Ryan Reynolds has expressed his eagerness for Deadpool and the Avengers to crossover. Despite both being Marvel characters, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Merc with a Mouth (together with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four) continue to be separated on the big screen. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of their superhero team are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe overseen by Marvel Studios, while the rights for Deadpool and all the other mutants belong to Fox.
The recent partnership between Marvel and Sony Pictures Entertainment produced the latest Spidey film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, renewing the hopes that Fox could possibly also collaborate with Marvel down the line. Indeed, a lot of great comic book story material still has not been done on the big screen because they involve characters from the separate shared universe. This potential hasn’t passed Reynolds by as even he gets giddy on the thought of Deadpool having some interaction with the Avengers
In a new interview with Total Film, the actor has shared his thoughts on the possibility of his own superhero character hanging out with Marvel Studio’s elite superhero squad and the kind of conversations that they would have:
“That sounds like a great idea but a very expensive idea. Can you imagine the shit-talking contest with Iron Man? Oh, that would be great. But it would have to be rated R to completely unharness everybody. Unbridle the merriment and watch them go…”
That said, while the idea of Wade Wilson and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coming together is definitely every die-hard comic book fan’s dream come true, getting it to fruition will arguably be easier said than done. As pointed out by the actor himself, stylistically the franchises are significantly different; Deadpoolis raunchier and unfiltered as proven by their R-rating while the MCU aims to keep everything as kid-friendly as possible to cater to a broader audience.
Further, the logistics of a deal between Fox and Marvel would be tricky, costing more than even the inevitable mega-smash hit would gross; actors’ contracts and salaries would be massive. Given that Deadpool was a big hit thanks in part to a relatively small budget, that’s a pin in the idea.
Regardless of the hurdles, Reynolds continues to remain true to his superhero character and playfully take a shot the glaring separation. When Josh Brolin was first announced as Cable for Deadpool 2, he questioned its legitimacy and pointed out that he “can’t play 2 characters in the same universe.” Brolin, of course, is also playing a pivotal role in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel as the main bad guy – Mad Titan Thanos.