One of the great joys of reading about or watching Deadpool is the character's ability, at his best, to feel like he can break any storytelling rule and cross any multimedia barrier. He can punch through the fourth wall, he can alter the laws of fight physics, and if Ryan Reynolds has his way, he can even cross franchises.
Earlier this week Entertainment Weekly reported that Deadpool 2 director David Leitch -- whose other credits include Atomic Blonde and co-directing duties on John Wick -- will join the Fast & Furious franchise as the director of an upcoming spinoff film. That film, rumored to be titled Hobbs and Shaw, will follow Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as their respective fan-favorite characters (and enemies-turned-allies) Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw on an action adventure of their own. It'll be the ninth film in the hugely popular series, and given both the franchise track record and the talent attached, it's likely to be another blockbuster.
After the news of Leitch's hiring broke on Thursday, Reynolds -- who's both always happy to be in on a joke and always happy to cross-promote Deadpool -- chimed in on his director's move to another franchise after Leitch confirmed the news on Twitter.
Now, obviously the Deadpool and Furious franchises are at separate studios -- Deadpool at Fox (for now) and Fast & Furious at Universal -- so actually seeing Reynolds pop up in his Merc With a Mouth costume is rather unlikely. There is still the chance Leitch will sneak Reynolds himself in for a cameo, though, perhaps even in a Deadpool T-shirt if all the licensing works out. If that doesn't work, just feature Reynolds sitting behind a desk in a police station with a giant chimichanga spread out before him. We'll all know what it means.
Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters May 18. The untitled Hobbs and Shaw spinoff film is set to be released on July 26, 2019.