Well, fans of Deadpool. It may not be the debut you were hoping for but it’s here. Deadpool will be making his Disney+ debut this coming Friday (June 4, 2021), just not in Ryan Reynold’s solo movies.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine comes to Disney+ and along with it, a strange version of the Merc with a Mouth. We say strange because for someone who boasts the calling card of the Merc with a Mouth, this version of Deadpool is completely silent in the film, plus his mouth is sewn shut.
In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we see Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool for the first time. We also see Hugh Jackman return for the fourth time as Wolverine (10 times in total if you count all his cameos) and the movie is a mixture of great action with poor special effects and story. The story begins, as the title suggests, at the beginning. It tells of two young boys, James Howlett and his half-brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber), who in 1845 begin to realize they are not like any other boy. In fact, they are not like many.
When James sees the groundskeeper killing his father, he rushes to help. During the scuffle, bone claws shoot out from James’ knuckles, killing the groundskeeper, Thomas Logan. Right before he dies, it is revealed by the dying man that he is James’ real father.
The movie shifts, showing how James and Victor survive through the many years, fighting in both World Wars when they finally meet up with Major William Stryker (Danny Huston) during the Vietnam War. Victor’s propensity for violence, which continues to grow, has gotten him in a lot of trouble, and James trying to help his brother out got him in as much.
After surviving the firing squad, Stryker wants to add James and Victor to his elite crew, Team X, which includes men who have mutant abilities like James and Victor. They do and for a while, it works for James, who is now taking on his father’s name of Logan. But Logan sees how the group is lacking empathy for human life, so he walks away. Origins.
Bringing things to 1979, Logan finds himself as a logger in Canada where he lives a peaceful life with his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox. It’s quiet until Stryker arrives. He tells Logan that two members of the team have been killed (one being Ryan Reynold’s Wade Wilson) and Logan and the rest of the team are being targeted for death. Logan refuses to join. Then he finds his girlfriend dead in the woods and he knows who is responsible.
Logan finds Victor in the local bar where the two fight it out. Logan can’t beat Victor. After, Stryker informs Logan that Victor has gone rogue, but there is a procedure Logan can go through where he can become strong enough to take out Victor. The operation is painful but reinforces Logan’s skeleton with adamantium.
The hunt for Victor begins as Logan tracks down men who can help. The hunt leads Logan first to New Orleans, where there is another showdown with Victor, and finally Three Mile Island where secrets are finally shared.
Kayla is not dead but was being used by Stryker to bring Logan into the fold. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is not dead either. Stryker has turned him into Weapon XI aka Deadpool, one of the deadliest mutants as he has the powers of multiple mutants. The ultimate battle ensues between Logan, Victor, and Deadpool, and Three Mile Island doesn’t stand a chance.
Ryan Reynolds’s first appearance as Deadpool did not win over fans. The choices made to alter Deadpool did not sit well with Reynolds either, hence the redo with his Deadpool movies. Jackman even confessed to being unhappy with the movie in general.
Not only did Ryan Reynolds make up for the horrible introduction to Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he did it twice. His first Deadpool movie in 2016 was an instant hit. Reynolds portrayed the wise-cracking Wade Wilson in typical Ryan Reynolds form and turned it up a notch or two when he put on the Merc’s red suit. It was a match made in heaven, which simply begged for an encore.
Ryan Reynolds returned as the Merc with a Mouth in 2018 with Deadpool 2. Just as fun, just as mouthy, Reynolds again hit it out of the park. His snarky humor with playful nods to Jackman’s Wolverine continued to have fans longing for the day a true team-up comes to fruition. Unfortunately, Jackman has sworn off Wolverine for good. Right?
Ever since Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, question has surrounded the future of Deadpool. As Deadpool is most definitely R-rated fare, Disney seems reluctant to let Deadpool be Deadpool. Their wish is to gently neuter Deadpool, only wanting to push the boundaries so far. Ryan Reynolds has since been fighting the good fight and it appears, believe it or not, that Reynolds may just get his way.
Marvel President Kevin Feige assured fans that yes, Deadpool will be joining the MCU and that no, there will be no muzzle. He also said that sisters Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin are working hard on the script for Deadpool 3 and that Ryan Reynolds is overseeing the project.
“It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now… It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor,” Feige said via Collider. “We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.”
With as much action that the MCU is seeing right now, don’t expect Deadpool 3 to go in front of the cameras until 2022 which means a premiere date won’t be at least until 2023.
At least we know it’s happening and this Disney version of Deadpool will not be getting the X-Men Origins: Wolverine silent treatment. You can check out X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Disney+ on Friday to see the strange early version of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool.