Over the last week there has been a ton of clickbait from sites parroting claims from Rob Liefeld that Marvel Studios has no plans to continue the $1 billion Deadpool franchise. We explained earlier in the week how Marvel definitely does have plans for a new Deadpool, but they likely don’t involve Liefeld in any way. Now he’s doubled-down on his claims, with an even more outlandish explanation.
In an interview with i09, Liefeld explained how he knows what Marvel Studios is planning:
“Regardless of whatever inside perspective I may have, what I do know is that until a movie is put on a schedule, it’s not taken seriously,” he said. “And what people don’t like is that I have assessed the schedule for the next, give or take, five years and I don’t see Deadpool on it. [So] I don’t see that it can arrive earlier than that.”
Marvel Studios’ five-year plan is one of the most closely-guarded secrets in Hollywood, and many people who directly work on the films don’t even know what’s being planned beyond official announcements. So far, Disney has set unnamed Marvel Studios release dates through 2023. They have not yet staked out dates for 2024 or 2025 yet, and there are five Marvel Studios release dates between October 2022 and November 2023 that do not have announced movies on them.
If even the stars that headline Marvel’s $1 billion franchise movies don’t get to see the top secret five year plan Feige is working on, it’s doubtful that Rob Liefeld has really seen the schedule the claims to have “assessed”.