Fans have been waiting for years to see Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool make his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and now, he’s finally done it — sort of.
In a new video posted to his social media accounts, the Vancouver-born actor reprises his role as the wise-cracking Marvel mercenary to take part in a “reaction” video to the trailer of Disney’s upcoming Free Guy film. It’s the perfect meta scenario for a character like Deadpool, as Reynolds also stars in Free Guy as the self-aware titular everyman in a video game who must save his virtual world before its publisher shuts it down.
But it gets even more self-referential: Taika Waititi’s Korg — the friendly rock creature from the Waititi-directed MCU film Thor: Ragnarok — joins Deadpool on the “react” couch. Naturally, Waititi also co-stars in Free Guy as the villainous head of the publisher.
While not an official MCU title, it’s certainly amusing to see Reynolds’ Deadpool interact with a character from the franchise, especially one who’s played by his Free Guy — and Green Lantern — co-star. The two joke about Deadpool 2, Cruella, Disney+ and how one actually gets into the MCU.
It’s a particularly notable trailer since Reynolds’ Deadpool is the only character from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises who’s directly carrying over into the world of the Avengers. Marvel has confirmed that Reynolds will return in a third R-rated Deadpool film set in the MCU, although plot details are under wraps and it likely won’t begin filming until next year at the earliest.
In the meantime, Free Guy — directed by Montreal’s own Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) — is finally set to release in theatres on August 13th, 2021 after three COVID-19 related delays. It’s important to note, however, that the film is coming to Disney+ just 45 days after it opens in cinemas as part of a shortened theatrical run that Disney has worked out.
Later this year, Reynolds will also co-star in Netflix’s action-thriller Red Notice alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Gal Gadot. The film will premiere on the streaming service in November.