Ever since Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Marvel fans have been curious about what this could mean not only for the X-Men but for Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. If a new rumor is to be believed, Deadpool might be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut alongside your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
According to a rumor by Geekosity, writer Mikey Sutton states that insider sources tell him that there could be a buddy movie starring Spider-Man and Deadpool. Sutton doesn’t say where he heard this rumor or who his sources are, so this might be news best taken with a huge grain of salt.
Sutton also doesn’t mention that this team-up between Spider-Man and Deadpool would necessarily be in Spider-Man 3, which is currently planned for release on December 17, 2021. But if we were to get news about Reynolds as Deadpool returning for Spider-Man 3, it seems that news would break in the near future. Already in recent weeks, it was announced that Jamie Foxx would be reprising his role as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While that rumor seemed unusual, considering that Foxx’s Electro comes from a different cinematic universe with a different Spider-Man, last week’s reveal that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Doctor Strange in Spider-Man 3 made it seem extremely likely that this next Spider-Man film will involve multiverses in some way.
20th Century Fox’s acquisition by Disney meant that characters from X-Men could theoretically be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, under 20th Century Fox, X-Men ended relatively weakly. 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix fizzled out with $252 million worldwide, only $65 million of which was made in the United States. On the other hand, Deadpool was one of the studio’s biggest moneymakers from the very beginning. 2016’s Deadpool is the third highest-grossing R-rated film worldwide, with $782 million, and the studio’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide. Not to be outdone, 2018’s Deadpool 2 barely squeaked by the original, making $785 million to make it the second highest-grossing R-rated film worldwide, and the ninth highest-grossing worldwide film for 20th Century Fox.
But the key problem to Deadpool’s inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that R-rating. Disney is notoriously family-friendly, and combining the wholesome Spider-Man with Deadpool might be a hard sell for the studio. While the Deadpool franchise has been a rated-R franchise playing around in the PG-13 X-Men franchise, it seems unlikely that Disney will allow Reynolds’ take on Deadpool to remain the way we’ve seen him in the past.
Reynolds has made it very clear that he wants to bring Deadpool to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while Spider-Man and Deadpool have teamed up many times in comics, making it a reality at Marvel has been a bit more difficult. After Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, a fan asked Reynolds on Twitter if that meant we would see a Spider-Man and Deadpool film, Reynolds replied, “You can. But you can only see it in my heart.”
But Reynolds has been more optimistic about the possibility in the last year or so, which could bode well for this news. In an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan (reported by Syfy), Reynolds said of the future of Deadpool, “Yeah, we’re working on it right now with the whole team.” Reynolds continued, “We’re over at Marvel now, which is the big leagues all the sudden. It’s kind of crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.” Also in an interview with Total Film (via MickeyBlog), Reynolds said of bringing Deadpool to Disney, “I don’t feel like an insider at all. I think once I’m more intimate with it – if we get to make a Deadpool 3…if or when we get to make a Deadpool 3, I’ll probably have a better perspective on that. But I’m a huge fan of Marvel, and how they make movies. So when Disney bought Fox, I only saw that as a good thing. Deadpool hopefully being allowed to play in that sandbox, I think is just a win for everyone involved. But we’ll certainly see.”
Reynolds will soon work with Disney with the release of Free Guy, which was made under 20th Century Studios, on December 11, 2020. Whether or not we will see Spider-Man and Deadpool team up in the future is yet to be seen, but Spider-Man is scheduled to return for his third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on December 17, 2021.