By now you've probably heard that Marvel has once again scored their latest victory with Thor and Hulk's unofficial team-up film, Thor: Ragnarok, but, apparently, director Taika Waititi had another Marvel superhero in mind he wished he could have used in the film -- Deadpool.
Thor is now officially funny and his renewed friendship with Bruce Banner/Hulk can rival any other fan-favorite team-up in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ragnarok is able to accomplish something that the previous Thor films were not really successful in doing -- making the God of Thunder fun and relatable thanks to Waititi's signature brand of humor. But as much as the movie was a blast in the cinema, with its perfect blend of action, adventure, heart, and comedy, the Kiwi filmmaker just shared an idea that could have made the film a whole lot better.
Answering fans' questions over at his official Twitter account, Waititi shares that if there was one more Marvel superhero he wanted to use in Ragnarok, it would be the Merc With a Mouth himself, Deadpool. But as everyone knows by now, company IP ownership makes this would-be cameo impossible. Thor and the rest of the Avengers crew are under the Marvel Studios/Disney umbrella, while the wisecracking Deadpool, his fellow X-Men characters, and the Fantastic Four are owned by 20th Century Fox.
Deadpoop. But, y'know... laws n shit. https://t.co/6RND72ug5z
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) October 26, 2017
While almost everybody, including Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is interested in seeing the snappy antihero crossover with the Avengers (or just about anyone else in the MCU), it is quite difficult to incorporate him, with his crude and in-your-face personality, in other films in the bigger franchise. Tone-wise, Deadpool's film goes all-out with its R-rating, while MCU movies tend to keep it audience-friendly to cater to every demographic. Having said that, if Wade Wilson eventually crosses over to the MCU, an entrance via Ragnarok would arguably be the easiest route as the threequel has the most similar style and comedic beats to his own standalone outing. If you think about it, just imagining about Deadpool's potential interaction with Hulk (with his 2-year-old speaking abilities), Loki or even Waititi's own Korg is already funny.
Admittedly, it is still a pipe dream to see Marvel characters under Fox and Marvel studios to all come together in one project. After all, both franchises are doing well separately on their own and have laid out plans that would last several more years. But veteran comic book writer Stan Lee, who is the brain behind some of the most iconic characters from the comic book company, keeps fans' hope alive that a crossover would eventually happen, previously sharing that Marvel Studios has been working to get all their character rights back so they can finally use them all. We've already seen Spider-Man make the jump from Sony Pictures Entertainment, so it's probably not bad to continue wishing the X-Men and the Avengers can eventually appear in a single film in the future.
In the meantime, fans can enjoy both franchises on their own starting with Thor: Ragnarok due to hit theaters domestically next week. Box office projections for the threequel is already looking good, but if you're still not sure about seeing the film come opening weekend, you might want to check out Screen Rant's review of the movie first.
Source: Taika Waititi
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019