When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was created, Marvel didn’t own the film rights to several of its characters. In so saying there were other studios that owned significant heroes and brands. The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and even the pop-cultural phenomenon Deadpool were exclusively owned by 20th Century Fox. That is until Fox was acquired by Disney and all of the aforementioned brands were included in the MCU. A new cast of characters was added to Marvel’s roster as a result of the merger with Fox.
Deadpool’s debut in the MCU has been eagerly anticipated by fans. And by the looks of it, he may have made his first appearance in Marvel’s What If…? episode 5. This renowned superhero is portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the Fox films Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Rumour has it, Reynolds will now appear under Disney’s Marvel label when Deadpool 3 is released. Still, a ways off, Deadpool 3 has yet to begin production. Nonetheless, there is evidence on how the character may have sneaked into the MCU within two instances. The first is in “What if…Zombies?”
Upon Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019, Marvel fans instantly wondered how Deadpool will find a way to join the MCU. When it came to Disney’s MCU, the R-rated Deadpool and Deadpool 2 were a major source of worry. However, producer Kevin Feige himself confirmed that Deadpool 3 will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
No one is sure when Reynolds will bring his live-action Wade Wilson to the MCU. But the inevitable could’ve already been there. As seen in ‘What If…?’ episode 5, the unidentified zombie is seen wearing red. It also seems to be carrying what appear to be two swords on or in its back in a random shot. This investigates a scenario in which a zombie virus takes over the Earth and its greatest heroes.
In all fairness, there are a few characteristics about the zombie in question that is quite un-Deadpool. For instance, his overabundance of hair. Because of this, it appears that the blades are protruding from his body, rather than being attached to his back like they usually would be. In any case, it’s possible that the Deadpool-like zombie is a deliberate Easter egg, This could be meant to remind fans of his forthcoming live-action MCU premiere.
When Deadpool eventually appears in the MCU in his full form, it will be intriguing to see what happens. The Netflix Marvel series Daredevil and Jessica Jones, which were formerly believed to be canon in the MCU were extremely vicious and dark. However, Deadpool 3 will be the franchise’s first R-rated film. The multiverse has taken center stage in Phase 4, which might be the ideal explanation for how Wade Wilson ends up in the MCU series. Other X-Men characters from the Fox X-Men universe might appear in Deadpool 3. Possibly. Audiences will have to settle for the ‘What If… zombie?!’s cameo, which might or could not be the Merc with a Mouth.
Not too long ago, Deadpool communicated with a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, not in the way fans would have anticipated. Back in July 2021, Deadpool and Korg mimic each other’s reactions to Ryan Reynold’s new film’s teaser in a new promotional video.
There is no doubt that Ryan Reynolds is as eager to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And for obvious reasons would want nothing more. It was impressive that the two were permitted to do this in the first place. It provides a delightful look into a relationship that may be explored in the future. At the first look, it seemed a bit similar to an old Super Bowl ad where Ant-Man interacted with the Hulk before he appeared in any of the movies.
Many fans are undoubtedly wondering how it will all play out. Is it possible that his first two films will be considered canon? How many cast members will he bring? But only time shall tell. Ryan Reynolds’ turn in the MCU can’t come fast enough, to put it bluntly.