Ahead of this Sunday’s Golden Globes, nominee Ryan Reynolds has opened up about his fondness for his Deadpool character and how he’d love to set him up with a boyfriend in the forthcoming sequel.
Reynolds, who secured a Best Actor nod for his turn as the fast-talking Wade Wilson in this year’s much-acclaimed Deadpool, spoke to Variety about what’s next in store for the irreverent mercenary.
“The budget is not going to be phenomenally bigger,” the actor began. “[But] Who knows? Maybe the budget will be bigger — anything can happen.”
According to Reynolds, this anything might just include pairing Marvel’s first pansexual superhero up with a male romantic interest.
“What love is to Deadpool may not be what love is to Batman or someone else,” Reynolds explained. “I think that could be played up more. He’s an outsider in every way, shape, and form.”
“I would love to play Deadpool for as long as they would let me play Deadpool,” he continued. “We have outlines and stories for a number of different films.”
Over the past year, Marvel has launched a handful of LGBT comics, including the Roxanne Gay-written “World of Wakanda” series about a group of queer black women in the Black Panther universe and one centering on gay mutant Iceman.
With these positive strides, now might just be the perfect time for Marvel to stop being so subtle about Deadpool’s sexuality and let him be Hollywood’s first true LGBT superhero.