- Ryan Reynolds admitted he’s having a tough time finding the right story for Deadpool’s entry into the MCU.
- But there’s an obvious route that “Deadpool 3” could take.
- The sequel could showcase Deadpool killing off Fox’s Marvel universe, a nod to a comic series.
Ryan Reynolds says he’s struggling to find the perfect way for his beloved character Deadpool to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s a great comic idea waiting to be mined.
In a video shared on the actor’s YouTube account, Reynolds announced Tuesday that his pal Hugh Jackman will reprise the role of Wolverine “one more time” in 2024’s “Deadpool 3,” but admitted he has “nothing” else about the character’s MCU entry figured out.
“His first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel special. We need to stay true to the character,” Reynolds said, adding, “Every ‘Deadpool’ needs to stand out and stand apart. It’s an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach down, deep inside and I have nothing.”
But fans believe there’s an obvious direction the third “Deadpool” should take.
Deadpool should kill off Fox’s Marvel universe
—Nicholas Whitcomb (@Whos_Nick) September 27, 2022
—lan (@Earth_928_2099) September 27, 2022
—Harold L Stokes #HLSBets (@HaroldLStokes) September 27, 2022
Why is that what fans want?
Deadpool killing off Fox’s Marvel Universe (think characters largely from the “X-Men,” “Fantastic Four,” and “Daredevil” movies since 2000) would be an incredibly meta reference to 2012’s “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” series by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic.
In the “what if”-like series, Deadpool goes on a killing spree, offing every Marvel hero and villain from the Fantastic Four to Spider-Man, The Avengers, and even Wolverine in grisly fashion.
It was so popular that it spawned a few sequels, including “Deadpool Killusated,” in which the Merc with a Mouth kills off fictional characters who inspired Marvel characters, like the Little Mermaid and Count Dracula.
In 2019, Disney purchased 20th Century Fox’s entertainment assets, including the rights to use Marvel characters previously used in Fox films such as the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. Rather than build off of previous films, Disney is working on its own reboots for “Fantastic Four” and, eventually, “X-Men.”
The deal provides a perfect opportunity to do some sort of live-action adaptation of Deadpool killing off the Marvel Universe without it feeling contrived.
Since Deadpool already breaks the fourth wall, making nods to pop culture references and having an awareness of the Disney/Fox deal, this would be a no-brainer. It would also offer an opportunity for numerous cameos in addition to Jackman, as well as provide a way for fans to say goodbye to the original films, which helped lay the foundation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadpool could even cherrypick some of the characters he wants to see brought into the MCU.
How could Wolverine come into play?
great question It’s tough to say, but Deadpool made it clear he’s a big fan of Jackman in the first two films so it’s a natural fit.
If Marvel goes the “Deadpool Kills” route, Deadpool could either team up with Wolverine or go up against Jackman’s character as the latter tries to prevent Deadpool from killing Fox’s Marvel universe.
But who’s to say we’d even see the Wolverine we know? Jackman could be playing a variant version of Wolverine from a different timeline.
His character from the Fox films was killed off in 2017’s excellent “Logan,” which was itself based on an alternate future version of the character from the “Old Man Logan” comic series. But since the MCU has introduced the multiverse, perhaps Jackman’s Wolverine also already exists in another of the MCU’s fictional realities.
Directed by Shawn Levy (“Free Guy”), “Deadpool 3” is currently set for release on September 6, 2024.
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