Following Deadpool’s crossover with Korg to promote Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds admits that the character is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a video to promote his and Waititi’s sci-fi adventure Free Guy, Reynolds reprised his role as the Merc With a Mouth alongside Taika Waititi as the MCU’s Korg. In the blurb accompanying the advertisement on his Instagram account, the actor acknowledged that Deadpool is a part of the MCU, saying, “He’s starting with reaction videos, then some social influencer work, onto Parks appearances, all leading up to some after-credit work by 2030.”

Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film and television assets in 2019, Marvel Studios and Disney secured the cinematic rights to Deadpool and other X-Men characters. While Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige have yet to confirm when Wolverine and other mutants will be formally welcomed into the MCU, he did reveal that Deadpool 3 is currently in production and will be released in early 2021. Furthermore, like Fox’s Deadpool standalone flicks, the sequel will be R-rated, a first for MCU films.

For the time being, it’s unknown how Deadpool 3 will pick up where Deadpool 2 left off. Fox had planned to follow that feature with an X-Force spinoff before releasing another Wade Wilson solo adventure, with Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz reprising their roles as Cable and Domino from Deadpool 2. Reynolds claims that the early version of Deadpool 3 was a road trip movie starring Deadpool and Wolverine, following the Disney/Fox acquisition.

Marvel Studios now has a full slate of films scheduled to release until the first half of 2023. Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the Guardians of the Galaxy will all have sequels, as well as solo films for MCU newcomers Shang-Chi and the Eternals. The Fantastic Four and Blade reboots for the MCU, as well as Deadpool 3, are also on the way, according to the studio.

Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin of Bob’s Burgers are writing the script for Deadpool 3, however, the film has yet to find a director. Reynolds, meantime, will return to the big screen on Aug. 13 when Free Guy premieres exclusively in theatres. In the Netflix action/comedy Red Notice, he will star with Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot this fall.

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