With the 90th Academy Awards just a few months away (with a planned airdate of February 24, 2019), the job of who will host the 2019 Oscars is on the minds of everyone in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, with the gig seemingly as appealing as the White House Chief of Staff job these days, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may have a problem on their hands.
So we have an idea to kill two birds with one stone. The Academy needs a host and they also need to keep trying to appeal to a younger, more mainstream audience that doesn't view the ceremory as the 'stodgy three and a half hours that honors films I haven't seen' Awards.
Kevin Hart was move in that direction in the first place.
While that blew up real good and they also struck out in a big way with their ill-fated and scuttled new 'popular' film category, the Academy could turn to the most popular category of film (superheroes) to cull a host, and give the gig to the most satirical superhero there is - Deadpool.
Or more specifically, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.
Reynolds has the comedic chops to pull off the gig, and him and an army of top writers could use the 'Merc With A Mouth' persona to skewer Hollywood in way Hollywood is ripe for skewering in 2019. Who better to lampoon film, politics, and pop culture than a fictional character with very little to lose and everything to gain by cracking wise on his peers and current events? Tone down the raunch and the violence and turn up the zingers, and let Deadpool's singular vision on pop culture guide the evening - and who better to cut through the the underlying tension that any real-life host would face than a guy packing two ninja swords?
And Reynolds would be somewhat protected by all the downside as he'd be playing a character and not out there as himself.
The Academy would also have some protection themselves, because other than being a cold-blooded murderer, there probably isn't anything on Deadpool's Twitter account that would prove problematic in 2019.
And while Black Panther looks increasingly likely to receive one of the 10 "Best Picture" nominations, that likely won't be enough to draw in the superhero/comic book movie audience that the show would benefit so significantly from. A Deapool opening monologue would be must-see-TV for the largest loyal moviegoing audience that currently exists.
And here's the other thing - Reynolds is kind of a famously good guy. He's used his role (and platform) as Deadpool to great effect for charity, and is even using Once Upon a Deadpool to raise money for the Fudge Cancer foundation (see? Deadpool can self-edit). So if someone's gonna bear the burden of both respecting the institution of film and absolutely mocking its artifices, he might be more prepared than most.
Hey, if nothing else, at least after Deadpool 2's credit scene in which Reynolds pretty much dropped the mic on self-effacting career-killing Green Lantern jokes, he'd have a potential new one for future Deadpool sequels.
See, it's a win-win.