‘Deadpool 3’: Ryan Reynolds Says ‘If’ He Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe It Would Be Both ‘Explosive and Amazing’

Deadpool 3 star Ryan Reynolds just gave Marvel fans an update on the third film in the hit franchise. During an at-home interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Reynolds opened up about the chances of the Merc with a Mouth joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future. Reynolds did not say when Deadpool might join the rest of Marvel’s characters, but he did tease that he hopes if happens “sooner rather than later.”

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Where things stand with ‘Deadpool 3’

After years of developing the first movie in the franchise, Deadpool proved to be a big success at the box office. Not only did it make over $700 million in theaters, but it also opened the door for other R-rated superhero movies, such as Logan and Joker.

Deadpool 2 built on that success and became one of the highest-earning R-rated movies in the history of film. It also broadened the character’s storyline by introducing several new characters, like Cable (Josh Brolin) and the X-Force.

But at the time, the franchise was still owned by 20th Century Fox, something that changed when Disney bought the company last year. Fans were immediately excited about the prospects of Wade Wilson taking his R-rated humor to the MCU.

Unfortunately, Deadpool 3 was not a part of Marvel’s big Phase 4 announcement last summer. But Marvel president Kevin Feige has expressed an interest in introducing the character at some point in the MCU. And considering the value of the Deadpool franchise, Marvel would be insane not to bring it into the fold.

Reynolds on bringing the Merc with a Mouth to the MCU

That brings us to Reynolds’ recent interview with Fallon. During their chat, Fallon asked Reynolds if Deadpool was going to become a part of the MCU or if the third movie in the franchise was going to be on its own.

Reynolds revealed that he would love to set the next movie in the MCU, saying that it would be “explosive and amazing.” But Reynolds stopped short of guaranteeing that it was going to happen.

“I see infinite possibility in either version,” he explained. “If Deadpool were to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think it would be explosive and amazing and what a sandbox to play in. If Deadpool continued to get to just do his own thing and be his own thing, also just infinite possibility.”

Deadpool is probably the most valuable franchise that Disney acquired in the deal with Fox. The studio also got the rights to X-Men, though Fox has had difficulty getting mutant-related projects off the ground in recent years.

When it comes to introducing Deadpool to the MCU, several challenges remain. One of the biggest hurdles is combining Deadpool’s adult humor with Disney’s family-friendly tone. All signs point towards Deadpool 3 retaining an R-rating, but that could always change.

What did Reynolds think of Disney’s acquisition of Fox?

The good news is that Reynolds seems to think that Disney buying out Fox was a great deal. According to CNET, Reynolds recently opened up about Deadpool 3 being under Disney’s umbrella and said that it is a “win for everyone involved.”

“I’m a huge fan of Marvel, and how they make movies,” he shared. “So when Disney bought Fox, I only saw that as a good thing. Deadpool hopefully being allowed to play in that sandbox, I think is just a win for everyone involved. But we’ll certainly see.”

Reynolds added that there has been an adjustment period for his team now that everything goes through Disney. This includes finding out all of the “ins and outs” of how the studio operates.

Last December, Reynolds confirmed that Deadpool 3 was officially under development. It is unclear how the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the project, but Reynolds and his team still have plenty of time to figure things out.

What are the chances that ‘Deadpool 3’ is not a part of the MCU?

Although fans would love to see Deadpool join the MCU, there is a chance that the third movie in the hit franchise will be on its own. After all, it might take Marvel a while before they figure out how to bring Deadpool into the fold.

If that happens, then Disney might decide to move forward with the film in order to see its first big payoff from the Fox buyout. Given the franchise’s previous successes at the box office, the third movie could make Disney over a billion dollars.

Marvel, of course, has not commented on Deadpool’s status in the MCU. The studio has pushed back all of its Phase 4 projects due to the current crisis.