Ryan Reynolds may have more of an appetite for playing superheroes than his immensely popular, and ongoing, role in the Deadpool movies can satisfy. The 44-year-old actor is reportedly looking to expand his career into yet another super-suit with a new, original concept produced by his Maximum Effort production brand that’s eyeing him in the starring role.
The rumor comes from We Got This Covered, which suggests that Ryan Reynolds is working with Paramount to develop a superhero story that will stand apart from the myriad of other superheroes out there in that it will not be based on a pre-existing, successful comic book.
While there’s no other information available to offer details as to exactly what the project would look like, it’s not outside the realm of possibility for Ryan Reynolds to agree to don a super-suit given that he’s done it before for Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern. In addition, he’s brought comic book characters to life in projects like Blade Trinity and R.I.P.D. However, all but one of those projects were met with nothing but scorn from fans, critics and newbies alike.
It would be an odd move for Ryan Reynolds to dip his toe into the superhero waters again, especially after winking at his own past failures at the end of Deadpool 2 with a post-credits scene that saw him shoot his ill-fated X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool several times and literally putting a bullet through his own head after reading the script for the fan-maligned Green Lantern.
Furthermore, Ryan Reynolds doesn’t exactly need to be taking the kind of risks that an untested, original superhero story would present. In addition to having many upcoming movies on his plate like Free Guy, Red Notice and Clue as well as hits like The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and 6 Underground at his back, his time as the red-suited Deadpool is far from over.
Following the purchase of 20th Century Fox, which previously housed the Merc with a Mouth, by Disney, Marvel Cinematic Universe boss Kevin Feige has made it clear that plans to include Ryan Reynolds’ adaptation of the character in the same universe as Spider-Man and The Avengers are already in motion.
Collider reports that Feige confirmed that Deadpool will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a project that would preserve his R-Rated antics that’s likely going to begin production in 2022. In fact, some rumors suggest that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool may introduce himself in the MCU as early as Spiderman: Homecoming.
Meanwhile, the purchase of 20th Century Fox not only allows for Deadpool to join the MCU, it makes the X-Men properties fair game as well. As devoted fans know, Ryan Reynolds has been on a crusade to see his version of Deadpool share the screen with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine for several years.
In January, he even teased the fact that an early story idea he had for Deadpool 3 prior to the Disney purchase would have seen the two characters on a kind of road trip plotline. While that may not pan out with Feige’s larger plans for X-Men and the MCU, there’s no reason to think Ryan Reynolds would abandon his quest to team up with Wolverine now that he’s potentially closer than ever to seeing it.
In short, while it’s not outside the realm of possibility for Reynolds to be eyeing another super suit, a partnership with Disney’s streaming rival, Paramount, invites more risk to the actor than his current career trajectory would likely justify taking. Especially given how successful Deadpool has been for him and the bright future the meta hero has. Still, one can’t rule out the notion that the actor would want to expand his super portfolio with an original idea.