The #MCU is a big place. We are 14+ movies and five TV shows in. Through those, numerous characters from several corners of the universe have been explored. Yet, despite its vastness, there are noticeable holes left by the absence of superheroes like the Fantastic Four and X-Men due to 20th Century Fox owning both properties' live-action rights.
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It's a well-known fact that Fox and Marvel Studios haven't had a great relationship over the years. Whether it's because one company refused to lend Galactus and the Silver Surfer back to Marvel, or Marvel denied Fox's request to extend Daredevil's rights, there's been bad blood between them. Unfortunately for us fans, that's meant a lack of characters such as Reed Richards and Deadpool in the ever-expanding Marvel franchise.
Lately however, signs pointing to a better relationship between studios have come out, mainly Marvel's deal with Fox to produce #Legion and the upcoming #Gifted TV series. But what if those signs are an indication that the studios are coming together to work out a deal regarding a certain beloved antihero?
Would you believe me if I told you it's possible that Deadpool could appear in the MCU? In today's age of too-out-there fan theories, you might have trouble doing it, and I wouldn't blame you for it. Fortunately though, there's been a great amount of evidence in the past two years that points to that becoming a reality.
There's A Desire For The X-Men To Appear In The MCU
There's an important question to ask before green-lighting any type of project in the movie industry: Is there an interest for it? Do people want to see it? In the case of the #XMen appearing in the MCU, the answer is a resounding "Yes." And that affirmative doesn't come exclusively from fans. Several people intimately involved in the X-Men franchise have expressed that desire as well.
- Hugh Jackman (Twice)
“I would love to see him as part of The Avengers. Because there’s a great dysfunction among that team, and I think Wolverine would fit right into that. He’d like that. There’s no doubt he’d get in a fight with Hulk at some point...”
Then, in 2017, Jackman revealed he may very well would have kept playing Wolverine if Wolvie had had the chance to mingle with the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Hulk:
"If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man [...] If I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last."
While ultimately #HughJackman's dreams of joining the MCU will probably not come true due to his retirement from playing Wolverine, that didn't stop him or the #Logan filmmakers from inserting a Captain America Easter Egg in his final adventure as Wolverine. And speaking of Marvel Easter Eggs in Fox movies, let's not forget the Helicarrier that appeared in Deadpool.
- Tim Miller
During press for the Blu-ray release of Deadpool on April of 2016, Tim Miller revealed that he and producer #SimonKinberg were trying to build connections for a Spider-Man/Deadpool crossover:
“Simon [Kinberg] and I have been trying to build bridges.”
That right there is a pretty important statement. After all, it means the necessary steps are being taken for such a thing to happen, and the fact that Kinberg is actively working on it speaks volumes.
And speaking of Marvel #EasterEggs, like the
- Simon Kinberg (Twice):
In the same Bu-ray press event where #TimMiller made his comments, the producer extraordinaire talked about his eagerness to see the Fox and MCU united at some point in the future:
"We would love it. I mean, Tim and I talked about it quite a bit. We grew up on comics that did it all the time, quite freely. Not just within the Marvel Universe, but outside the Marvel Universe. So it’d be rad to see it [...] And we certainly each have a really good relationship with Kevin Feige. Maybe one day there’s a sit-down, 'Godfather'-style dinner where we could broker a deal. It’d be cool."
Just days later, he reiterated his desire to see a Web-Slinger/Merc with a Mouth crossover:
“I would love to see it. Both of us are close with Kevin [Feige], we respect and love Kevin. If it were even remotely possible, we will find a way ’cause we’d would love to see it.”
These various statements and the closeness between #Deadpool's creative minds and Kevin Feige seemed to have finally paid off, because...
Kevin Feige Is Producing 'Deadpool 2'
As we learned last month, Deadpool 2 is about to begin filming. Production Weekly, a site that lists upcoming productions, included #Deadpool2 in its then-latest publication. But a closer inspection of the description of the project revealed something interesting: It listed the President of Marvel Studios (and one of the pioneers of the MCU) himself, #KevinFeige, as producer on the Merc with a Mouth's sequel:
Deadpool 2 is expected to do a great deal of world-building by setting up films like #XForce and #NewMutants. Considering Feige's a proven expert in the subject of cinematic universes, he could have simply been brought in as a consultant to help the sequel become the foundation for the new and improved X-Men universe as smoothly as possible.
There's A Precedent Of Feige Consulting On Other Superhero Franchises
But there might be something more to this. You see, back when the Amazing Spider-Man franchise existed, a batch of leaked emails revealed Feige was brought in as a consultant for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The movie was expected to set up numerous spin-offs from #SinisterSix to the rumored Aunt May project. While neither of those happened (yet), what is interesting is what happened just two years later: Marvel and Sony worked out a deal to bring #SpiderMan to the MCU.
Obviously, having Feige as producer on the Deadpool sequel means he'll have some measure of involvement in the film. Regardless, he is on board for a reason, and that reason could be the beginning of the much-awaited merger of the Fox and Marvel Studios' worlds. That makes even more sense if we take into account...
