Following Disney’s historic acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the most immediate questions that faced the House of Mouse was when and how Marvel Studios would introduce the newly-acquired icons into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With the studio *finally* in control of legendary Marvel characters such as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, it won’t be long until these various characters — which are some of the most famous in the history of Marvel Comics — are introduced into the MCU.
However, while the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are expected to be recast and rebooted, the dilemma that Disney faces when it comes to Deadpool is an intricate one, as not only is Ryan Reynolds synonymous with the role but the entire vibe of the Deadpool franchise is actually antithetical to the MCU as we currently know it.
Nevertheless, given the rampant success of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, the Merc with a Mouth is almost certainly in their plans for the future. And that future may come sooner than we realize, as Reynolds revealed on Monday that he had a recent meeting with the big wigs at Marvel Studios.
“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,” Reynolds joked on Instagram.
At this point, it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of how and when Deadpool joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Disney is far too intelligent of a movie studio to let a character as beloved as Reynold’s version of Deadpool walk off into his R-rated bloodsoaked sunset.
Truthfully, the only question that remains is if Disney will continue making R-rated Deadpool films or if they’ll ramp down Wade Wilson’s vulgarity and violence to make him more family-friendly (which would be a huge, huge bummer, so finger’s crossed they don’t go down the PG-13 route.)
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