'Deadpool's Fate Hangs In The Balance After Disney Merge: Could Prove Fatal
Marvel fans lived in fear of never having another ‘Deadpool’ sequel since the announcement of Disney and 20th Century Fox’s deal. The MCU has been kept PG-13, and no Walt Disney Studios movie has ever been R-rated, so their worries are justified, but thanks to some recent comments from the heads, it seems that Wade Wilson could grace the big screen once again.
The difference of ‘Deadpool’
This film indeed broke all molds of previous superhero movies, showing that one targeted for adults could succeed at the box office, and therefore, they could keep it close to the comic book version. It became the highest-grossing R-rated film in the world, and one of the reasons is because it breaks the fourth wall, where the main character interacts with the viewers.
However, after Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, things have been up in the air, regarding this particularly sassy superhero. Many fans wonder if he might be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe or if the studio will decide to keep him in a separate world. Furthermore, Disney could also resort to cleaning the character up because of their values.
This is a brand that does not like a lot of Deadpool’s behavior and actions, and for the sake of their target audience, they have to. Most would think that it’s an impossible task for this type of movies, but Deadpool has proven that it can do without cursing or using too much violence. There is a bunch of fighting in the MCU, so Deadpool would be no different.
No more sequels until the deal is finalized
Of course, the following movies belong to Disney, after announcing early this year that they would be acquiring 20th Century Fox, a deal which had been in the works for more than a year. It makes sense because the MCU lacks important characters from Marvel that belonged to Fox like the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool.
Any further releases with these comic book heroes will be under the Walt Disney Studios banner. Therefore, it could take a while for audiences to get anything more about the sassy superhero. There has been some speculation about ‘Deadpool 3’, but it seems that the X-Force project might take priority, though everyone in that universe is already busy next year.
It could take two years for a script to be pinned down, so it’s unlikely that viewers will get a new film before 2021. Ryan Reynolds is currently working on an action movie titled ‘6 Underground’, and he is set to start shooting a film based on the Clue board game, which will be written by the same people of ‘Deadpool 2’, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
They are currently writing ‘Zombieland 2’. Meanwhile, Drew Goddard is set to write and direct the X-Force movie, but he is busy as executive producer of ‘The Good Place’ for NBC. However, he is committed to the project and will work on it after ‘Bad Times at the Royale’ started its runs in theaters.
Bob Iger wants Deadpool in the Disney roster
CEO Bob Iger is excited about the addition of Deadpool to their movies. In December 2017, when the studio was bidding for 20th Century Fox, he spoke about the Marvel characters that belonged to Fox and how he would like to make more serious films with Logan and Wade Wilson. “There may be an opportunity for an R-rated Marvel brand as long as we let audiences know what’s coming."
The CEO stated that ‘Deadpool’ is one of his favorite and wants to continue the story. Its sequel was one of the most popular films of 2018, and Disney will certainly not pass on the opportunity to have another hit on their hands, even if they have to clean up some things to adhere to their policies or maybe change their own ways.
‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ shows that PG-13 is an option
Disney deciding not to have an R-rated superhero movie in their roster does not mean the end of ‘Deadpool’ movies, or that their popularity might decrease by having to stick with a PG-13 rating. The new version of ‘Deadpool 2’ called ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ proves that the movie will be received will in theaters even without violence or nudity.
Aside from showing a censored version of the film, it also features kidnapped Fred Savage, a reference to his famous movie ‘The Princess Bride’, and the rest of the motion picture is mostly the same except Savage stops the narrative to criticize about the awful writing. Of course, many humorous parts were cut in this cleaner format, but no one can deny that it worked.
The new scenes added to the Deadpool charisma, and the scenes with Fred Savage became instant fan favorites, mainly because Wade Wilson had to reprimand Fred for his use of profanity because there was a limit to how much they could say, so once again, they broke the fourth wall seamlessly, and featuring a bunch of beeping sounds. Therefore, the restrictions inspired the makers to be creative.
Deadpool may be the only part of X-Men that keeps going
The upcoming film ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ will be the last movie in the new reboot, and it is still unclear how people will like it. The project has been pushed back several times for several reasons like reshoots to make it darker for audiences, and it is now expected for August 2019. Furthermore, Fox had to change some violent scenes to make it more Disney-friendly.
However, it has been reported that it will still have an R rating. The only other film left for Fox’s Marvel characters was Gambit, which stars Channing Tatum. They have not started shooting, and though it is set for a March 2020, the plan could be altered, or the project could be scrape completely. Only time will tell which Fox pre-production works will be picked up after the purchase is finalized.
It’s really ironic that Deadpool, who was not that popular in his comic book form, would be the one part of the X-Men to survive, and it’s due to its success on the big screen and Reynolds’ popularity. The only other X-Men project with that much hype was Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but he is now done with the role, so we are all rooting for Deadpool’s come back.
What did you think of Deadpool joining the MCU? Do you think he will fit with the rest of the “serious” superheroes? Do you think this kind of film could be produced by Disney Studios? Only time will tell. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who cannot wait for another sequel with Ryan Reynolds. See next time!
Source: Screen Rant