Ryan Reynolds wants R-rated Deadpool-Avengers crossover

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Aug 21, 2017

The star and producer of the upcoming Deadpool 2 would love to mix it up with the Avengers in a crossover movie. But there's just one catch.

In a newly published interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie), Ryan Reynolds was asked if he would like to one day see the Merc With a Mouth go toe to toe with the Avengers. His response was quick and enthusiastic:

"That sounds like a great idea but a very expensive idea. Can you imagine the s**t-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 ..."

We have no doubt that the sparks would fly and the tension would be thick between Wade Wilson and Tony Stark (not to mention Wilson and Steve Rogers, Wilson and Bruce Banner, Wilson and Natasha Romanoff, etc., etc.), but there are a lot of negotiations that would have to happen before we could even hope to see that.

First of all, Fox (which owns Deadpool) and Marvel/Disney would have to come to some sort of universe-sharing agreement, the same way that Sony and Marvel agreed to collaborate on Spider-Man. While there has been a slight unthawing of the long-running Fox/Marvel cold war — like letting Deadpool go back to Marvel, or trading the rights to Negasonic Teenage Warhead for the rights to Ego the Living Planet — those have been relatively minor deals when compared to anything having to do with Deadpool, other major X-Men characters or the Fantastic Four (all of which Fox owns).

But let's say a deal did go through and a movie was developed that would find Deadpool mixing it up with the Avengers. That whole R-rating thing would be a hindrance, since Marvel Studios has been resolute about releasing PG-13 films to date. The raunchier, bloodier tone of Deadpool's world would clash rather jarringly with the somewhat more family-friendly confines of the MCU.

So chalk that up to wishful thinking on Reynolds' part, but in the meantime it's far more likely that he will share the screen with the X-Men at some point, if only because they're both under the same corporate umbrella.

On a more sober note, shooting is back underway on Deadpool 2, following the tragic accidental death of stuntwoman Joi Harris last week. Deadpool 2 is scheduled to arrive on June 1, 2018.