Coming off the wild success of last year’s Deadpool film, Ryan Reynolds and Fox are already well into development on Deadpool 2. Looking forward, Reynolds still has hopes and dreams of having his Deadpool character crossover with other Marvel franchises, and he’s not focusing just on the X-Men.
Reynolds wants Deadpool to meet up with Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of The Avengers, but only if he can keep his signature potty mouth that is expected of The Merc with the Mouth.
“That sounds like a great idea but a very expensive idea,” said Reynolds recently said in an interview with Total Film Magazine (H/T ComicBookMovie.com). “Can you imagine the s**t-talking contest with Iron Man? Oh, that would be great. But it would have to be rated R to completely unharness everybody. Unbridle the merriment and watch them go…”
Asked for a response, Chris Evans (who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) replied…
The likelihood of seeing Deadpool and The Avengers cross paths remains unlikely for a number of reasons. Although Marvel and Sony managed to work out an agreement that allows Spider-Man to join the MCU and remain a Sony property, that may be all we can realistically hope for. Sony was desperate to find a way to make Spider-Man work, and Marvel really benefitted by being able to include Spider-Man in the MCU. Deadpool is a different story.
For starters, the chances Fox and Marvel can work together the way Marvel and Sony did are slim. If Fox was going to give up any of its Marvel film rights, it would be more likely be for the Fantastic Four, which the Fox studios has messed up three times now. Deadpool’s solo debut was a monumental hit for Fox, and they will want to keep a strong hold on it for as long as they can, just like the X-Men.
Then there is the fact Deadpool is not exactly the type of character a Disney-owned brand will likely be happy with having on the big screen, with their more PG-13 world continuing to evolve. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may have been a tad edgier in its script, but there’s still a lot of room between it and what Deadpool would bring to the table. Marvel and Disney will be happy to keep the edgier stuff in their smaller-scale Netflix corner of the MCU, with The Punisher on the way later this year.
Would it be fun to see Reynolds and Iron Man go head-to-head with the insults and quick whips? Absolutely. It would also be a fun ride to see Deadpool and Captain America going out on an adventure with just the two of them, yet that will never happen either.
But what about crossing over to the Sony Marvel properties? Deadpool and Spider-Man could be one way to bring Deadpool into the MCU without crossing star attractions of the MCU owned by Disney. And with Sony looking to make an R-rated Venom film, the suggestion Sony would be willing to test the waters with R-rated content seems to leave the door wide open for Deadpool.
So if we’re not going to get Deadpool meeting the Avengers, maybe he can take a ride through the Spider-Man universe owned by Sony instead.