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It's no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. But there are certain properties that transcend the genre, and stand out as fan favorites with something unique to say. Chief among them is Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool franchise, which broke new ground as an R-rated comic book movie that was still able to make tons of money at the box office. But when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and its assets, it was unclear if/how the Merc with the Mouth would be incorporated into Marvel Studios. And now it seems Ryan Reynolds is finally meeting with the studio, which should start countless fan theories.
Marvel Studios is famously known for its secrecy, with information and updated about each Phase of the shared universe arriving methodically. Deadpool's fate in the MCU has been a major question looming above the franchise. This query is especially important, given how much more adult-oriented the fourth wall breaking property is in comparison to the rest of Marvel's franchises. And now it looks like talks are finally happening, as Ryan Reynolds shared a cryptic image from inside Marvel Studios' office. Check it out below.
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Well, this is exciting. It looks like the fate of the Deadpool franchise is finally being addressed, with star/producer Ryan Reynolds attending a meeting at the studio. Although the contents of that meeting are a total mystery at this point.
Ryan Reynolds' recent Instagram post is sure to excite Deadpool fans, and inspire countless theories about what the character's possible future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But because it's Reynolds we're talking about, he was sure to put a one liner in there to make fans chuckle. He jokes about auditioning for the role of Tony Stark, referencing Robert Downey Jr.'s recent retirement from the character. Although we all know what the meeting with Marvel was really about.
When Disney first began the process of acquiring 20th Century Fox, CEO Bob Iger made it seem like the studios wasn't planning on changing the Deadpool franchise to make it more family friendly and PG-13. This was no doubt a relief to cinephiles, considering how the property's rating and curse-laden script is what set it apart from the rest of the genre.
But fans are especially curious to see if Deadpool will actually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or be kept in his own universe. Separating the character will allow future installments to continue without having to change anything, but moviegoers would likely be disappointed if Wade Wilson never got to cross over and interact with the heroes that he so often references. After all, the character could bring something wholly unique to the next Avengers movie-- whenever that might be. And Deadpool has had a long history with other Marvel heroes in the comics-- like Spider-Man for example (opens in new tab).
Alas, we'll have to sit and wait for any official information to come from either Marvel Studios or Ryan Reynolds. But talks are finally happening, allowing the Deadpool franchise to move forward. Because cinephiles are eager to jump back in for a threequel and/or X-Force movie.
The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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