Confirmed: Deadpool To Eradicate the Marvel Universe, Will Kill off Captain Marvel and Spider-Man

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A person in a red and black full-body suit, unmistakably reminiscent of Deadpool, wearing a mask with white eye patches and two swords strapped to their back, is pointing forward with their right hand. The background is light, suggesting an outdoor setting.

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Marvel has confirmed that the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, will kill the Marvel Universe this July.

Deadpool dressed in a black and red superhero costume stands outdoors, holding a gun in one hand and pointing forward with the other hand. The costume has a mask covering their face, and a sword is seen strapped to their back. The background is a rocky terrain.
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It’s Deadpool’s world, and everyone is just living in it–or, at least, that is how it feels.

This year, Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool, will officially return to the big screen alongside Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine.

The pair, known for their work in the Fox universe of X-Men movies, will make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut on July 26 in Shawn Levy’s Deadpool & Wolverine (2024).

Wolverine and Deadpool stand in the middle of a deserted street, dressed in their superhero costumes, with a damaged pharmacy and debris in the background.
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Deadpool & Wolverine has been a long time coming. In fact, work on a third Deadpool movie began years ago while the character was still under 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios). Dopinder actor Karan Soni confirmed the initial plan for Deadpool 3 was to have the eponymous anti-hero travel to the North Pole to save Christmas.

The trajectory of this beloved character would change completely when Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019, canceling all future Deadpool and X-Men projects.

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Even then, Deadpool 3 was not finalized until Hugh Jackman signed on, and thus, Deadpool 3 became Deadpool & Wolverinesomething director Shawn Levy wants audiences to be clear on. This is a firm two-hander.

The addition of Deadpool to the MCU comes with a history yet unexplored in Disney’s blockbuster franchise. The R-rating of both Tim Miller’s Deadpool (2016) and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 (2018) will carry over into Deadpool & Wolverine, despite the MCU being completely PG-13 since its inception in 2008 with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

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As seen in the footage released so far, including the first teaser that debuted at Super Bowl LVIII and the subsequent trailer, Disney is going all in on the R-rating, with Wade Wilson talking about pegging, dropping the f-bomb repeatedly, and showing gore-filled sequences.

With just two months to go, tickets are now on sale for Deadpool & Wolverine. Come July 26, the cat will truly be out of the bag when it comes to the reports of an MCU reboot and a “mind-blowing” post-credits scene.

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) in 'Deadpool 2'
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However, prior to Shawn Levy’s Marvel film’s release in late July, Marvel Comics is supporting the new movie by dropping 20 variant comic book covers based on the critically acclaimed “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” run.

The variant covers will drop from July 3, 2024, where Deadpool will be on the cover of issues including “Doctor Strange #17,” “Miles Morales: Spider-Man #22,” and “Venom #35.” Following that, multiple covers will be released weekly until July 31, which sees the Merc with a Mouth kill the likes of Captain Marvel and Spider-Man.

A vibrant comic book cover collage featuring three different scenes. The first shows Deadpool and Spider-Man battling; the second has Daredevil and Deadpool locked in a confrontational pose; the third depicts Captain Marvel and Deadpool clashing in an action-packed scene.
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“Paying tribute to one of the most popular Deadpool comic series of all time, the [“Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe”] variant covers depict Wade slicing, dicing, and unleashing his special brand of mayhem on his fellow Marvel characters,” Marvel wrote in the official press release. “Drawn by some of the industry’s top artists, each cover spotlights the insanity and lethality of the Merc with the Mouth and will adorn all of Marvel’s hottest issues throughout July.”

“Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” originally ran from 2011 through 2012 across four issues.

A heart made with Deadpool and Wolverine's hands
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It’s interesting to note that Marvel, in their own words, writes that Deadpool is taking over the Marvel Universe and is ready to tear one hero down at a time.

This lines up with recent reports that Deadpool in Deadpool & Wolverine will be killing Variants from across the Multiverse in the Battleworld-style area, as seen in the various teasers and trailers. One report suggests a new mechanic called “The Anchor” will be utilized in the film that sees entire universes destroyed after a Variant from that universe is slain.

Deadpool holding a small, suited creature, standing next to Wolverine, with a serious expression, in a gloomy urban setting from Deadpool 3.
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With Deadpool calling himself “Marvel Jesus” and Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Paradox–a new Time Variance Authority (TVA) agent–recruiting him to an unknown cause, the character is set to change the cinematic universe forever.

The “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” initiative, which is being used to support and promote the new film, seemingly confirms that slaughter is on the cards in this new R-rated entry in Kevin Feige’s MCU.

A close-up image of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and intense expression, wearing a yellow and black suit, seemingly viewed from a low angle in "Deadpool 3.
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Deadpool & Wolverine also welcomes multiple other Deadpool franchise characters to the Multiverse Saga, including Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Rob Delaney as Peter, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Lewis Tan as Shatterstar, and Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio.

Aaron Stanford (X2) and Jennifer Garner (Daredevil) also reprise their roles of John Allerdyce/Pyro and Elektra Natchios, respectively.

Elektra (R) kicking Matt Murdock (L)
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Newcomers include the aforementioned Macfadyen as Mr. Paradox and Emma Corrin as Cassandra Nova–a character known for her connection to Professor Charles Xavier, AKA Professor X. The iconic X-Men telepath, played by Patrick Stewart, was most recently seen in the live-action MCU in Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). It is unknown if he will make an appearance in this new Deadpool feature.

Additional rumors suggest that musician Taylor Swift, who is currently on the European leg of her Eras Tour, will appear as Dazzler, while Blake Lively could star as a Lady Deadpool Variant.

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