As Deadpool 2 cleans up at the box office, there's a bit of uncertainty surrounding the character, and the cinematic universe that he inhabits. Yes, there appear to be plans for more Deadpool stories -- be it Deadpool 3, or an X-Force movie. But what happens if the proposed merger between Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox goes through. Does the foul-mouthed Deadpool automatically join the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Should he? On the latest episode of our ReelBlend podcast, we had the opportunity to ask Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld if he wants to see his creation in the MCU, and he gave his one major condition that he'd hold out for:
Rob Liefeld puts a lot of faith into Ryan Reynolds, the leading man who has breathed life into Deadpool for two blockbuster movies... and one disaster of a failed attempt in X-Men: Origins -- Wolverine. Let's not speak about that. There has been some debate online recently -- which Liefeld has waded into -- about the need for Deadpool to maintain his R-rated humor if he were to shift over to Mouse House's audience friendly MCU. But the more Rob talked on our podcast, the more he set the stage for Deadpool eventual entrance into the Marvel sandbox, and he got us all very excited. Liefeld said:
It will be very interesting to see how the Fox properties are handled if a Disney deal goes through. While the Fantastic Four could really use a Marvel Studios reboot, Deadpool is locating along nicely in his well-established lane. And the X-Men/New Mutants side of the equation is really trying to keep their continuity in line. Yet another reboot on the MCU side would leave a lot of cast in jeopardy. We probably need a new Wolverine. But are Cyclops and Jean Grey, as we know them, done?
We'll keep track of the Fox and Disney deal. What do you think? Do you think Deadpool fits in the MCU? Listen to our full conversation with Rob Liefeld on the latest ReelBlend podcast episode, in the player above.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.