Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.
After Fox sold all of its movie properties — including the X-Men and Fantastic Four — to Disney back in 2018, many fans were questioning how the studio was going to handle the profane and raunchy Deadpool franchise moving forward. After all, with two equally foul-mouthed, wildly inappropriate movies that grossed over $780 million at the box office, many comic book fans wondered if Deadpool even had a future in the family-friendly PG-13 world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Well good news for dead-heads everywhere. Not only will Deadpool 3 be rated R just like its predecessors — it is even going to become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s right: Deadpool 3 won’t just be making witty jokes and references about the Hulk, Thanos, and Captain America. He’ll actually be inhabiting the same universe all of those characters exist in.
My first thought that comes to mind: how on Earth is that possible since it’s already pretty well-established that Deadpool exists in the X-Men universe? My guess is somehow the time-traveling device Wade uses at the end of Deadpool 2 somehow transports him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that’s how he gets into all of his shenanigans there. Or maybe he’ll break the fourth wall and tell screenwriters Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux to simply write him into the universe. Or maybe I’m just grossly overthinking it and Deadpool will just appear nonchalantly in the MCU like nothing happened. Hey, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought back Palpatine with zero explanation. Randomly throwing Deadpool into the MCU isn’t even remotely out of character for him.
That does beg the question of whether Marvel will use this character in future MCU movies? Obviously Phase 4 doesn’t include an Avengers movie, which is very understandable given how we’re still reeling from the epic conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. But in the future where crossovers are more likely, how will Wade be brought into the picture? Will he be team up with the Avengers? Crossover into a solo superhero’s movie? Make a cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder? Who knows. But generally speaking, I don’t see how Wade fits into the mold of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He seems like he’d be more of the guy making fun of it to the side rather than saving the world alongside the Avengers. Even the X-Men had their hands full with the dude (plus a much shorter-lived X-Force).
What do you guys think? Are you excited to see Deadpool potentially team up with the Avengers, or do you think the merc has a little too much mouth for the MCU? Comment below, let me know.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Collider, IGN