Ryan Reynolds Reveals Original Low-Budget, No Special Effects Plan For ‘Deadpool And Wolverine’

While the first ‘Deadpool’ movie shattered expectations for superhero films, and the second one followed its success, Ryan Reynolds discussed discarded concepts for ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’. The initial plan for a third instalment in the franchise was not very ambitious. After the success of ‘Deadpool 2’, Ryan Reynolds was intrigued by the idea of bringing more of the character onto the screen. However, he envisioned the next movie as a small road movie rather than a mega-budget blockbuster.

With its bold and unorthodox approach, the first ‘Deadpool’ movie made a significant impact in the superhero genre. The sequel followed naturally, but Reynolds worked through numerous drafts for the third film before finalizing a plot. Unlike the two-year gap between the first two films, the third movie took six years to make. During this time, Reynolds and his team brainstormed various storylines, including a road trip with minimal special effects.

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In an interview, Reynolds discussed different approaches, mentioning a “Rashomon story that had these three different points of view.” Regarding a simpler storyline, Reynolds explained, “Literally, it was a $5- or $6-million budget with no special effects. It was just a talkie-talkie road trip with me and [Karan Soni’s character] Dopinder and some of the things we collected and saw along the way.” He added that the upcoming movies were not meant to be event movies. 

Despite the massive success of the first two ‘Deadpool ‘movies, Reynolds and his team considered various unconventional approaches for the third instalment. One of the discarded ideas included a low-budget road trip film with minimal special effects, focusing on character-driven storytelling. Reynolds shared that this version of the film would have had a budget of just $5-6 million and would have featured a simple road trip with him and Dopinder, played by Karan Soni. This concept aimed to capture the essence of Deadpool’s humour and personality without relying heavily on special effects or a large budget.

The idea of a more intimate, character-focused ‘Deadpool’ film contrasts sharply with the eventual direction of ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’. The third movie in the franchise is projected to be a major box-office success, with early estimates suggesting an opening weekend of $160 million to $165 million domestically. This R-rated film marks a significant milestone as the first R-rated movie released by Disney or Marvel, setting a new standard for adult-oriented superhero films.

Reynolds’s vision for a smaller, more personal ‘Deadpool’ film highlights his commitment to exploring different facets of the character. While the final product evolved into a large-scale blockbuster, the consideration of a simpler storyline underscores the creative process behind the franchise. The decision to ultimately pursue a more ambitious film demonstrates the balance between maintaining ‘Deadpool’s’ unique charm and meeting the high expectations of fans and the box office.

-Sushmita Sarkar