Deadpool joins Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in new fan art that makes a compelling case for a crossover. Thanks to the merger between Disney and Fox, Deadpool is now presumably poised to become part of the all-powerful MCU. Just how the edgy character of Wade Wilson will be handled under the Disney umbrella is anyone’s guess, but fans are dreading that after two R-rated Deadpool movies, the character will be rendered PG-13 to mesh with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, though the MCU generally tends toward the family-friendly side of things, there have been a few instances where a more raw approach has been allowed to creep in. The best example of a somewhat more adult MCU franchise is obviously Guardians of the Galaxy, the humorous sci-fi action series headed up by writer/director James Gunn. Though both Guardians movies were PG-13, they still featured plenty of fairly edgy humor and more than their share of Deadpool-style snark.
Could the comedic styles of Deadpool and the Guardians actually come together on screen one day? Fan artist Yadvender Singh Rana certainly sees the possibilities for a Deadpool/Guardians crossover and created a piece of art that imagines what would happen if the Merc With a Mouth indeed took off with Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and company for a cosmic adventure. See the art in the space below:
Of course, there’s already a little history of Guardians-related crossover activity in the MCU, after Thor teamed up with the characters to memorable effect in Avengers: Infinity War. After Thor’s effective teaming with the Guardians gang, fans are expecting more crossover action, with Thor possibly showing up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (a prospect Chris Pratt recently refused to address, adding fuel to rumors) and/or the Guardians making an appearance in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder.
Given Thor’s already hokey, larger-than-life nature, there’s something very natural about him teaming up with the humorous Guardians (and of course it doesn’t hurt that Chris Hemsworth is very good at comedy). Deadpool, on the other hand, may not seem like such a perfect character to mix into the Guardians world. Yes, both the Deadpool and Guardians franchises skew toward the humorous, but Deadpool is more about fourth-wall-breaking meta-humor while Guardians’ humor is less joke-based and more character-oriented.
Whether Deadpool and Guardians would make a good combination or not, as of now it seems rather unlikely that Disney would actually go down the route of crossing over the two properties. Truth be told, Deadpool feels like a character who should be kept separate from the rest of the MCU, given the very specific way he’s thus far been depicted on screen. But Disney, of course, isn’t very concerned about how characters were handled previously and are only worried about how they now fit in with their larger Marvel plans. That being the case, it seems inevitable that Deadpool will be folded into the MCU at some point, and that might be a sad day for hardcore Deadpool fans.