Will Deadpool Join the MCU in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’?

We know that Deadpool 3 will happen eventually, even though nobody seems to know exactly when due to all the Disney and Fox entanglements. Now comes word that we may see the character in the MCU as soon as Thor: Love and Thunder, rather than Black Widow

Nothing is confirmed at this point, and Marvel certainly isn’t going to lift its veil of secrecy long enough to let a nugget like that drop. However, this raises a number of questions, which we’ll address here. 

Is a ‘Thor’ film really the best place to introduce Deadpool?

Ryan Reynolds at a 'Deadpool' fan event in New York City.
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Sources tell We Got This Covered that Deadpool, thus far portrayed in live-action films by Ryan Reynolds, may show up in the fourth Thor movie, scheduled to be released in November of 2021. On the surface, that makes sense. The question Marvel has to ask itself here is: “Deadpool is one of our silliest, raunchiest properties. So which of the properties that we already have makes the best fit?” 

The Thor movies have gotten wilder and goofier as they’ve gone along, and that progression reached its apex with Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, who has a unique sense of humor. That movie combined Thor with Hulk, a character that is often rather tragic given Bruce Banner’s repeated failures to control him.

Thor: Ragnarok sidestepped that by mostly removing Bruce from the movie and getting some laughs out of Hulk’s man-child boorishness. That helped the movie become the biggest success in the series.

On the other hand, we know Thor: Love and Thunder will also be dealing with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and her transformation into a new female Thor. Deadpool might clash too much with that story. It may make more sense to put Deadpool into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will probably come out sometime in 2022.

At least at this point, there’s no Marvel franchise that is zanier than Guardians of the Galaxy. Better yet, Thor was last seen in Avengers: Endgame going off with them, so going from Thor: Love and Thunder to Guardians of the Galaxy might make a good segue.  

When will ‘Deadpool 3’ come out?

So where does that leave Deadpool 3? Per Digital Spy, Reynolds has confirmed it’s definitely coming. And he’s joked — at least we think he’s joking — about bringing Hugh Jackman out of retirement.

What makes this all tricky to parse is that Deadpool was part of the X-Men universe that had been controlled by Fox before Disney bought that studio. That universe imploded rather spectacularly with the failure of Dark Phoenix, which made only $65 million here. 

Theoretically, that shouldn’t affect Deadpool, who was off in his own little universe anyway, but the uncertainty around X-Men could create a chilling effect that might delay Deadpool. Or it could provide juicy material for Reynolds to make jokes about.

Will ‘Deadpool 3’ still be rated R?

The other big question at play is: When Deadpool finally does come into the MCU, will his movies still be rated R? Fans see his raunchy banter as integral to the franchise’s appeal, and a PG-13 Deadpool might lose a little luster, although technically it’s already been done via the Once Upon a Deadpool cut of the second movie. 

However, people involved with Deadpool have been putting out mixed signals about how Deadpool in the MCU would be handled. Deadpool 2  director David Leitch has said: “[Deadpool is] rated R so that’s not necessarily the [MCU] brand but he doesn’t necessarily need to be R and [Disney] don’t necessarily need to only make PG-13 movies. I think we’ll find a happy ground.” 

Meanwhile, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said: “There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?” We’ll go with Feige. He’s the boss, unless his boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger, says something different.