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Should Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool Continue Stan Lee’s Cameo Appearances In the MCU?

By Ishita Chatterjee
January 7,2022

Since Excelsior Stan Lee’s passing, the MCU has missed his cameos. Previously, Marvel fans used to look for his cameos in every movie. It became a beloved tradition in the MCU movies, and fans loved figuring out what new role he was going to play in the upcoming films.

His cameo tradition dates back way before the first MCU movie- 2008’s Iron Man. But sadly, Stan Lee’s cameos came to an end with Avengers: Endgame.

After that, no Marvel movie has featured him as a cameo. And many fans have agreed with that sentiment. After all, Stan Lee was one of the architects of the Marvel Universe in the comics.

So it was respectful to just not have any cameos of him, even through pictures in the background and such. However, cameos can begin again in the MCU with this unique character.

Why Should Deadpool Continue Stan Lee’s Cameo Tradition?

Deadpool 2 with Domino and Cable

Deadpool 2 with Domino and Cable

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool spent years in production limbo before some leaked footage back in 2014 convinced studios that audiences were indeed interested in seeing this movie.

Reynolds’ portrayal of the merc with a mouth, Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern (2011) made people think that he wasn’t made for the superhero world.

But Reynolds didn’t want to give up on Deadpool, and thankfully he persevered till the very end. 2016’s Deadpool, as well as its sequel in 2018, were huge blockbusters. As such, Deadpool 3 is now in development, and it will take place in the MCU.

We don’t know much about the third movie in the Deadpool trilogy. But if the previous two movies indicate, then we are all in for a wild ride. So now that Deadpool 3 has been confirmed to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he could replace the maestro himself and make cameos in future MCU projects.

At the end of Deadpool 2, our merc with a mouth gets Cable’s time-traveling machine and goes through various after-credit scenes that are just of him changing multiple things in the timeline.

Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

In one, he kills his Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and then there’s a scene of Reynolds holding the Green Lantern script. If Deadpool does this in the MCU, then it will be amazing and hilarious.

Wade made one-liners and quips that directly referenced the MCU all throughout both of the movies. He called out specific characters and moments in the MCU timeline.

Since Deadpool can break the 4th-wall and obviously loves doing it. So, this would justify him showing up in movies that aren’t his own. In fact, it will work similarly to Stan Lee’s cameos in various films.

Marvel Will Need A PG Deadpool Probably

Once Upon A Deadpool

Once Upon A Deadpool

Deadpool can easily be written to be PG-13 in these appearances. It has been done as well in the Once Upon A Deadpool edited cut. It was a holiday-esque, family-friendly version of Deadpool 2.

And even in it, there were references to the MCU and Disney. All of it was accompanied by higher counts of 4th wall-breaking. This was done between Wade Wilson’s Deadpool and prisoner Fred Savage, who reprised his role as that grandson from the movie, The Princess Bride.

Deadpool Can Connect The Multiverse

Deadpool can introduce various characters

Deadpool can introduce various characters

Right now, the MCU’s Phase 4 is going forward in full swing, and they are heavily invested in exploring their multiverse Due to this, many non-MCU characters right now are being given canon status.

Due to shows like Loki and WandaVision, as well as movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, these other characters are slowly showing up in the MCU. Know that they have always been part of other Marvel movies, but they are being canonized in the MCU just now.

As such, this is the right time for someone to become the MCU’s cameo guy again. It is a legacy that Lee has left behind, and it would be interesting to see it being carried forward.

Deadpool can start his tenure as the MCU’s cameo guy by showing up for cameos before Deadpool 3 gets released. Also, his 4th wall-breaking ability can be used to introduce himself to the MCU since he is originally from the Fox Marvel universe.

Stan Lee cameos should continue

Stan Lee cameos should continue

Not to mention the fact that he can even introduce characters who are from various franchises. This will help introduce other characters easily to the franchise. After all, who apart from Deadpool would know why a character belonging to another universe was suddenly there?

Deadpool doing a cameo in future MCU movies would reflect just how frequently he shows up in other characters’ comics in Marvel. He is connected to several characters through multiple multiverse continuities.

As such, this would allow for a more comic book accurate portrayal of the character. And the best way to do this is by making Deadpool show up for cameos in future MCU movies.

With Deadpool 3 in development, Wade Wilson is the perfect character to continue Stan Lee’s cameo tradition. Overall, because of his 4th-wall-breaking ability as well as his connection to several characters in the comics, he will be the right choice to fill the gaping cameo void left by the Excelsior.

However, there’s a possibility that Kevin Feige won’t start the cameo thing right now or even ever in the MCU. This is because Stan Lee’s legacy is special, and these cameos were a way of including him in the universe he helped create.

As such, it might feel disrespectful too many to give this position to a random character. But right now, we don’t know how, or if ever, Kevin Feige will restart cameos again. What do you think? Should Deadpool take over the cameo tradition? Let us know below.

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