With the conclusion of Succession approaching, star Matthew Macfadyen is already planning his next endeavors. But, Deadline’s news that the show’s beloved Tom Whambamthankyouma’am (I don’t watch Succession) may join the cast of Deadpool 3 contains some delicious, potentially humiliating irony: Macfadyen trashed the superhero movie genre around ten months ago.
Macfadyen went all Martin Scorsese on the superhero-industrial complex in a Vanity Fair profile for the magazine’s June 2022 issue. “I’ve done one large film like that,” he added, referring to the blockbuster-y material that all major movies these days are built of, “and it was a green-screen affair.” Just acting to tennis balls and dots on the screen is mind-numbingly monotonous. You’re only doing it for money.”
However, Macfadyen now has to do it for money, just like you and me. “Marvel money” talks, and Deadpool 3 is currently working with it: Disney purchased Deadpool studio 20th Century Fox a year after the second film was released. To spend time with Ryan Reynolds (a.k.a. Deadpool himself), you’d have to give me at least $1 million, so I hope Macfadyen is fairly compensated.
He’ll star with Emma Corrin (The Crown) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine!!!) in the film, which is set to be released on November 8, 2024. It’s unclear what Macfadyen’s involvement will be for the time being, although there will almost certainly be tennis balls and/or dots involved. Hopefully, Macfadyen has had some time to work on his glutes.