The Merc with the Mouth might be making a bigger debut in the MCU than expected.
The third installment in the Deadpool series has been in development for some time. The series that originated with the formerly 20th Century Fox is now with the House of Mouse. The films were also originally part of the long-lasting X-Men franchise, with the series now transitioning into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU. Fans have speculated over what this film is about, especially with the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. With all the reports and rumors of certain actors coming back and the recent leak of set photos, it seems Marvel might be adapting one of Deadpool’s most famous comic runs, Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe (2011), but with the Fox Marvel films.
Background on the Comic
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe is a four-part series that takes place outside the main Marvel continuity. It follows Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, who, as the title suggests, sets out to kill every character in the Marvel Universe. Although the series is not the most well-received among fans, it was successful enough to get a sequel, Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again (2017), and a sort of spin-off featuring Squirrel Girl, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe (2016). To this day, it remains one of the character’s most infamous runs and one of the most famous Marvel comics in recent years.
The film is set to feature characters from previous Fox properties
Aside from Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman reprising their roles as Deadpool and Wolverine from the Fox movies, respectively, much of Deadpool’s supporting cast is also returning, including Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hilderbrand). The Hollywood Reporter revealed Jennifer Garner is set to reprise her role as Elektra Natchios after previously playing the role in the films Daredevil (2003) and her own movie Elektra (2005), both of which were distributed by Fox. Channing Tatum is even rumored to play Gambit, having originally planned to play the character in a canceled solo film.
Patrick Stewart, who played Professor X in the X-Men films, has also expressed interest in joining the film, and with him already popping up in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (2022), it is certainly in the realm of possibility. Of course, Multiverse of Madness was also a subject of wide speculation of whether Marvel would get former actors to return, with the film barely accomplishing that wish, so there is a chance Deadpool 3 (2024) could do something similar. Especially since much of the casting speculation is just that, speculation. However, Deadpool 3 has something Marvel didn’t have before: Ryan Reynolds.
Ryan Reynolds has the power to make it happen if he choses too
With Reynolds also being a producer of the project, needless to say, the actor has some leverage. This has already been proven with him being the one to get Jackman to come back after previously retiring from the Wolverine character back in 2017 and hand-picking the director, Shawn Levy. He’s pretty much carried this series from the beginning, with the original Deadpool film being stuck in development hell before finally being released in 2016. Not to mention, Reynolds has many connections in the industry, so getting actors to come back, even for a quick cameo, would be a walk in the park for him. He got Brad Pitt to show up for a second in Deadpool 2 (2018) and some of the X-Men cast to briefly appear, including Evan Peters as Quicksilver and James McAvoy as young Professor X. Reynolds cares about the character and would do anything to get the film made how he wants to.
The film is already expected to have meta references to the Fox era of Marvel
The Deadpool comics are known for their fourth-wall-breaking humor, and the movies are no exception. Deadpool 3 is set to continue this trend with set photos revealing Wolverine and Deadpool fighting at the ruins of the 20th Century Fox Logo. Clearly, this movie will reference the Fox movies in some capacity, so it would be on brand for the series to have further references by getting characters from those films to return played by their original actors. It could once again be a way to poke fun at some of the more goofier aspects of those movies, particularly the decisions Fox made since Reynolds loved taking shots at them, but also serve as closure for the Fox movies, similar to how Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) provided closure to the previous Spider-Man movies.
Ultimately, there is no official confirmation that Marvel is doing this. Much of this is speculation based on rumors or unconfirmed reports. What is known for sure is that this will feature Deadpool from the Fox movies coming into the MCU and will be accompanied by Wolverine along with some of his supporting characters. Whether any of this is true or not, Deadpool is probably going to make a meta-joke about it.
Both Deadpool movies, along with the X-Men movies, are available for streaming on Disney+.
Deadpool 2 (2018) 20th Century Studios