THE SUPER BOWL was chock-full of popular media twists and turns. While no new trailers for forthcoming films like Black Adam or Obi-Wan Kenobi were shown, we did get a teaser video for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before the game even began. Along with the action-packed video, a new poster featuring Stephen Strange encircled by the shattered glass was released. Followers discovered plot hints in these shards, including a probable Captain Carter appearance and even a fragment that seems to be Deadpool’s mask. Will Deadpool make an appearance? Ryan Reynolds says no, but for Marvel fans, it really doesn’t mean much.
At a preview of his new Netflix film The Adam Project, Reynolds informed Variety that he isn’t in the Marvel sequel, stating, “I’m really not in the movie.” Normally, this would be sufficient to put an end to any and all speculations regarding an appearance, but not in this instance. Andrew Garfield campaigned The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Tick Tick…Boom! in the months leading up to the release of fellow MCU movie Spider-Man: No Way Home, and was often asked if he’d feature in Spider-Man: No Way Home. He flatly denied it each time.
Then the movie came out, revealing that Garfield had been faking through his teeth all along. So it’s no surprise that Reynolds’ denial isn’t being taken seriously. When it was suggested that he was misleading, Reynolds said, “I’m promising, I’m not in the movie.” Is this where the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands right now? Is it necessary to presume that all performers are contractually compelled to lie to the point where denial has no meaning? Or has Marvel’s denial tactic lost its enchantment, allowing performers to be more forthright in the future?
If anything can be gathered from this meeting, it’s that Ryan Reynolds will not appear in Multiverse of Madness. Instead, it demonstrates that there is no longer any trust between Marvel stars and followers. Anyone could reject a cameo absolutely up until we see them on screen if Andrew Garfield could pretend for months about No Way Home. It will be tough to regain that faith. Hopefully, Ryan Reynolds (and the numerous other actors who will be questioned about this film) will follow the example of being evasive but not deceitful. We believe we can trust him based on that playbook.