Disney Gets Criticized Over Deadpool 3 Being Inspired By Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Despite Massive Fan Praise

Shawn Levy, who is a huge Star Wars fan, claims that he shot one pivotal scene in the film similar to a scene in Return of the Jedi

disney gets criticized over deadpool 3 being inspired by star wars: return of the jedi despite massive fan praise


  • Shawn Levy's upcoming movie Deadpool 3's filming is halted due to ongoing actors' strike, but he is busy sharing some details about it
  • The much awaited film, according to the director, has a scene that has a similar plotting and framing as a scene in Return of the Jedi
  • The fans of the film aren't really happy about this news as the question the movie's originality
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Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3 is currently stalled at the moment owing to the Actors Strike, but is still one of the most anticipated films from Marvel and Disney. Apart from Reynolds reprising his entertaining foul-mouthed character, audiences will also be extremely eager to see Hugh Jackman sharing screen space with The Proposal star as Wolverine.

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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

Director Shawn Levy who is also slated to make a Star Wars film in the future, spoke about how the iconic George Lucas franchise played a major part in influencing a key scene in Deadpool 3. This revelation though, was met with criticism from certain corners, with netizens questioning the lack of originality in the film.


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Shawn Levy Was Inspired By Star Wars For A Scene In Deadpool 3

Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy has an impressive repertoire of films under his belt as a filmmaker and producer. From directorial projects like The Night at the Museum series to being one of the producers of Stranger Things, Levy has gained success through most of his ventures. A self-confessed Star Wars fan, the filmmaker spoke of the big impact that the cult franchise had on him, especially during the making of Deadpool 3.

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Deadpool 3 Director Shawn Levy was inspired by the climax in Return of the Jedi for a scene in his film

In an interview with Esquire, Levy spoke about a key scene in the Ryan Reynolds starrer, in which he took inspiration from the iconic encounter between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, and tried to recreate that in Deadpool 3. Speaking of the scene that he felt, would be an ode to his favorite franchise, he recalled,

“I said to my stunt and action team, ‘Guys, this is the Jedi moment’. I pulled up that scene of Vader and Luke on my phone and restudied how it was photographed, how it was blocked, the framing, the tempo. The keen Star Wars fan will see the shot in my Deadpool movie that was inspired by a moment that I saw in a theater decades ago. That’s a forever memory. And that’s a treasure.”

With Deadpool 3 being indefinitely stalled due to the Actors Strike, audiences will have to exercise a little more patience to see this scene play out in theaters, with the film slated to release in 2024.


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Netizens React To Star Wars Influence In Deadpool 3

Following Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy revealing that he used a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi to create a pivotal segment in his film, netizens took to social media to comment on this piece of information. While Deadpool 3 is already receiving a lot of fan praise, a few viewers criticized the film and its producers for having lifted key aspects from the Star Wars franchise.

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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine will share screen space in Deadpool 3

Despite receiving backlash, Deadpool 3 had its equal share of loyal fans who believed that the Star Wars inspiration would greatly benefit the film. For now, the first thing at hand would be to get the production up and running again, after the Strike ends.

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Sharanya Sankar, Writer for Fandomwire
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