Deadpool 2 beat the MCU juggernaut (no pun intended) this weekend while aiming for the highest grossing R-Rated film of all time (Deadpool currently sits at #2).
Debut weekend for Deadpool 2 was great, no phenomenal. With $301m globally at the box office, there is no doubt that this movie is off to record shattering numbers and praise from critics and fans alike.
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) May 21, 2018
We can say for sure, without a doubt that this sequel is just as good, if not better than the prequel with all sorts of easter eggs, and clever jokes and tons of action, all while still maintaining a strong sense of identity without ever missing a step. The movie is fun, funny, and entirely badass. Let’s not even ignore the genius cameos. And boy, are there many.
While Deadpool 2 is certainly doing well for itself, it should be noted that the plethora of MCU references made in the sequel film do not place it within the MCU (much like how the DC references don’t put it in that universe). That being said, with the Disney acquisition of FOX Studios, any future X-Force and or Deadpool sequels will likely fall within the MCU, for countless reasons.
Recently, CEO and Chairman of Disney, Bob Iger said himself that he looks forward to working with the many successful franchises acquired during the buy, but that he is even particularly thrilled at seeing the likes of the Fantastic 4, X-Men and Deadpool specifically returning home where they belong with Marvel Studios. And there has been confirmation that once Deadpool does appear in the MCU, he will still be getting his own movies with the R rating, with Disney having no intention of stripping the Merc of his coveted traits of having a foul mouth.
“We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel cinematic universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool“ –Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger
Sure, it will take some clever finessing and writing to properly bring them all together under one roof within the same universe, but let us not forget that it has been said that Doctor Strange’s inclusion of the Avengers and MCU as a whole is largely in part due to the intentions of introducing the multi-verse. And what better way to do that than by having a bunch of Infinity Stones in the hands of random villains and heroes only to be likely misused and fracture the various universes and introduce them all within one plane of existence?
Yes, we are definitely thinking long-term here, but the end of the Avengers current plot to take down Thanos wraps up next year, and there are a lot of popular Marvel characters that have yet to join the MCU on the big screen, and while nothing is set in stone just yet, it is overwhelmingly obvious what Disney and Marvel Studios plan on doing once all the business stuff gets wrapped up and all those new properties are available to join up with the most successful superhero franchises in history.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters now. Purchase tickets today right here.