Could Deadpool exist in the MCU? It’s a question on the minds of many fans since Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox – the studio behind the two R-rated superhero live-action films – in March 2019.
Over the next two years, however, we had confirmation that the sarcastic comic book character will making its way into the MCU (more details below) although it won’t be anytime soon.
While we know Deadpool 3 will take place in the MCU, some people aren’t sure Marvel and Disney will retain a key part of what makes Deadpool so popular – including the director of Deadpool.
In an interview with Reverse, Deadpool director Tim Miller wondered if Deadpool would fit into the MCU and what would need to change to make that a reality.
“I do [think Deadpool could fit in the MCU], he said. “I think Ryan Reynolds’ take on the character, and the way he embraces the particular type of madness – even though you said he won’t use four-letter words – would still be there. is still that character. You can take the R-rated games if you wanted to and it would still be Deadpool if Ryan did. “
Analysis: Deadpool 3 will be an R-rated MCU movie
Miller’s comments about dropping R-rated content from Deadpool aren’t that far-fetched. After all, almost every MCU movie has been rated PG-13 in the US (12 or 12A in the UK). When Deadpool finally makes his MCU debut, you can expect Deadpool 3 to meet Marvel and Disney’s age rating for their superhero movies.
However, this does not appear to be the case. In January, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed (by Collider) than a Deadpool MCU movie has been already in planning. Not only did Ryan Reynolds write the script for Deadpool 3, Feige explained, Marvel would also retain the R-rated elements that made Wade Wilson’s alter-ego a fan favorite.
“It will be rated R,” Feige revealed. “And we’re working on a script right now, and Ryan is overseeing a script right now… It won’t be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy and very successful actor. We’ve already announced a number of things we now need to do, but it’s exciting that it’s started. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just great to see him bring that character to life.
Since Miller has not been involved with the Deadpool film series since the first installment, it is possible that he was unaware of Feige’s comments before speaking to Reverse. If so, that will explain why Miller has said he believes Deadpool’s mature content should be cut in order to debut in the MCU.
yes absolutely nothing NEEDS an R rating, could that help? of course but not necessary, people who think it is necessary just want some teenage humor pic.twitter.com/ojUSPVtL1CMay 27, 2021
At this time, it’s unclear how Deadpool 3 will fit into the MCU. In hindsight, including Deadpool 3 as part of Marvel’s Phase 4 plans (which are partly focused on the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse) would have made the most sense but, given Feige’s comments, it looks like it was. extremely unlikely.
Marvel could have introduced Deadpool to the MCU as part of the “reality-breaking” thread that will run throughout Phase 4. Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2, among others, will explore this in detail, and this would have provided Marvel with the perfect opportunity to bring Deadpool into the MCU as a crossover.
Unless Marvel changes its Phase 4 release schedule after 2021, we shouldn’t expect Deadpool to potentially make his first MCU appearance before Phase 5. We don’t know how Deadpool 3 will end up being. factored into the MCU (or MCM), but we’re confident Marvel knows how it will introduce Wade Wilson in due course.