Bella Thorne is hoping to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside a particular red-suited antihero.
The MCU is already in far different shape since the Infinity Saga came to a close with Endgame. Disney+ has opened up a whole new world of smaller-scale stories in WandaVision and Hawkeye, to multiverse-breaking events in Loki.
Black Widow was technically the first step into the next phase, but Shang-Chi, Eternals and especially Spider-Man: No Way Home have shown fans that nothing is off the table going forward – perhaps even Thorne's inclusion, if she's lucky.
Thorne, 24, rose to fame as a young Disney star on Shake It Up, going on to forge a career as a director, model, singer and songwriter.
Back in 2016, Thorne expressed some interest in playing Deadpool. While it's unlikely she'll ever take over from Ryan Reynolds, she's frequently come up in fan-casting for a number of roles, including Jean Grey, Red Sonja and particularly Lady Deadpool, the hero's female counterpart from an alternate reality.
In a new interview with Comic Book Movie, she was asked if she still wanted her own role in a superhero movie. 'Yes, superheroes are definitely fun,' she said.
'I love action stuff, naturally, and I do a lot of action stuff with stunts and whatnot. It’s just always really fun on set and it breaks up the work day when you get to concentrate on the body and feel and how to perform not just using your voice.
'That’s always really fun for me. Deadpool is my favourite. It’s so raunchy and, hello, who doesn't love Ryan Reynolds? He just f***ing nails that role to the floor.
'What I love about Deadpool is that realism mixed with the, you know, superhero world. It’s something where we feel we can talk to this superhero now in today’s day while still having them be a superhero. I love that s**t. Like, The Boys? Love that TV show.'
Ever since Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Deadpool's status in the MCU has been a source of constant speculation. The X-Men's arrival makes sense, as does the Fantastic Four, but Deadpool doesn't exactly fit the House of Mouse's family-friendly brand.
Not only have we had constant assurances he'll remain R-rated wherever he ends up, but Free Guy and The Adam Project director Shawn Levy is set to direct the long-awaited threequel.
When Thorne was told a third film is going ahead, she said: 'Guys! I’m here. Where are you at?'
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