Deadpool and Korg React

2021 American short film

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Deadpool and Korg React
Deadpool and Korg React.jpg
Directed byRyan Reynolds
Written by
Based on
Produced byRyan Reynolds
Starring
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Taika Waititi
Production
company
Distributed byYouTube
Release date
  • July 13, 2021 (2021-07-13)
Running time
4 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Deadpool and Korg React is a 2021 American superhero promotional short film featuring the Marvel Comics characters Deadpool and Korg. The film was directed by Ryan Reynolds from a script by Reynolds and Taika Waititi, with Reynolds and Waititi starring as Deadpool and Korg. In Deadpool and Korg React, Wade Wilson and Korg react to the trailer of Free Guy before discussing the possibility of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Reynolds reprises his role from the X-Men film series, while Waititi reprises his role from the MCU films Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.

Deadpool and Korg React was originally released to Reynolds' YouTube channel on July 13, 2021, as promotion for the film Free Guy, which also stars Reynolds and Waititi. Responses to the short praised it as a tease for Deadpool 3 and for showing the character's narrative potential in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Its humor was also highlighted by many critics.

Plot

After making a trailer reaction video for Cruella as part of a series called Deadpool's Maximum Reactions, Wade Wilson invites Korg to make a similar such video for the trailer for Free Guy, asking Korg of his opinion of Taika Waititi while commenting as to his own lack of resemblance to Ryan Reynolds' character in the film. Following the video, Wade asks Korg about his own chances of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), to which Korg responds by complimenting the possibilities and telling him to keep an eye out for an email from Marvel.

Cast

Ryan Reynolds reprises the role of Wade Wilson / Deadpool from the X-Men film series
Taika Waititi reprises the role of Korg from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Background

After the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company was announced in December 2017 and completed in March 2019, all X-Men films in development were canceled, including X-Force and Fox's version of Deadpool 3, with Marvel Studios taking control of the franchise.[2][3] Disney CEO Bob Iger said that Deadpool would be integrated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe under Disney,[4] and the character's films could remain R-rated "as long as we let the audiences know what's coming".[5] The Once Upon a Deadpool version of Deadpool 2 was being watched carefully by Disney and Marvel Studios to see whether it might inform how they could approach the character and integrate him into the PG-13 MCU.[6]

Free Guy had been in development at 20th Century Fox prior to its acquisition by Disney, and is one of the first Fox films to continue production under Disney ownership, as well as under the studio's new name 20th Century Studios.[7] Ryan Reynolds, who produced the film along with Shawn Levy, said "I haven't been this fully immersed and engaged in something since Deadpool."[7] The film was initially scheduled to be released July 3, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Deadpool and Korg React referencing the release delay.[8][9][10] It was then moved to December 11, 2020,[11][12] before being delayed again to May 21, 2021, and then being delayed once more to August 13, 2021.[13]

Reynolds first pitched a short film featuring Deadpool interrogating the hunter who killed Bambi's mother, from the 1942 film Bambi, and would have seen Deadpool trying to find out how to become a loathed character. After that pitch was denied by Disney, development on Deadpool and Korg React began.[14]

Release

Deadpool and Korg React was released to Ryan Reynolds' YouTube channel on July 13, 2021,[1] acquiring over 4 million views within 24 hours.[15]

Reception

Upon its release, Deadpool and Korg React received a positive response. Empire praised the dialogue and the chemistry between both characters.[16] Syfy Wire commented that seeing the two "fan-favorite" characters together for the first time was "incredibly cool", and speculated it could be a way to get fans used to the idea of Deadpool becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before an actual introduction,[17] while Nerdist considered it to be "a very unexpected way" for Deadpool to officially join the shared universe.[18] Other outlets expressed doubt over it being an official integration of the character to the universe.[16][19][20]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Reynolds, Ryan (July 13, 2021). Deadpool and Korg React (YouTube). Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  2. ^ Donnelly, Matt (December 27, 2019). "Ryan Reynolds Says 'Deadpool 3' Is in the Works at Marvel". Variety. Archived from the original on December 27, 2019. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Knight, Lewis (January 13, 2019). "X-Men and Fantastic Four films 'cancelled' at Fox after Disney acquisition". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  4. ^ White, Peter; Hayes, Dade (December 14, 2017). "Disney-Fox Deal: Bob Iger Discusses Digital Future, James Murdoch, Hulu and $2B Cost Savings". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Couch, Aaron (December 14, 2017). "'Deadpool' Can Stay R-Rated at Disney, Says Bob Iger". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Boucher, Geoff (November 5, 2018). "'Once Upon A Deadpool': Ryan Reynolds (and Fred Savage) On Franchise's PG-13 Plunge". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Romano, Nick; Aquilina, Tyler (October 3, 2019). "Ryan Reynolds turns videogame hero (or not) in first Free Guy footage and poster". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 4, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Welk, Brian (April 3, 2020). "'Black Widow' Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022". TheWrap. Archived from the original on April 3, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (December 7, 2019). "Fox Releases First Trailer For 'Free Guy'; Ryan Reynolds Refers To Unlikely Superhero Origin Story As Modern-Day 'Back To The Future' – CCXP". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (September 28, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy Team for Action Comedy 'Free Guy' Boy of Pandemic". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 4, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Bullard, Benjamin (April 5, 2020). "Ryan Reynolds reveals Free Guy December new release date". SyFy. Archived from the original on April 27, 2020. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  12. ^ Gemmill, Allie (October 4, 2020). "New 'Free Guy' Trailer Teaser Hypes Ryan Reynolds' Comedy That You'll (Probably) See in 2020". Collider. Archived from the original on October 7, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  13. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (March 23, 2021). "'Black Widow,' 'Cruella' to Debut on Disney Plus and in Theaters as Disney Shifts Dates for Seven Films". Variety. Archived from the original on March 23, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  14. ^ LeBlanc, Wesley (August 4, 2021). "Ryan Reynolds Reveals the Deadpool - Bambi Crossover Pitch He Made To Disney". IGN. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  15. ^ Mellon, Rory (July 14, 2021). "Deadpool just joined MCU in the best video you'll see all week". Tom's Guide. Archived from the original on July 14, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  16. ^ a b White, James (July 13, 2021). "Deadpool And Korg React To The Free Guy Trailer In Funny New Video". Empire. Archived from the original on July 13, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  17. ^ Weiss, Josh (July 13, 2021). "Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool finally [kinda] joins the MCU in 'Free Guy' reaction vid with Taika Waititi's Korg". Syfy Wire. Archived from the original on July 13, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  18. ^ Diaz, Eric (July 13, 2021). "Deadpool Makes His First MCU Appearance Alongside Korg... for Free Guy". Nerdist. Archived from the original on July 17, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  19. ^ Boccella, Maggie (July 13, 2021). "Deadpool Makes His Disney+ MCU Plea in This Wild, Korg-Featuring 'Free Guy' Trailer Reaction". Collider. Archived from the original on July 17, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  20. ^ Tapp, Tom (July 13, 2021). "Deadpool And Korg Watch Trailer For Ryan Reynolds-Taika Waititi Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 14, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2021.

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