Meta-humour is a core element of Deadpool’s character DNA, and the MCU movies have carried over his unique brand of charm from the comics startlingly well. Just like how the Merc with a Mouth frequently breaks the fourth wall and acknowledges himself as a comic character, his silver screen counterpart has had his fair share of self-aware moments, including talking to the camera, and uh, going back in time in Deadpool 2 to murder Ryan Reynolds (yes, the very same one) before he could sign on for the Green Lantern gig.
In light of these absolutely chaotic portrayals, it’s only fair and right that Deadpool, by the way of Ryan Reynolds, has returned for a new meta-spot to promote the much-delayed action-comedy Free Guy, a movie where the actor plays a man who becomes a non-playable character (NPC) in a video game. The best part is that he’s not alone, for MCU fan favourite Korg, from Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, will be coming along for the ride.
The ad, which takes on the form of a YouTube reaction video, sees Deadpool making snarky, sarcastic comments about the Free Guy trailer together with the alien rock-man. In a way, this marks the mercenary’s first MCU outing, and he certainly didn’t pull any punches where meta-jokes are concerned – just take a look at his wonderful nod to Deadpool 2:
“I hope they don’t fridge her,” the mercenary quips, while explaining to Korg that fridging is “the process of killing off or hurting a female character in order to motivate or torture the main character, also known as Deadpool 2. Thank you for asking.”
There’s plenty of such humour to go around, such as Deadpool asking his companion on whether he has received a Disney+ show, and requesting advice about how to join the MCU in official capacity. But one of the best jokes is in the trailer itself: because Korg is played by Waititi, who also stars in Free Guy as its villain, Deadpool totally doesn’t mean it when he says Waititi in the movie “seems quite nice, actually”. A stroke of masterclass, this one is.
Directed by Shawn Levy, Free Guy was originally scheduled for a July 2020 release, but was repeatedly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie is now set to open on 13 August 2021, and will star Reynolds as Guy, an NPC who has to team up with outside player Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer) to save his home from complete destruction after being made aware of the simulated reality of his surroundings.
Quirky-sounding and seemingly good fun, Free Guy looks to become the fastball of joy that we all need, and it’s certainly off to a good start with this Deadpool-Korg crossover trailer. Well, of sorts.