Ryan Reynolds had a languid debut as a Marvel character on the big screen for X-Men Origins: Wolverine of 2009, however it was vindicated with Deadpool, the 2016 solo film and its 2018 sequel both became box office hits. But after Disney bought Fox, the character’s future remained uncertain. Reynolds himself pointed out the lack of Deadpool in the lineup of the Phase 4 from Marvel Studios. Fans expected him to show up eventually, but not like this.
‘Loki’ set the stage for Deadpool’s possible entry
Since Marvel sold the rights to the characters of X-Men mutants, and by extension Deadpool, have existed in their “own movie universe.” Therefore, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has never recognized mutants at all, which leaves many fans wondering how these characters would be reintroduced.
However, Marvel has just taken a big step towards incorporating the X-Men characters, and other earlier versions of Marvel heroes, into the MCU. The end of the season 1 of Loki concludes with the creation of the Marvel multiverse. Fans have known for a while that this concept was on the horizon in Phase 4, thanks to the announced Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Now that it’s official, Deadpool is ready to go home.
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How then did Ryan Reynols get to the MCU?
It’s long been more of a question of when Reynolds’ Deadpool would make his MCU debut. Some fans assumed it could happen in the sequel to Doctor Strange or maybe in a post-credits advance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. And while Deadpool has yet to appear in MCU canon, a new promo video for a very different Disney-owned movie is certainly building on that, and it was thanks to Loki.
In a viral video Reynolds released the day before the end of Loki, Deadpool sits with Thor: Ragnarok, the featured Korg (with the voice of Taika Waititi) to react to the trailer of Free Guy, The upcoming sci-fi comedy stars Reynolds as a non-playable video game character who realizes his true existence. Waititi plays the game publisher desperate to restore order. The two also appeared together in Green Lantern.
Free Guy, which was delayed from a release due to the pandemic, was originally a Fox film. But its acquisition by Disney feels like the perfect opportunity to turn Deadpool in the MCU.
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¿Ryan Reynolds protagonizará ‘Deadpool 3’?
Speaking of Deadpool 3, this latest viral video seems like one more indication that Deadpool’s arrival in the MCU is imminent. Aside from the end of Loki, this Free Guy promo seems designed to prompt fans to endorse some kind of official announcement about Deadpool 3 .
At this point, there are no concrete details on when Reynolds could officially appear in the MCU. But everything is connected not only within the MCU but also in the marketing of the studio.