If the Fox/Disney deal becomes a reality, the Marvel Cinematic Universe could get a lot bigger. But where could a unique character like Deadpool fit into the MCU?
After the success of the original Deadpool film, it wasn’t long before fans began wishing for a way to get Deadpool into the MCU alongside Marvel’s other greatest heroes. Unfortunately, the fact that Deadpool’s film rights are owned by 20th Century Fox made this impossible.
Following the release of Deadpool 2, the same discussion has arisen. Only this time, with a potential deal between Fox and Disney on the horizon, fans dreams of having Deadpool in the MCU could become a reality.
But how would this work? Deadpool is a very different character than what we have seen in the MCU before.
He is violent, foulmouthed, and constantly breaks the fourth wall. The Deadpool films are rated R, while the MCU’s reach PG-13 at the most.
At first glance, the two just don’t seem to fit.
Yet in the comics on which both series of films are based, Deadpool manages to fit in perfectly. There are a few ways they could make him work in the MCU as well.
1. What Deadpool was doing when..
In the ten years of the MCU, there have been a number of ‘event’ films. The original Avengers, Age of Ultron, Civil War, and now Infinity War.
As my first idea for integrating Deadpool into the MCU, I propose a film, possibly a series of films, asking this question: Where was Deadpool during the MCU’s biggest events?
The beauty of this is that there would be no need to change the formula that has worked for Deadpool onscreen so far. He could still be violent and rude. The films could maintain their R rating, so long as families are made very aware. Thankfully, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds is brilliant at getting this point across in trailers and interviews.
There could be cameos from big MCU names, or maybe their stunt doubles instead. Deadpool is just the type of film where a joke like that could work.
Maybe Deadpool becomes involved in the conflict in a way we didn’t see in the original films, possibly taking out some Chitauri during the battle of New York.
Deadpool could be on an adventure of his own before his mission is rudely interrupted by the fall of Sokovia.
So many possibilities.
2. Deadpool and the Guardians of the Galaxy
Another option is to introduce Deadpool into the MCU via a role in a Guardians of The Galaxy film.
Recently, both Ryan Reynolds and Guardians Of the Galaxy director James Gunn have displayed interest in a crossover between the two franchises.
It’s not the first time the franchises have been connected, as Deadpool played a role in Marvel regaining the rights for a certain character in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2. In exchange for using Ego The Living Planet, Marvel allowed Fox to alter the powers of Negasonic Teenage Warhead when adapting her for Deadpool.
There is also a precedent for a Guardians/Deadpool team-up in the comics.
Introducing Deadpool to the MCU among the Guardians could work well, as they somewhat match in their style of quirky humour.
The only downside is that the character’s swearing and violence would definitely have to be toned down, as the Guardians are a favourite of Marvel’s younger fans. However, this may not be as big a problem as it would seem. Deadpool has been successfully reigned in for Marvel Animated series in the past.
3. Various other Team-Ups
Aside from the Guardians, there are a whole host of other Marvel characters Deadpool could be paired with for his introduction to the MCU. Spider-Man and Deadpool are a popular pair, as are Deadpool and Hawkeye.
Deadpool could be ramped up or toned down depending on who he was teamed with. A movie with Spidey would have to be rather tame, but pairing up with a character like Winter Soldier or Black Widow could give Deadpool the chance to unleash a little more.
If the chance to bring Deadpool into the MCU arises, Marvel will be sure to grab it with both hands. The transition may be easier than people think. Among the many things the character is, Deadpool has always been adaptable.