Bleak is often a word described for mutant kind with their various post-apocalyptic futures but director James Mangold has a new way to use it for the X-Men and that’s when it comes to films. If Disney does end up buying Fox, the famed director of ‘Logan’ is concerned that the future for mutants isn’t going to be a good one. At least, not for the R-Rated hits that the studio has pushed out with ‘Logan’, ‘Deadpool’, and likely the upcoming ‘New Mutants‘, ‘Deadpool 2‘, and ‘X-Force’.
The House of Mouse has been extremely lenient in letting its properties such as Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm pretty much run their own agendas and it has paid off in spades so far. That being the case, one can easily imagine a scenario where Fox still gets to do a slew of R-Rated films but the X-Men could be off limits. I don’t think it would surprise anyone to see a full reboot of the films occur as everyone is brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, things could just continue running as is with only certain villains and characters making the jump. It really is too early to tell.
However, according to Mangold:
“If they’re actually changing their mandate, if what they’re supposed to do alters, that would be sad to me because it just means less movies. … The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that there will be no Happy Meals. There will be no action figures. The entire merchandising, cross-pollinating side of selling the movie to children is dead before you even start. And when that’s dead, it means you’re making a grown-up movie.”
With the rate that Marvel Studios has been churning out films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe I’m not sure that less films would be the right description, but quite possibly less diversity. Which is, a bit off when they’re bringing into the fold the franchise that embodies diversity and always has for the Marvel banner.
One can hope that there is still merit seen in keeping an R-Rated set of films in conjunction with the MCU either completely separate or together but apart in that it is clear that the two sets of movies don’t really cross one another. Of course, that makes it hard to really say where the split would be as who would end up in the R-Rated world of Marvel films and who wouldn’t.
Do you think that if Disney ends up buying Fox’s properties that we’ll still be getting R-Rated Marvel movies through them for the foreseeable future? Could this even encourage the studio to make more R-Rated movies not connected to the MCU in the realm of characters such as Moon Knight? Or, will this likely be the end of the ‘Deadpool’ we’ve grown to love and any other R-Rated Marvel property? Share your thoughts below True Believers!