Following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, fans around the world have wondered how Marvel Studios would reintroduce Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, it looks like those talks are finally taking place.
Ryan Reynolds shared on social media that he visited the Marvel Studios offices. Although, please note, it’s quite possible he was only there to discuss taking over the role of Anthony Stark.
Auditioned for the role of “Anthony Stark”. Didn’t come even remotely close, but the nice man with the taser escorted me to the ground. pic.twitter.com/1bwFDGdMOj
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 14, 2019
All jokes aside, it’s safe to say that Reynolds met with Marvel to discuss the future of the Deadpool franchise. Disney CEO Bob Iger has stressed in the past that the Deadpool series would not be rebooted. Iger also said the films will continue to be R-rated, something Deadpool‘s writers recently confirmed.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that the third Deadpool movie would remain R-rated. Said Wernick:
“We’re always in touch with Ryan [Reynolds]. We’ve got several projects with him in addition to the Deadpool universe. I think the party line and truth is we’re all still figuring it out. Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU a little bit as well and play in that sandbox. Our feeling and Ryan’s feeling is that it’s got to be the right idea, it’s got to be great… I think once we collectively agree what idea that great idea is we’ll be off to the races. Ryan’s super-busy, we’ve got a lot of projects lined up, but we wake up thinking about Deadpool, and we go to sleep thinking about Deadpool.”
There is a lot of creative potential for Deadpool now that he can play with the full Marvel sandbox. He could finally crossover with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man (something the fans have been asking for), or he could make even more tongue-in-cheek references to the MCU.
Personally, I think a limited series on Disney+ or Hulu would open up a number of hilarious situations. For instance, Deadpool could be starting a huge monologue and then the episode just ends mid-sentence. The next episode picks up where Deadpool left off, but it’s his voice running over the show’s intro. Deadpool stops talking and asks, “Am I a fucking TV show now?”
Maybe Deadpool and Cable go multiverse shopping, but Deadpool isn’t allowed to enter the MCU because it has been deemed “PG-13 Only”. There’s a lot of nudging and winking that can happen that Reese, Wernick, and Reynolds don’t have to worry about now.
The two Deadpool films have grossed over a $1 billion worldwide, so Disney is clearly not going to kill that cash cow. They will find a way to bring it back sooner than later.
What are your hopes, wishes, and dreams for the future of the Deadpool franchise? Would you like to see Deadpool crossover with the other MCU heroes, or remain separate?