Disney and Fox changed the movie world with their recent deal, as now the X-Men and Fantastic Four can join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, one character will be a bit harder to bring into the MCU.
Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox last month shook up the landscape of the film industry and has left us with a lot of questions about how Marvel Studios might be planning on integrating Fox’s superheroes into the MCU. Since the X-Men franchise has been chugging along for 18 years now, integrating this current core of mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be pretty jarring.
However, if the studio doesn’t want to reboot the whole thing, they can always use some kind of comic book nonsense to explain the integration. Doctor Strange could open a portal to a parallel universe or something along those lines. In a universe that features talking raccoons and sorcerers, this isn’t really a stretch.
While bringing in the X-Men would require the filmmakers to work a bit of an explanation into the story, there is one Fox-owned Marvel character that would be able to explain it himself: Deadpool. This would be a bit of a gamble since while the first Deadpool film was a big hit, its R-rating kept a lot of the younger kids who tend to watch Marvel movies away.
However, Marvel Studios might not be willing to fully embrace the absurdity of Deadpool in films that feature their more conventional characters. Introducing a fourth-wall-breaking, ultra-violent antihero isn’t exactly in keeping with the MCU formula. While I think the prospect of seeing Deadpool riff off of characters like Thor and Captain America is too good to pass up, having a character this crazy cross paths with the Avengers might be a bit too weird for the average moviegoer.
This leads me to a possible compromise. One way to avoid the risk of alienating Avengers fans who aren’t crazy about Deadpool would be to have some Avengers cameo in Deadpool movies, not the other way around. This would still let us see Wade Wilson make fun of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes without completely changing the tone of the Avengers movies. As far as the continuity goes, the Deadpool movies could be presented as stand-alone films, and I’m sure Kevin Feige could figure out a way to do this.
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