At midnight, the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by the Walt Disney Company took effect and they added a brand new main page image to the company’s website. That incorporates many of their new toys from Fox, including The Simpsons and Avatar. One interesting property among the Fox IP added is Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool.

This seems like more or less official confirmation that Deadpool is carrying over to the MCU and very likely that Ryan Reynolds will keep playing (all subject to change if Ryan and Disney can’t reach a deal for a new film contract).

Not exactly unexpected, Disney’s Bob Iger has previously stated he’s interested in continuing the franchise with more Deadpool “sequels” and has been hinting they would likely stay as mature releases (Alan Horn suggesting that 20th Century Fox could release more mature PG-13 and R-rated films for the company). It remains to be seen if Marvel Studios/Disney ends up creating a new mature arm of Marvel at Fox, Marvel Knights or Marvel Max sounds like it could happen.

Ryan also posted this on his Instagram account.

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Feels like the first day of ‘Pool.

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TheHollywoodReporter iterating what we’ve already known for a long time. That the main X-Men team is likely getting a hard reboot from Marvel Studios (I wouldn’t be dead certain on other Deadpool characters being recast at the moment), with all new incarnations of the comic book characters (possibly more accurate) and new actors filling the roles chosen by Kevin Feige and his producing team at Marvel Studios.

Reynolds’ Deadpool is expected to be the only iteration of the X-Men to make the jump to Disney, with Disney CEO Bob Iger having confirmed multiple times that a popular, R-rated version of the character could exist at the studio.

It also sounds like Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg may get executive producer credits on future films, but their role in the franchise seems more mirky and less likely.

Lauren Shuler Donner, who championed the 2000 film and has been a producer on all Fox’s mutant-centric movies, is said to have a deal that calls for her to receive an executive producer credit on any X-Men movie whether or not she is actively involved. Kinberg may have a similar deal.

Feige seemingly has been speaking with Adam McKay about Silver Surfer and Noah Hawley about Doctor Doom, I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if he’s also been talking with X-Force writer-director Drew Goddard along with Deadpool 3 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It might be a while before we see the main roster X-Men get their own movie, but those two Deadpool movies could get up and running very soon.


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