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Can Deadpool Fit In With the MCU?

August 10, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Everyone is waiting, mostly patiently, for the X-Men and Fantastic Four to mix in with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it’s a matter of time, we know it’s coming and the real question is how they’ll do it.

When it comes to Deadpool, we have some other questions and are starting to get some hints that the answers might not be so clear right now.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige gave us plenty to chew on at his “Phase Four” panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. Former 20th Century Fox properties like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four have been officially added back to the Marvel roster and Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed it by saying that the popular Deadpool property would also be joining the MCU.

But will it be the R-rated version that we’ve known and loved or a watered down shadow that appears in the more family-friendly universe?

“When we were purchased, [Disney CEO] Bob [Iger] said to us, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’,” Feige said. “There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”

Variety‘s Brent Lang reported that Disney and Marvel Studios are debating the subject and might be trying to find a middle ground that doesn’t totally driver away fans of the Merc with a Mouth. Per Lang’s sources, “there are debates about whether Deadpool can move seamlessly between R-rated solo outings and PG-13 rated MCU movies.”

Looking at that as a solution, Deadpool 3 would remain in the same vein as those that came before but when he was included in other movies, that would be toned down quite a bit to better play with others.

It’s a solution that has some merit to it and I can’t see another way they could handle it without upsetting someone. They have more money to make with solo Deadpool adventures and word is another big name wants to get in on the action.

Yes, Dwayne “I like jumping into franchises to reinvigorate them in some way” Johnson is interested in appearing in a Deadpool movie.

Creator Rob Liefeld took to social media to broach the subject with Johnson about teaming with Ryan Reynolds in the franchise after Johnson and Reynolds filmed the Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.

Liefeld wrote: ”Dearest @therock based on reports of outstanding chemistry between you and a familiar friend, I believe the next logical step is for you to join the Marvel [Cinematic] Universe, as Garrison Kane in a future Deadpool installment. You’re a natural and Kane is already celebrated by millions of comics fans who have thrilled to his adventures since I first introduced him in X-Force #2! Your pal, Rob!”

Johnson agreed, sharing a link to Liefeld’s Instagram post on Twitter, and wrote: ”Dearest Rob, thank you amigo. It’s true, in @HobbsAndShaw, I have insanely outstanding chemistry with our familiar friend. Since you created the characters, how does one Garrison Kane get along with one [Deadpool]?”

So there you go. While I’m not super excited Johnson will be playing…Garrison Kane, it would be cool to see him in an over-the-top Deadpool adventure.

What do you think? Can Marvel get the best of both worlds when it comes to Deadpool?