The 1 Reason You’ll (Probably) Never See Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool in the MCU

Deadpool fans are still waiting to see their favorite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they’re concerned they’ll never get a chance to. While the Deadpool movies themselves are R-rated, all 23 MCU movies are very much PG-13. 

Put another way, Deadpool swears constantly, whereas in the MCU, they make jokes about how surprising it is when Captain America does swear. Just imagine if those two heroes found themselves in the same room.

Although that won’t ever happen, Marvel fans think there’s a way to make it work – a way that has actually already worked. 

Make Deadpool’s PG-13 mouth part of the joke

Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet
Ryan Reynolds | Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic

On Reddit, a fan suggested, “As he is an R-rated character, he is a potty mouth. We know it and love it. However the MCU is a PG13 franchise. This is what you do. Let Ryan Reynolds do his thing unchecked. In-movie, bleep him. Deadpool will notice this and lose his s—. Other characters will just see him f-bombing into the wind and talking nonsense. Hilarity ensues. We all win.”

In other words, this fan thinks it would be a good idea to turn Deadpool into The Good Place with spandex. What the fork, man. 

Other fans approved of the suggestion, saying, “This is something that was being thrown around as an idea before the initial Deadpool movie was released. I still think it would be pretty funny, especially if he broke the fourth wall and commented on the censoring.”

Another person had reservations, suggesting: “I half agree. Instead of the audible beep, which would 100% break the style of the movies, do the cheesy version and have car horns go off at just the right time or a explosion or something, so the audience wouldn’t hear but the characters in the movie would.”

This is similar to an idea used in the comedy Isn’t it Romantic, where Rebel Wilson gets clonked on the head and wakes up in a PG-13 rom-com world where the sounds of a truck backing up conveniently bleep out her curses. 

Deadpool has already censored himself

Because Deadpool is so famous for his R-rated antics, it’s easy to forget that Fox already tried something like this even before Disney bought them.

After Deadpool 2 came out in May of 2018, Fox re-released the movie in a PG-13 cut called Once Upon a Deadpool. That version cut down the violence and cut out the f-bombs, but it included new footage of Deadpool and Fred Savage in a parody of the grandfather/grandson scenes of The Princess Bride.

It even included this Fox/Marvel joke: 

Savage: I kind of prefer Marvel movies.

Deadpool: We ARE Marvel.

Fred Savage: Yeah, but you’re, you know – Marvel licensed by Fox. It’s like if the Beatles were produced by Nickelback. It’s music, but it sucks.

Deadpool: You were nicer as a kid.

One can only wonder what jokes they’ll make now.

What about ‘Deadpool 3?’

Fans on Reddit pointed out that Disney CEO Robert Iger had already OK’d an R-rated Deadpool, but they pointed out that was only for his solo movies. If he appeared, say, with the Avengers, he’d have to tone it down. 

So it seems like the best thing for fans to do if they want Deadpool uncensored is to wait for Deadpool 3. Unfortunately, that’s in a holding pattern right now. 

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who most recently wrote Zombieland Double Tap, gave Den of Geek an update on the status of the Deadpool threequel.

“We’re just waiting for the word from on high,” says Wernick. “There’s a lot to be sorted out, like how Deadpool fits into the Marvel Universe with the other characters and into the release schedule of the MCU. Then it’s, do the X-Men get in there at some point? Fantastic Four? There’s a lot to be sorted out and I think we’re all getting a much needed rest from Deadpool — Ryan (Reynolds) and us and everybody.”