Ryan Reynolds Spills On Whether He’s In Doctor Strange 2

Ryan Reynolds sets the record straight after fans began speculating that his character, Deadpool, was cleverly hidden within the poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

By Tyler Pisapia | Published

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Ryan Reynolds is setting the record straight after fans began speculating that his character, Deadpool, was cleverly hidden within the poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel Studios and Disney are going all-in on the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sequel to the 2016’s Doctor Strange. After dropping a new trailer during the Super Bowl, a new poster was released for the film showing Benedict Cumberbatch’s hero surrounded by the shattered glass of other realities. Eagle-eyed fans were quick to comb the shards for easter eggs about who could be showing up in the movie and it didn’t take long for them to latch onto a very blurry image that somewhat resembles the Merc with a Mouth. 

However, speaking to Variety, Ryan Reynolds denied that Deadpool showed up on the poster, saying “I’m really not in the movie.” Fans obviously know at this point to take that kind of thing with a grain of salt. After all, Andrew Garfield straight-up lied about being in Spider-Man: No Way Home countless times while doing press for his Oscar-nominated turn in Tick, Tick… BOOM! 

No offense to him, but Ryan Reynolds seems like he’s a far better liar than Andrew Garfield, so even his further “promise” that he is not in the movie is likely not going to mean fans are sold on it. Still, at this point, people know that either Deadpool isn’t in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or that Marvel boss Kevin Feige is swearing his actors to secrecy. 

The inclusion of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie would of course be fantastic, but not altogether unexpected. It was confirmed by Kevin Feige back in January that the Disney and Fox merger brought Wade Wilson into the MCU along with the other X-Men. That said, explaining how the character will join the larger connected universe after starring in two movies that were connected to a completely different universe remains a quandary. 

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Perhaps a movie that hops around to multiple different realities may be just the place to introduce Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool to the Marvel Cinematic Universe before he stars in Deadpool 3? Unfortunately, if the character doesn’t show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it may be a long time before fans get to see the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen for a while. In announcing to Collider that Deadpool 3 will be a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, he also noted that it’ll be a long time before production begins. 

Then again, now that Marvel Studios is putting out back-to-back movies about the concept of the multiverse (the first season of Loki kind of counts, too) it wouldn’t be that hard to simply stick Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool into a future project somewhat unceremoniously. Unlike other characters in the franchise, Wade Wilson’s gimmick is that he’s very aware of the fact that he’s a character in an entertainment project.

There is no shortage of places Ryan Reynolds could pop up, cemented on the fact that he’s technically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now. But his full entry into the MCU might not even happen until Deadpool 3. Sadly, only Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Feige know the truth at this point. The rest of us will simply have to wait until Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters.