The “Daddy’s Home” franchise, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, has already delivered two box-office hits that have entertained millions of viewers worldwide. But will there be a third installment of the comedy series that follows the misadventures of two rival dads and their blended families? Here’s what we know so far.
The Plot and Characters of “Daddy’s Home” and “Daddy’s Home 2”
In the first “Daddy’s Home” movie, Ferrell plays Brad Whitaker, a mild-mannered radio executive who becomes the stepfather of two kids after marrying their mother, Sarah (Linda Cardellini). However, Brad’s peaceful existence is disrupted when Sarah’s ex-husband, Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg), a tough and charismatic adventurer, returns to town and challenges Brad’s authority as a father figure.
The clash between Brad and Dusty leads to a series of funny and often awkward situations, as they try to outdo each other in parenting skills, sports prowess, and romantic gestures. Along the way, they also learn to appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and to put the kids’ happiness above their own egos.
In “Daddy’s Home 2,” the plot thickens as Brad and Dusty’s dads enter the picture. John Lithgow plays Brad’s over-affectionate and emotional father, Don, while Mel Gibson portrays Dusty’s macho and distant father, Kurt. The four men and their families spend Christmas together in a cozy cabin, but their conflicting personalities and agendas lead to more chaos and hilarity.
The sequel also introduces new characters, such as Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio), Dusty’s flirty and free-spirited girlfriend, and Adrianna (Megan Leavey), Brad’s resentful and rebellious preteen daughter. The interactions between the adults and the kids provide ample opportunities for slapstick humor, witty banter, and heartwarming moments.
The Potential for “Daddy’s Home 3”
So far, there is no official confirmation that “Daddy’s Home 3” is in the works. However, both Ferrell and Wahlberg have expressed interest in revisiting their roles and exploring new stories. In an interview with Collider, Ferrell hinted that the third movie could involve a different type of family dynamic, such as a same-sex couple or an international adoption.
Wahlberg, meanwhile, told CinemaBlend that he would like to see more of the Mayron family, including Dusty’s sister and mother, who were mentioned but not shown in the previous films. He also suggested that the third movie could explore the challenges of co-parenting and the evolution of Brad and Dusty’s relationship.
If “Daddy’s Home 3” does happen, it will likely bring back the core cast and creative team, including director Sean Anders and writer John Morris. It will also have to balance the expectations of the fans who enjoyed the first two movies, while introducing fresh elements and jokes that keep the franchise relevant and entertaining.
“Daddy’s Home” and “Daddy’s Home 2” have proven to be a winning combination of star power, humor, and heart. While there is no guarantee that “Daddy’s Home 3” will happen, the potential for more laughs and family-friendly entertainment is high. Whether it involves a new twist on the blended family formula or a deeper exploration of the characters’ personalities and relationships, the third installment could be a welcome addition to the Ferrell-Wahlberg canon. Until then, fans can revisit the first two movies and relive the moments that made them laugh