One of the most welcome, and unexpected, bits of news that came out of the Disney investors meeting last year, in which scores of new shows and projects were announced, was the news that the next Deadpool movie would officially see the merc with a mouth enter the MCU.
This is good news, even if the R-rated superhero doesn’t seem like a perfect fit for the family-friendly Marvel universe. We’re sure they’ll make it work, and we can’t wait to see how.
Unfortunately, if what Ryan Reynolds says is to be believed – and the jokester can not always be believed – the MCU’s gain may be our loss. Because according to the star, the pre-Marvel plans for Deadpool 3 were pretty awesome.
Yesterday, Reynolds shared a tweet to bring awareness for Canada’s annual Bell Let’s Talk campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental illness by making it acceptable and safe to discuss such issues. Within his tweet, he dropped a little nugget about the original plans for the third Deadpool flick.
It’s critical to have open, honest and healthy discussions around mental health. By retweeting #BellLetsTalk you can make a difference. In case that’s not enough, before Disney bought Fox, Deadpool 3 was gonna be a road trip between Deadpool and Logan. Rashomon style. For real.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 28, 2021
Reynolds claims that the plan was for Deadpool and fellow mutant Wolverine, played by Reynolds’ frequent online rival and co-star in the legendary misfire X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, would co-star with him. According to the tweet, the movie would have been a road trip with the two characters, in which their misadventures were chronicled Rashomon-style, which is a reference to the classic Japanese film Rashomon, in which a single event is shown from multiple perspectives, illuminating the fallibility of memory and the elusiveness of truth.
The nature of what actually occurred on this road trip would be colored by the two character’s own recollections and perspectives, which couldn’t be more different. Logan is quiet, dark, and tortured, always ready to explode, and Wade Wilson is motor-mouthed, foul-mouthed, and sarcastic, never taking anything too seriously. It sounds like the perfect set-up for a buddy comedy!
It’s a shame we’ll never get to see Deadpool 3: Midnight Run, because it sounds like it would have been a blast. But at least we still have Reynolds’ and Jackman’s social media antics to keep us entertained!