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Ryan Reynolds says he wants to see more gay Deadpool in future sequels starring the gun-toting anti-hero. At the recent Deadpool 2 panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the Canadian actor said he hopes to explore Deadpool‘s sexuality further.
“I certainly think that this universe needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways,” Reynolds explained. “The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do.”
Without getting into specific plot points, he added he’d like to see more diverse sexual identities portrayed in the blockbuster franchise. “It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe,” he added.
In 2015 Tim Miller, the director of the first Deadpool movie, confirmed the Merc with a Mouth was pansexual. “Pansexual. I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.”
But aside from one-liners, an odd exchange with Colossus, and naming his katanas after Bea Arthur, this side of Wade Wilson’s personality hasn’t really been explored. Actress Morena Baccarin played Vanessa Carlysle, the character’s love interest in the first two Deadpool movies. Reynolds revealed that several sex scenes were cut from the first movie, but they were all of the hetero variety.
There has been queer representation in the Deadpool universe, though: In Deadpool 2, we met Yukio, the girlfriend of Deadpool’s nihilistic sidekick, Teenage Negasonic Warhead. It marked a first for a mainstream superhero film.
In general, though, while DC shows like Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow have been packed with LGBT superheroes, Marvel has been slower on the uptake: Fans were outraged when queer representations were cut from both Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok.
Deadpool 2 comes to Amazon Video and iTunes on August 7, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release on August 21.
Given the kind of character he is—and what usually happens to his lovers—do we really want a gay Deadpool romance? Fire off a round in the comments section below.