Ryan Reynolds’s sweary, blood-letting ‘Marvel Jesus’ will need more than a miracle to rescue Disney’s biggest franchise from purgatory
Deadpool has never felt like a high-stakes sort of superhero, but in his latest mission the future of the universe may be at stake. Specifically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the 2010s blockbuster powerhouse which has been in steep decline since Covid.
Disney’s one-time crown jewel franchise now appears to be pinning its hopes on Ryan Reynolds’ lippy ninja, whose latest escapade, titled Deadpool & Wolverine, was trailed before the Super Bowl last night in a middlingly prestigious pre-game spot.
At first things look depressingly like multiversal business as usual, as Reynolds’ Wade Wilson is snatched from his own birthday party by the Time Variance Authority, or TVA, from the Disney+ show Loki. But then Matthew Macfadyen offers Wade a transfer from 20th Century Fox’s largely defunct X-Men timeline to the main MCU, Reynolds smirkingly describes himself as “Marvel Jesus”, and the broader agenda snaps into focus.
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