|Deadpool and Korg React|
|Directed by||Ryan Reynolds|
|Produced by||Ryan Reynolds|
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.
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.
- Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool: A wisecracking mercenary with accelerated healing but severe scarring over his body after undergoing an experimental regenerative mutation.
- Taika Waititi as Korg: A Kronan gladiator who befriended Thor, who was forced to participate in the Contest of Champions on the planet Sakaar.
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. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that Deadpool would be integrated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe under Disney, and the character's films could remain R-rated "as long as we let the audiences know what's coming". 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.
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. Ryan Reynolds, who produced the film along with Shawn Levy, said "I haven't been this fully immersed and engaged in something since Deadpool." 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. It was then moved to December 11, 2020, before being delayed again to May 21, 2021, and then being delayed once more to August 13, 2021.
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.
Upon its release, Deadpool and Korg React received a positive response. Empire praised the dialogue and the chemistry between both characters. 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, while Nerdist considered it to be "a very unexpected way" for Deadpool to officially join the shared universe. Other outlets expressed doubt over it being an official integration of the character to the universe.
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