How the MCU’s Version of Deadpool Could Disappoint Long-Time Fans

Many fans are aware that Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009, but what is less clear is why the Marvel Universe is still so disjointed.

The film rights to Spider-Man are owned by Sony and the rights to X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Deadpool had been in the hands of Fox, that is until now. In a $71.3 billion deal, Walt Disney Co. merged with 21st Century Fox. The merger has led several fans to tweet with excitement, “Deadpool is a Disney princess.” Not everyone is celebrating, however.

With the fate of future Deadpool films now being in the hands of Disney, many fans are worried that the Deadpool we’ve all grown to know and love just won’t be the same.

Will Ryan Reynolds continue to play Deadpool?

Ryan Reynolds on the Today show
Ryan Reynolds | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

In a Christmas Eve interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Ryan Seacrest asks, “Are there plans for yet another Deadpool in the franchise?” Ryan Reynolds responds in the affirmative saying, “Yeah we’re working on it right now with a whole team. We’re over at Marvel now which is like, the big leagues, all of a sudden. So yeah, we’re working on it.”

You can see he is careful not to give away many details and the subject quickly changes.

With that statement, Reynolds fans can breathe easy, his role as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, is the one aspect of Deadpool 3 that is for certain. The same assurance cannot be made for the rest of the Deadpool 3 cast.

No casting announcements have been made as of yet, but the fact that Reynolds is the only confirmed returning actor does raise some alarms. 

Why are fans worried about Disney taking over ‘Deadpool’?

Let’s face it, Deadpool as a character just doesn’t really fit with the whole Disney vibe. The two Deadpool films are rated R and feature copious amounts of violence, foul language, and sexual jokes. 

Many fans fear that with Disney at the helm, we’ll all get a watered-down version of the Merc with a Mouth. The film style, with breaking the 4th wall and pop culture references, also makes it an odd fit for the MCU.

Whereas The Avengers films and their spinoffs seem to be mostly self-contained in their own universe with only vague references to modern pop culture, Deadpool is grounded firmly in the present and is chock-full of references and jokes related to the non-cinematic world of its viewers.

Perhaps we can look to Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy as a similar type of character (though far less controversial) that could highlight a way forward for Deadpool if he is, in fact, going to start appearing in other MCU films.

Compared to how the Thor and Captain America movies began, Guardians of the Galaxy was in a league of its own in terms of use of humor and pop culture, but as the franchises grew, the bend turned decidedly more comedic, especially in Thor: Ragnarok.

By the time Star-Lord jumped into the Avengers films, his presence didn’t seem so strange, and we can only hope Deadpool will have a similar arrival onto the scene.

Can we expect to see Deadpool in the other MCU films?

Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are optimistic about not only Deadpool retaining his edge, but the possibility of some MCU collaborations.

In an October 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly Wernick shared, “Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU a little bit as well and play in that sandbox.” 

Reynolds seems to be dropping hints that some MCU appearances are in his future as well. On Instagram, he shared a photo of himself in front of a Marvel sign with the caption, “Auditioned for the role of ‘Anthony Stark’. Didn’t come even remotely close, but the nice man with the taser escorted me to the ground.”

Looking at Reynold’s social media accounts, it’s easy to see why he was always a natural fit for the part, as he has a quick wit that mirrors that of Wade Wilson. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the studio makes good on the promise to keep Deadpool the same wise-cracking, foul-mouthed anti-hero we’ve all grown to love.