Marvel fans have a lot of cool stuff to look forward to in the next few months. Moon Knight hits the Disney+ streaming service on March 30th, and Doctor Strange will take us on a journey through the Multiverse of Madness in May. There’s also Ms. Marvel, Thor’s next outing in Love and Thunder, as well as the Black Panther sequel called Wakanda Forever. While fans are used to seeing their favorite heroes appearing across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the team-up no one predicted was Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk crossing over with Deadpool.
In a post on social media, Free Guy director Shawn Levy teased the surprising cross-over, much to the delight of fans. He shared an image of Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Reynolds on the set of The Adam Project, alongside stickers of their superhero alter egos. Check out the photo of Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Reynolds below:
While Levy could just be toying with the idea since Deadpool 3 has no real plot yet, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk could be a great way to bring the foul-mouthed mercenary into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Property rights for the popular anti-hero reverted back to the comic book giant when Disney acquired 21st Century Fox a few years ago. A third installment in the Ryan Reynolds-led franchise has been on the cards ever since.
Although the development process seemed to be taking forever, things are finally starting to take shape. According to Variety, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will write the script. The pair also worked on the first two Deadpool movies. Besides Reynolds (and a Mark Ruffalo tease) no other cast members have been confirmed for the third installment. The second film featured Morena Baccarin as Vanessa and T.J. Miller as Weasel. It also introduced Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino. So perhaps we will see some of these characters return.
Based on the X-Men comic book character created by Rob Liefeld, the Deadpool movies have each earned over $780 million worldwide. When Disney acquired Fox, fans were afraid that the studio would try to maintain its family-friendly image by cleaning up the character. But at the time, Disney’s chairman and CEO Bob Iger dismissed those concerns saying the company would continue to make R-rated Deadpool films and tell other adult-oriented Marvel stories. This could now include Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk.
Meanwhile, Hulk and Deadpool crossed paths on August 10, 2011. In a comic book called Deadpool/Amazing Spider-Man/Hulk: Identity Wars, all three heroes collide in an alternate universe. The story begins when Peter Parker causes an explosion at Horizon Labs which sends the trio into another dimension where the Amazing-Spider is the world’s most powerful and beloved hero, and Peter Parker is a billionaire playboy. Deadpool teams up with Deathwish in this alternate reality and the Hulk is in for a few surprises too. While nothing has been confirmed, this could be a cool premise for a Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie. We’ll have to wait and see if Hulk does end up appearing in the third film, or if Shawn Levy was just playing with the idea.