Ryan Reynolds confirms Deadpool 3 is now under its director.

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The long-awaited Marvel character film sequel is on its way with Shawn Levy (Free Guy) and Shawn Levy (The Adam Project) taking the reins.

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively celebrate the release of Deadpool 2

Deadpool fans are excited to learn that the long-awaited director of the X-Men sequel franchise has been appointed.

Ryan Reynolds, who played the role of Wolverine in the poorly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine was back on the big screen as the superhero comedy film series.

After proving to be a smash hit, the film spawned a sequel that was released in 2018 – but a third film in the series was complicated by the fact that Disney bought 20th Century Fox which distributed the first two films.

There were concerns that this could affect the production of the third Deadpool film – or even kill off the franchise – but 45-year-old Canadian actor Ryan has confirmed the film is moving forward and has found it’s director.

Taking to social media on Friday, the actor shared a photo of himself as three characters – Deadpool, Guy/Dude from Free Guy and Adam from The Adam Project.

He wrote the following: “The third film in my Shawn Levy trilogy will be a tad more stabby.”

The update left fans excited as it made clear that 53-year-old Shawn – who directed Free Guy and The Adam Project – has been handed the reigns of Deadpool’s third film.

One fan gushed: “DEADPOOL 3 CONFIRMED YESSS” – while another X-Men fanatic simply tweeted in reply: “Let’s gooo!”.

Variety also reported on Shawn’s appointment, writing: “The director of Free Guy and The Adam Project will once again team up with Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool 3, the much-anticipated third installment of the comedic action franchise.”

They added: “Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the first two Deadpool films, will write the third movie based on the X-Men comic book character, created by Rob Liefeld.”

This meant that Lizzie Molyneux Loeglin (Emmy-winning writer of Bobs Burgers) and Wendy Molyneux (writers of the third film) had been effectively replaced.

The first two films proved to be smash hist, becoming the top grossing X-Men films of the franchise and earning over $780 million (£598 million).

Because of the violence of the movies, the box office success of these films was even more remarkable. R-ratings in America limit the viewing audience and can impact earning potential.

There had been concerned future Deadpool films would be less violent due to the 20th Centruy Fox company being bought by family-friendly Disney – who also own Marvel, which is the comic book company Deadpool originates from.

Bob Iger, the former CEO, had previously downplayed these risks.

He stated that 2019 will be the year of: “We will continue in that business… There’s certainly popularity [with those R-rated types of films].”

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