Both Deadpool and Wolverine will join the MCU sooner than later so what should fans expect out of their rivalry
Navigating the creative corners of Marvel’s upcoming fourth phase in its cinematic universe is going to be quite a chore without proper continuity. But one huge benefit of exploring those corners is the exciting rivalries that are bound to unfold. Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness is set to be the entry point for a couple of new characters such as The X-Men, while the quantum realm could introduce the Fantastic Four. Between these new characters and the ones already blooming, we could be looking at a huge roaster of characters and storylines.
How Deadpool Will Enter MCU
One character who doesn’t need any introduction at this stage is Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth has already proved himself by evolving from one of the worst comic character introductions on the big screens to everyone’s favourite R-rated anti-villain. Ryan Reynolds first appeared as Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men: Origins and was so out of character, he even had his mouth sewn shut. A couple of years later, and the Merc was totally reinvented in his solo movie that became one of the highest-grossing movies that year.
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Plans to introduce Deadpool into the MCU have progressed steadily even though it’s hard to say exactly what role a self-aware character like Deadpool might play. As much as it would be interesting to have Deadpool in a scene with the Avengers, the Merc’s foul-mouth could pose a pretty visible problem to a certain category of fans. Disney has particularly strong family traditions and since most of Marvel’s movies going forward will be aired on the streaming service, Disney+, a character like Deadpool will have to be bleeped out a lot.
Another issue is the fact that Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and this level of self-awareness – which isn’t shared by other actors – could be difficult to integrate into a major storyline. It is highly unlikely they would decide to water down any aspects of his persona to fit the narrative, as this wouldn’t go down well with a lot of fans.
How Mutant’s Will Be Introduced in the MCU
The introduction of the X-Men is highly tipped to lead to the return – albeit for one last movie – of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (Deadpool already dubbed a mutant in MCU). If it does, then letting Wolverine and Deadpool have a go at each other will make for very good viewing for MCU fans.
Wolverine’s slow-aging ability means him and Deadpool could be the only characters that remain the same across the timelines in the multiverse. With inter galactic villains like Kang The Conqueror and The Beyonder being introduced, it is unclear if a Wolverine-Deadpool reunion would be friendly or hostile.
The Multiverse of Madness will give Marvel the opportunity to not just introduce various characters simultaneously, but to also explore other character arcs of already existing heroes. There is a higher chance of Robert Downey and Hugh Jackman making appearances in cameos or alternate timelines than in a current timeline plot.
Deadpool & Wolverine in The Multiverse
For Deadpool however, the possibilities are extensive. His fourth wall breaking ability could make him the perfect tool the MCU could use to ensure the audience stays on top of all the timelines set to unfold. There is also the fact that Deadpool isn’t exactly a hero. And in the comics, the Merc has, at different times, fought with several members of The Avengers, The Fantastic Four and The X-Men. Perhaps they might decide to set him on a killing spree – like in the comics – and use him to clean up a lot of characters that aren’t necessarily important. But we know that Deadpool is certainly not the Big Bad of Doctor Strange’s sequel so any role he plays would be more of a supporting role.
Spiderman 3 is another interesting point to introduce Deadpool, with Peter Parker also possessing the ability to jump across timelines. There have already been rumours that Tobey Mcguire and Andrew Garfield will be returning to play their own versions of Spider-Man in the Multiverse. If they manage to pull it off, then it is bound to be insane.
Although there is huge confidence in Marvel’s ability to put all their stars in one boat, doing it the right way to avoid messing up the continuity should be the primary focus. Rumour has it that Marvel Studios has really big plans for Reynold’s Deadpool character. In the coming phases, Marvel Studios is considering inking Reynolds down with a deal similar to the one RDJ had.
With the pandemic still slowing down production, Marvel Studios has had to keep shifting their movie release schedule. As at this point, the only show still slated for a release is WandaVision series which will air on Disney+ in January.
One thing we are certain about is that Deadpool will be showing up in the MCU sooner or later. What role he would play is something we can only speculate about for now. However, since there is going to be a Multiverse of Madness, Deadpool might just be the exploration anchor.