Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds shared a picture of himself at Marvel Studios headquarters in Burbank, Calif. This has prompted speculation regarding whether or not the Merc With a Mouth could be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the near future.
Reynolds himself shared the photo in a post to Instagram. "Auditioned for the role of 'Anthony Stark,'" the actor wrote. "Didn't come even remotely close, but the nice man with the taser escorted me to the ground."
Since Disney acquired Fox over the summer, there has been plenty of speculation regarding what will happen with Deadpool and whether or not the R-rated film franchise will tie into the MCU. Although Reynold's recent visit to Marvel Studios doesn't confirm any rumors or fan speculations, it seems as though Deadpool's official MCU debut may be imminent. Commenters on social media are certainly hopeful this is the case.
Reynold's post follows a recent interview with Den of Geek, where the screenwriters for Deadpool and its sequel, Deadpool 2, opened up about the future of the character in the MCU. "We're just waiting for the word from on high" said Paul Wernick.
Deadpool's other screenwriter, Rhett Reese, followed up. "The promise is that there will be more Deadpool, he will live in the R-rated universe that we've created, and hopefully we'll be allowed to play a little bit in the MCU sandbox as well and incorporate him into that," he said. "We’ve just got to land on the right idea and once we do, I think we'll be off to the races... there will be another Deadpool and we just have to make it the right way."
Reynolds' most-recent appearance as Deadpool took place in last year's Deadpool 2. Directed by David Leitch, the film also starred starred Joker's Zazie Beetz as Domino and Avengers' Josh Brolin as Cable.