One of the big questions that fans of ‘Deadpool‘ have had with The Walt Disney Company buying out 20th Century Fox is what would happen to their beloved Wade Wilson. The character was made to be played by Ryan Reynolds and has not only worked but has been praised for the R-rated material that it delivers. Fans have not only embraced it but have wanted more. However, what does that mean with the family-friendly House of Mouse now owning the rights and making it clear that they’d like to “reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love”?
That sounds like a family-friendly Merc with the Mouth is on his way which would pretty much make him even worse than that horrid version which was included in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ right? Apparently, that’s wrong!
Trust me, I’m as happily surprised as you are.
Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has weighed in on that very matter in a call with the media after the merger announcement was made:
“It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”
It isn’t clear if this will be an R-Rated section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or a separate self-contained world that would allow for some of the darker characters to continue on the big screen but either way I’m thrilled!
It sounds like at the very least ‘Deadpool’ will be safe for now and likely that means ‘X-Force’ and, if it performs well at the box office, ‘New Mutants’ will be as well. If done right, this could pave the way for other characters to get their own darker stories told on the big screen such as Moon Knight, Sentry, Daken, or similar characters.
These Fox films, as well as the reception of the Netflix shows, have proven that there is a market for the more mature content.
Are you happy to hear that ‘Deadpool’ is safe for the time being when it comes to being R-Rated? Do you think the series could even continue as-is if they went down to PG-13? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter