM
@Deadinside - yeah. i suck at math
Deadinside - 6/20/2024, 1:14 PM
@lazlodaytona - Hey, I can't even tell you how long I spent staring at it trying to figure it out!
Math was never my strong suit, which us why I changed my college major from Finance to Communications...!☮️😁
lazlodaytona - 6/21/2024, 6:46 AM
@Deadinside - well, you do communicate well my friend :)
bobevanz - 6/17/2024, 12:47 PM
There are plenty of bad movies that made a billion, sometimes hype and nostalgia wins. I'm not saying this will be a bad movie, I just don't understand the dumbasses who think the more money it makes the better a movie is..
Izaizaiza - 6/17/2024, 12:47 PM
"you can't keep doing the same thing ad nauseum and expect people to greet it with the same excitement"

This reality is always at odds with the most hardcore fans who commonly want things to stay very close to the original material
WEAPONXOXOXO - 6/17/2024, 12:49 PM
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Origame - 6/17/2024, 12:49 PM
Honestly, this really shouldn't be the film considered the one to save the mcu. Let's face it, despite the memes saying this will gross a billion is a stretch considering it's r rated.

On top of that, despite its success it's so unlike any mcu film that it's unlikely its really gonna set a new standard like guardians did. And it's a Schtick that can only be pulled off by deadpool. Trying to do an r rated self aware comedy with blade for example simply isn't gonna work. And it's disney, so they're gonna want to keep it at least pg13.

Finally, even if it were a success and spawned a bunch of spin offs with similar tones and hard r ratings, we're still gonna sit through the sludge of sh!t like cap 4, Agatha, iron heart, and their continued threats of a 4th antman and 5th thor movie until then.
MyCoolYoung - 6/17/2024, 12:51 PM
All I know is I'll be there day 1 on Thursday and I'll be here for the premiere. Hope the rest of the premiere gang will too
Typhoon20 - 6/17/2024, 12:57 PM
The MCU is dead. Feige killed it. We had a good run. But with the lack of any creative freedom everything will continue to disappoint exceptions aside like the animated Xmen show. And when they finally have the talent they fire him lol.

If Deadpool & Wolverine disappoints it's 100% because of Feige. He turned down so many scripts until he finally accepted the one. I have a feeling he turned down a great one until he accepted a bland one that had him include the MCU, variants etc.
LSHF - 6/17/2024, 1:04 PM
"...people are asking what the MCU means any more,"

WtF? "What it means"?

I don't even understand what that question means, and I've never heard or read of anyone asking that question.

Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to seeing it opening night, despite not knowing "what it means".

hainesy - 6/17/2024, 1:08 PM
I'm excited about this because the first Deadpool was about giving the viewers what they want: comic accuracy, great stories, and great characters. This will do the same.
Vigor - 6/17/2024, 1:39 PM
@hainesy - like the Tom holland spiderman and guardians franchises, the third one of deadpool will be the best
SheepishOne - 6/17/2024, 1:13 PM
$1 bil won’t save the MCU. It has to make $1 bil, but it has to also be great.
slickrickdesigns - 6/17/2024, 1:27 PM
“Save the MCU”

You act like they’re as bad as DC.
Vigor - 6/17/2024, 1:38 PM
@slickrickdesigns - it should be restated as "save the audiences perception of the mcu", which we hope it certainly does.

As far as quality you're 100% right. They're still the best comic book movie studio out there
Doomsday8888 - 6/17/2024, 1:34 PM
Can it surprise us? Can it break molds?
one thing we do know is you can't keep doing the same thing ad nauseum and expect people to greet it with the same excitement

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He's hella close straight out spitting how MS's been following a "le formula" and each time they try to surprise the audience shit gets interesting.

How strange.
Cleander - 6/17/2024, 2:45 PM
I can't stand Deadpool but Good luck anyway lol!
TheVisionary25 - 6/17/2024, 2:52 PM
It amazes me how people quickly forget that there was pandemic about 3-4 years (jesus) that affected everyone including various productions , the effects of which were being felt till atleast last year if not still.

Giving that aswell as Chapek’s policy to make as much content as quickly as possibly to fill D+ , quality was going to be affected no matter what…

I’m honestly more surprised it wasn’t worse even if some areas such as VFX & such took a hit because of it since I personally enjoyed every post-Phase 3 project to varying degrees

However , Levy is right too in that culture ebbs & flows in that popularity isn’t everlasting and there might be a dip until it comes back around to it yet such as fashion or even music styles so the MCU is likely the same aswell.
TheOtherOn - 6/17/2024, 3:21 PM
He shouldn't be feeling "pressured" to "SAVE THE ALMIGHTY MCU". They dug their own grave and now gotta either pull themselves out of it or lie in there.

DP first and 2nd were it's own thing but since they became a successful franchise, now the crappy MCU wanna jump this bandwagon to save their arses.

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TheMetaMan - 6/17/2024, 3:34 PM
Everyone is in for a great time. It’s sure to be a fun movie. There will be something for everyone. I think everyone is expecting something on the levels of infinity war, endgame, no way home, when they should just be expecting Wolverine. This is old man Logan and Deadpool kills the marvel universe combined into one movie event. These two get caught up in their own “multiverse of madness” but with many familiar surprises along the way. The reason why the film works is because it’s what the MCU needs right now. It needs a lethal dose of deadpool! Let’s f****** go!

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