"With great power...comes great irresponsibility." Deadpool's uncanny ability to break the fourth wall and reference (or even heckle) other Marvel heroes has made the Merc with a Mouth a beloved character. The aforementioned reference to Spider-Man was apparent in the trailer for 2016's Deadpool, in which Ryan Reynolds starred perfectly as Wade Wilson. Deadpool continued the Marvel references in the sequel film, and it gave fans a fantastic Easter egg. But, those references can only go so far; it would be even better if Wade Wilson was a part of the shared cinematic universe.
Now that Disney has acquired the film rights to Deadpool from Fox, the future of the Merc with a Mouth on film is in the hands of Marvel. But, with Disney largely being family-oriented and Wade Wilson having no filter, incorporating Deadpool into the MCU is easier said than done. Fans will see Deadpool in the MCU at some point, and though it may not be an easy feat, the wait will be well worth it according to the Merc with a Mouth himself.
In an interview with Total Film Magazine and shared through gamesradar.com, Ryan Reynolds touched on the future of Deadpool with Marvel and spoke about the prospects of a third film for the Merc with a Mouth, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Oh, man, I really don’t know.. It’s just all so new with it being over at Marvel now, and, you know, figuring out the ins and outs as much as I can, from where I sit. We’ll see.
I don’t feel like an insider at all. I think once I’m more intimate with it – if we get to make a Deadpool 3… if or when we get to make a Deadpool 3, I’ll probably have a better perspective on that. But I’m a huge fan of Marvel, and how they make movies. 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.
WHAT THIS MEANS
As much as Fox has been hit-or-miss with its film adaptations of Marvel heroes like the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Deadpool and its sequel were notable home runs for the studio. Perhaps the most essential aspect of ensuring Deadpool is a success is by allowing Wade Wilson all the freedom of commentary he so desires. So no matter how vulgar or cringe-worthy the jokes might be, Fox allowed it, and it resulted in an R-rating. The question for the future is, will Marvel (and therefore Disney) allow the same freedom?
Kevin Feige has already been adamant that it will be a while until fans see Deadpool appear in the MCU, at least for a few years. Likely this is because the team at Marvel Studios wants to first and foremost, do right by the character, as well as incorporate him as best as possible. From Ryan Reynolds' comments, it seems to align with the acceptance that those plans are still a ways away. But he has faith in the future of the character in the hands with Feige and with Marvel. And as long as Ryan Reynolds, aka Wade Wilson himself, is on board, we can expect the next film starring the Merc with a Mouth to be a great one.