Kevin Feige Passed On Dozens Of Deadpool 3 Pitches

Feige, Ryan Reynolds and a producer explain what it took to make Deadpool 3 happen in the MCU.

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It’s revealed that Ryan Reynolds pitched Kevin Feige dozens of ideas for Deadpool & Wolverine and how to incorporate the Merc With A Mouth in the MCU.

Empire Magazine has a featured article on the flick which includes interviews with Feige, Reynolds, and Hugh Jackman, in addition to a batch of cool new images.

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Following Feige teasing Deadpool & Wolverine has stakes that “are universe-sized,” Feige and Reynolds discuss how the movie finally found its roots in the MCU which includes a reference to a Japanese 1950s Samurai movie.

Rashomon story about Wolverine and Deadpool and something that they got into together, but told from three completely different perspectives,” explained Reynolds. “It was a way to make a large-scale movie in a very small way.”

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Feige says he turned down the pitch because he was still figuring out how to incorporate the Fox Marvel characters into the MCU, as Disney acquired Fox in 2019.

“The truth is, I wasn’t even sure how to incorporate Deadpool yet,” admitted Feige. “I was very much thinking about how to bring mutants and the X-Men into [the MCU], and I thought it needed to be more than just playing the hits. But the truth is, Ryan is an idea machine. So he may have pitched that to me, but he also pitched 25 other thoughts and ideas.”

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Reynolds continues with mention of his ideas.

“I went back to the drawing board, and I wrote up about 18 different treatments,” Reynolds said. “Some of them almost like a Sundance film, a budget of under $10 million, sort of using the IP in a way that they previously hadn’t used, and I pitched bigger movies, and I pitched things in-between.”

Deadpool & Wolverine executive producer Wendy Jacobson also weighed in and said things changed for the better once Hugh Jackman agreed to sign on the project.

“We definitely spun our wheels a little bit trying to find the reason for this movie to be,” she said. “Once Hugh raised his hand, two months later we were prepping. It was honestly one of the fastest turnarounds I’ve ever seen.”

Deadpool & Wolverine gets released on July 26 directed by Shawn Levy.

Source: Empire Magazine

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