The merger between The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox will undoubtedly have significant ramifications, the least important of which being what will happen to Fox’s Marvel properties such as X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, but this is the world we currently inhabit.
We already know that the amalgamation was forged too late for Wolverine to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, no matter how bad Anthony and Joe Russo wish the adamantium-boned mutant could’ve been included. So the fandom has now turned their contentiousness to another of Xavier’s castoffs, Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth.
Deadpool is a meta, (immature) adult-targeted, R-rated franchise, and it’s one of a kind, a rarity in superhero cinema today. Therefore, it’s understandable to see why fans are a little testy about the X-Force leader’s impending transition to a primarily family-friendly corporation.
While most in the Wade Wilson fan club are opposed to the idea of Reynolds’ foul-mouthed mercenary taking up arms with the Avengers and becoming just another asset in Marvel Studios’ goody two shoes parent company’s repertoire, David Leitch, director of Deadpool 2, thinks the fusion could work.
“I think it’ll be exciting for fans. What I like about Deadpool is I think that the more you can put Deadpool in a box, the more he wants to push outside of it.
Pairing him with people that you think would confine him, it’s a challenge to be irreverent, and it’s a challenge to keep the same sort of subversive nature. I think there’s something interesting about that. I don’t know.”
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During the sit-down with Fandango, Leitch also disclosed that he thinks Wade Wilson and Steve Rogers could potentially form a hilarious duo.
“Who would he pair with? Captain America, that’d be pretty funny. I don’t know. There are definitely some people. I mean, I’m a fan of that sort of whole Marvel universe. I think you could just throw a dart at a board and put Deadpool next to them, and it would be funny.”
How exactly Deadpool will figure into the MCU likely isn’t a priority for The Walt Disney Company at the moment. Still, it’s rather interesting to think about how Marvel will ultimately incorporate the likes of Wade Wilson, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men into their hugely successful cinematic universe, once the consolidation is complete, of course.