A key component of the growing Deadpool franchise is poking other superhero movies in the eye. But, according to Deadpool and (along with Ryan Reynolds) Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, any and all poking comes from a place of love. Bring up the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the place where the Avengers hang out, which is not the same world as the one Deadpool resides in), and they have nothing but nice things to say — in fact, they might want in on the action.
“We would love to do it,” Wernick tells Vulture when asked whether they’d ever write an MCU picture. “You look at Thor: Ragnarok. Thor: Ragnarok was brilliant, and funny, and heartfelt, and had all those things that we love to do. Iron Man — there’s some wonderful characters out there that we adore that we would love to write. Absolutely.”
It’s a sentiment that permeates a conversation with Reese and Wernick. Though Deadpool’s irreverence for anything and everything is a bedrock element of his personality, the writing duo are passionate fanboys, doing more than their due diligence in researching the comic-book source material from which they draw, then figuring out how they can build on the mythology rather than taking the lazy routes of either carbon copying it or making fun of it.
“Our take on the comics, when we read them — and we’ve read all of them, and read them pretty thoroughly — is that we try and get a tone and a feel for the character, and then we put down the comics, and, in our minds, go, Okay, what’s the story we want to tell?” says Wernick. “This particular Deadpool 2 story is not a story from the comics. It’s an amalgamation of a bunch of different stories that have appeared in various runs through the comics, but this group of characters, I don’t think you’ve ever seen interact in a Deadpool comic, or an X-Men comic, or an X-Force comic. We use…