Back in March the Disney buyout of Fox was officially closed; nerds all over the world rejoiced. The company that owns Marvel now owns the movie rights for the Fantastic Four and X-Men. We all hope that eventually our beloved X-Men characters will get rebooted and join the massive MCU cast. Now that Dark Phoenix has been released, the final X-Men film from Fox, the focus has shifted the future. Specifically one foul mouthed bounty hunter that everyone has been wondering about. How will Deadpool join the MCU.
People want to know about Wade Wilson’s future cinematic debuts, and specifically if Ryan Reynolds will still be the lead character. This question has popped up in multiple interviews and sparked tons of rumors. Disney Chairman Alan Horn confirmed “You’ll be seeing more Deadpool.” Kevin Fiege has mentioned that the Deadpool franchise is working and they would like to continue that success. Fiege is probably referring to the 1.5 billion dollar box office as well as massively successful retail and merchandising sales that the franchise has had. It makes sense that very rich people would want to continue to make money, but still nothing has been concretely said about how Deadpool would continue to work within Disney.
I’ve seen plenty of fan theories on how Ryan Reynolds would continue to play the character moving forward. Some people are linking the end of Deadpool 2 and time machine. Others are leaning on Spider-Man: Far From Home’s hint at a multiverse. I have a different, and much simpler theory: Deadpool has always existed in the MCU. It would make the most sense and would be the easiest way to have Ryan play the character he has already been playing. This isn’t a theory pulled out of thin air. The idea has come from the evidence already presented in the franchise.
Deadpool’s best super power was never his regeneration, it is his self awareness. The character’s ability to break the forth wall has already set up the foundation for the MCU inclusion. During the post credit scene of the first Deadpool, Wade mentions that he isn’t Nick Fury. This is after the third act for the movie takes place on a crashed helicarrier (which makes sense with the movie taking place two years after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D in Winter Soldier.) The only characters to cross over between Deadpool and the other X-Men films are Colossus and Juggernaut. Both characters are represented completely different than their versions in X2, The Last Stand, and Days of Future Past. And the final, and possibly most important, fact is how Deadpool obtained his powers the same way that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver did; through experimentation that unlocked their dormant abilities.
I truly think this would be the easiest way to explain the shift and make everyone happy. We don’t need more convoluted explanations like the ones the Russo Brothers are giving about Avengers: Endgame. It’s really can be that simple, we just say that Deadpool has always been in the MCU. Throw in a little fourth wall joke about Disney and call it a day. Most audience members are having a hard enough time separating all of these universes anyways. I literally talked to someone the other day that thought the Toby McGuire Spider-Man and Blade movies are part of the MCU. Most fans don’t care about the corporate and legal reasons that differentiate all of these films, they just want to watch good movies.
What Ryan Reynolds has done with the character is awe-inspiring. I think that Kevin Fiege and the rest of the executives over at Disney understand this. There are probably a million ideas getting thrown around about how to make it work. Personally, I would prefer they work on developing a good Storm movie or figure out how to make Reed Richards and Doctor Doom’s frienemy relationship even better than Cap and Tony’s was. Ryan getting to cross into the MCU is cool, but the bonus to this line cinematic idea is everyone getting to cross over. We wont have to recast Cable, Domino, or Colossus. Plus Negasonic Teenage Warhead could officially be the first openly gay superhero in the MCU. The Deadpool franchise exists outside of the realm of reason, so let’s not put too much thought into it and all agree to accept he was always in the MCU. Then they can move on to a kick-ass, R-Rated third movie to finish out the trilogy.
Movies watched and idea conceived by: Troy Smith