Deadpool’s Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — so are the Fantastic Four and X-Men — since Fox and Disney merged earlier this year but there’s a problem with one plot point in Deadpool 2. See how Reynolds hinted at joining Phase 5 of the MCU in July 2019.
When the Deadpool sequel hit theaters in 2018, part of the film contradicted the record-breaking film, Avengers: Endgame, and every other Avengers movie (get the order of the movies in the franchise) in the MCU.
Fan theory about ‘Deadpool 2’ reveals contradiction with time travel
It’s not Wilson/Deadpool’s foul mouth but rather the franchise’s approach to time travel that contradicts the rules for going backward or forward in time, previously established in MCU films.
As stated in the fan theory, Wilson/Deadpool went back in time in Deadpool 2 with Cable, played by actor, Josh Brolin, to change the past. Throughout the course of the film, Cable attempted to kill Russell Collins, played by actor Julian Dennison, to prevent him from turning into the evil Firefist as an adult who killed Cable’s family.
At one point, Cable held a burned teddy bear of his late daughter while Deadpool stopped Collins from becoming evil and wreaking havoc on Cable’s life. At the end of Deadpool 2, Cable’s future has been changed for the better as evidenced by the teddy bear being unharmed.
How time travel works in the MCU
Now that Deadpool has become part of the MCU, the time travel rules set forth in Deadpool 2 have become a problem because they directly contradict the thinking on time travel in Avengers: Endgame.
The rules on time travel were very different in Avengers: Endgame. Take Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), for instance. He traveled backward and forward in time and eventually went back to a post World War II era to spend the rest of his days with the love of his life.
Learn why the Avengers: Endgame writers ultimately decided to send Captain America back in time. By doing so, Captain America didn’t change the future of the world.
Actress Tilda Swinton played the Ancient One in the film and explained time travel to Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. Swinton’s character plainly said time travel doesn’t change the future but rather creates an alternate timeline. This is where Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Endgame differ on time travel. It means the logic has to be ironed out in the upcoming Deadpool movie since becoming part of the MCU.
What could happen — although we don’t know for sure — is that Reynolds’s witty character may solve the issue with time travel by making one of his sarcastic remarks to the audience.
But, then again, maybe the MCU won’t even address the problem. There have been plenty of films and TV shows with inconsistencies in the plot that haven’t been dealt with onscreen. It’s like the writers have silently asked the audience to forget or put aside any bits of information that don’t exactly add up.
Either way, audiences will have to wait and see when the next Deadpool movie premieres.