Deadpool is one of the most popular characters ever brought into Marvel canon. And now that the Merc with a Mouth is part of something bigger, the actor who portrays him, Ryan Reynolds, wants more say in where the character goes, how he gets there, and why he is going.
Gossip writer Daniel Richtman brings word that Ryan Reynolds wants to take the reins on the Deadpool franchise. More specifically, he wants to control Deadpool’s direction in movies where he is not the main focus. He also reportedly has no intention of leaving the character or the franchise behind anytime soon. He wants veto power and is probably fighting pretty hard for it.
This is merely a rumor at this point but given how much Reynolds enjoys the role, it is certainly possible. It is also worth mentioning that Richtman’s scoops have proven accurate in the past. So honestly, anything could happen.
With Deadpool now officially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it may be even more difficult for Ryan Reynolds to get that creative autonomy he reportedly wants. Marvel Studios is a well-run, well-plotted beast that has benefitted greatly from its creative architect’s confident delegating. Kevin Feige did, after all, make an entire universe around a B-list character played by an A-list actor. He even made a talking raccoon not lame. So regardless of what Reynolds wants, it may be too much.
Of course, Marvel has absolutely hired collaborative directors before, so maybe Kevin Feige and his team of executives are more receptive to mid-process changes and feedback than I’m giving them credit for. Hopefully, if he does give Ryan Reynolds control over Deadpool, we will get an even better product.
Could Ryan Reynolds’s demands be similar to Jon Favreau’s resistance to LucasFilm’s interference with The Mandalorian? It is tough to tell at this point, but there does seem to be a key difference. Reynolds appears to have a much less contentious relationship with Marvel, which may allow for some inspired collaboration.
Still, while this is an exciting possibility, it is unclear when we will see Ryan Reynolds show up as Deadpool/Wade Wilson again. Maybe he will show up in a smaller capacity in one of Marvel’s many Disney+ shows. Probably not The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or Loki. Or maybe it will just a be cameo in another Marvel Cinematic Universe movie? Regardless of where and when he ends up popping in, it will be great to see him return to one of his most entertaining roles. Here’s to hoping it happens sooner rather than later.
So, if you are itching to see Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 3 but can’t wait a year or two for it to hit theaters, you can check him out in Free Guy, which, after a COVID-prompted delay, is now set for release on August 13, 2021. You can also catch him in a number of other roles, including: Detective Pikachu, Green Lantern, Blade: Trinity, Just Friends, Smokin’ Aces, and countless other films big and small, good and bad, memorable and forgettable.