Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is teasing a recent meeting with Marvel Studios, could this be a sign that the Merc with a Mouth heads to the MCU soon? We know he'll get there eventually, following Disney's buying out of Fox's movie and TV assets earlier this year. That mammoth deal allows Marvel to reclaim control over the film rights to some of their most beloved characters, including the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Sadly, Spider-Man's continued MCU presence still depends on Disney's ability to stay on Sony's good side.
Also coming along in the Disney-Fox deal is Deadpool, memorably played by Reynolds in two movies to date, both of which proved incredibly successful at the box office. Well, and he also played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we don't really like to talk about that one. The huge profits of Deadpool and Deadpool 2 went a long way toward proving that an R-rating isn't a financial death sentence for a comic book movie, a fact that is currently being reinforced by the massive haul earned by DC's Joker origin film.
It remains to be seen whether any mainline MCU films will ever be rated R, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has said in the past that when it comes to Deadpool, the studio is taking the attitude of not fixing what isn't broken, and plans to stay on the same R-rated track. It's still unclear if and when a third proper Deadpool film will happen, but Reynolds is now stoking the fires of fans with a recent tweet showing him at the offices of Marvel Studios. Check it out below.
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. pic.twitter.com/1bwFDGdMOj— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 14, 2019
Reynolds, in his usual sarcastic manner, captioned his photo with the assertion that he went to Marvel Studios in an attempt to replace Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark. Obviously, a meeting with Marvel creatives designed to hash out what's next on the big screen for Deadpool is much more likely. An X-Force film was planned at one point, but following Disney's acquisition of Fox, it wouldn't be surprising to see them rather make a third Deadpool solo film as a way of re-introducing him to audiences under the Marvel Studios banner.
Whichever way Disney and Marvel Studios goes with Deadpool's next film, it's almost impossible to imagine one won't get made, and that Reynolds won't return to star. Deadpool is a certified money-making franchise now, and to end it prematurely would be a mistake for all involved. Then again, the same could be said of Spider-Man's presence within the MCU, and we all saw how close that came to ending.
Source: Ryan Reynolds/Twitter
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