Marvel's Affinity For Deadpool
A big part of Marvel and Fox's feud was the cancellation of the Fantastic Four and X-Men #comicbooks, at least temporarily. The majority of the characters involved with those factions were being killed and replaced with Marvel's next big thing: The Inhumans. But who was the only character owned by Fox who remained standing through the temporary freeze? You guessed it: Deadpool. Not only did he survive, he took center stage in Marvel's new comic book line-up.
Deadpool got his very own solo series, starred in a brand new series alongside Marvel Studios' latest poster boy, Spider-Man, aptly titled Spider-Man/Deadpool, and anchored a number of spinoff series.
To top all of that off, he became part of the #Avengers—no, really. Wade Wilson was the only character to not suffer the House of Ideas' wrath. Never once did the Marvel slow down on his material. In fact, the company pushed him to the forefront of its comics roster after his films' success. That means something, considering the one thing that's made Marvel as successful as it is now.
Marvel Studios Knows What Fans Want And Gives It To Them
If there's one thing #Marvel knows how to do, it's having their finger on the pulse of what fans want. Slowly but surely, the studio has made our wildest comic book dreams come to life on the big screen, from a walking, talking raccoon, to an all-out war between superheroes, and fans have paid that back by making its films multi-million dollar franchises.
The best example of how they make fans' dreams come true is their deal with Sony to include our favorite wall-crawler in the MCU, a deal that just a year prior seemed like a wild fantasy (well, to most people).
Make no mistake, Marvel is well aware of the impact the inclusion of Deadpool into the MCU would have on its fandom. And the awareness isn't just on Marvel's side, either. Fortunately, there's another potential major player that could get this epic crossover going.
Ryan Reynolds Has The Power To Make That Happen
Like us, #RyanReynolds is a fanboy, one who stops at nothing to make his fanboy dreams a reality. Want proof of that? The guy spent 10 years trying to get the movie about the largely unknown mercenary made, witnessed his years-long endeavor buried by a universally hated initial portrayal of the character, and was then 30% responsible for reviving the project, which went on to become the highest R-rated movie of all time.
Deadpool not only opened the doors for other successful R-rated superhero adaptations, but also gave Fox a variety of new franchise opportunities to keep the live-action mutant world going for years to come.
Thanks to all of that, Reynolds has a lot of clout in Fox right now.
As we know - just like Marvel Studios - he doesn't turn a blind eye to fans' desires. If he wants a Deadpool/MCU crossover made, you can be sure he'll push Fox to work out a deal with the House of Ideas. Which is great, because like Jackman, Miller, and Kinberg, he's just as eager to see Wade Wilson team up alongside some classic Marvel characters. In a Twitter Q&A last year, a fan asked if Reynolds could ever see Deadpool teaming up to do something with Spider-Man and his response was
I can definitely imagine doing something with Spider-Man at some point
The original tweet was since deleted (which in and of itself is interesting), but the fact that Reynolds seemed so adamant about it says a lot. None of the usual skirting you see celebs do when they know it will never happen but don't want to disappoint fans.
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Really, there are too many signs pointing to Wade Wilson joining the MCU, even if it's only in a cameo role. If you put all the pieces together, it feels as if it's only a matter of time before his inclusion into the universe is announced. If that's the case, the only question is, where's the right place to introduce him?
The Perfect Movie To Introduce Deadpool In The MCU
Given Deadpool's comedic nature, an appearance from him, if not handled carefully, can easily fall under the "unnecessary" category. Thanks to his fourth-wall-breaking tendencies, just a few seconds worth of him would be enough to blow our minds, but that doesn't mean there isn't a wrong moment for it. It would feel really weird for example, to be watching #BlackPanther doing his thing in Wakanda, and suddenly have Wade Wilson show up out of nowhere to crack an inappropriate joke.
If the Merc with a Mouth is to pop up in the MCU, he needs a film in which he won't feel out of place. That, my fellow nerds, is #InfinityWar. This is the movie that will culminate ten years worth of storylines in the MCU, and will therefore include almost every character introduced so far.
The film will close the book on a long chapter in the MCU, and will open doors for the franchise for explorations of completely new stories and characters. What better way to introduce that new world of possibilities than with the Merc with a Mouth, who would bring an entirely new world unto itself is there? Probably nothing.
The #MarvelCinematicUniverse gets bigger every year, and its needs to evolve constantly in order to remain relevant, fresh and entertaining. A character like Deadpool, thanks to his popularity and unique approach to the superhero genre, would be the perfect vehicle for Marvel to continue down that path.
You may have noticed I didn't touch on the X-Men, but that's because right now it's evident Marvel is more interested in Deadpool than anything else Fox has to offer. And let's be honest, where there's a will—and money—there's a way. Fox and Marvel may slowly be exploring the thaw in their long Cold War, but if it made good business and financial sense for both studios to explore more crossover opportunities, or to work out a joint custody deal like Sony and Marvel for Spidey, it will happen sooner rather than later.
Do you think it's too crazy to believe that Deadpool could show up in the MCU? Or does it make sense? Let me know in the comments!