Deadpool 3 has been delayed due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA actors strike in Hollywood. The anticipated sequel was originally scheduled to launch on 3 May 2024 but only half the movie is actually finished at this stage. Even if the actors strike concludes in the next few weeks, it will be tough to reassemble the crew, shoot the remainder of the movie and make its May release date on time.
As reported by Deadline, Deadpool 3 will no longer meet its 3 May release date next year as a result of the actors strike. Earlier this year, the actors union SAG-AFTRA went on strike against Hollywood executives and studios demanding fair wages and protection against the unauthorised use of AI to digitally replace actors without their consent. This led to a complete shut-down of most Hollywood productions including Deadpool 3, which was in the middle of shooting when the strikes happened.
Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy recently told The Wrap:
“I wish I knew. I don’t even know if we officially have [a release date]. I know we we’re gonna be May 3. Certainly, the actors’ strike and the long pause in production have put that release date in true risk. We’ve shot half the movie. I’ve edited half the movie. We’re dying to get back to work and get this movie out next year.”
Deadpool 3 will star Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the merc with a mouth alongside Hugh Jackman who returns as Wolverine. The plot is mostly a mystery but we know that Deadpool and Wolverine will eventually have to work together and put aside their differences.
Deadpool 3 isn’t the only major Hollywood production currently at risk of being delayed. Marvel Studios previously outlined its new release schedule of MCU movies that might get pushed back too as a result of the strikes, potentially including Avengers: Secret Wars.