Stephen Colbert had a surprise guest this week on his The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: the Merc with the Mouth himself, Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds. Taking over Colbert’s monologue, Deadpool at first mockingly mistook him for fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon before advising the comedian to never invite Ryan Reynolds for an interview, saying, “I’ll tell you who should not be on your show: Ryan Reynolds…He’s like a poor man’s version of Ryan Reynolds.” Deadpool then joked about President Donald Trump and his son Eric, much to the audience’s laughter. Before going to a commercial break, Deadpool faded away, supposedly killed by Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos.
Reynolds’ appearance in character as Deadpool marks another incidence of the longstanding association of Colbert with Marvel Entertainment. Following the Death of Captain America story arc in 2007, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada gave Colbert the duty of protecting Steve Rogers’ star-spangled shield, calling him “the most patriotic man in America.” During the 2008 election, Colbert ran for President of the United States in the Marvel Universe. Featured in the background of many issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Colbert was shown to win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College to Barack Obama.
The unusual way that Reynolds appeared on The Late Show is part of the unique marketing campaign that has been undertaken for Deadpool 2. As with his appearance on Colbert’s show, Reynolds also appeared as Deadpool on the December 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping, giving advice on how to “put the fun back in dysfunctional” during the holiday season. In addition to Reynolds, Deadpool 2 stars Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin and premieres May 18.