Chris Evans To Star In ‘The Gray Man’ Prequel From ‘Deadpool Writers, Sequel Also Planned

Netflix is going through a rough patch, and while they might be cutting back on overspending for original content, that clearly does not include their relationship with the Russo Bros. A whopping $200M has been spent on the Russos’ latest, spy flick The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page from Bridgerton fame. And Netflix must be really happy with the end result, because they’re turning it into a franchise.

According to Empire Magazine, a prequel to The Gray Man is in the works from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film will center on Lloyd Hansen, the villainous character played by Evans. A direct sequel, penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, will feature Gosling’s Court Gentry.

That’s a lot of Marvel talent that Netflix is keeping in-house. The Russos, Markus, and McFeely worked together on two Captain America films, plus Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Those films made a little bit of money. Just a little.

So Netflix is going to keep this going even before anybody sees The Gray Man. It’ll open in theaters on July 15th, followed by Netflix on July 22nd.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.