The Fox-Disney merger has many, many questions still revolving it, but one of the more interesting questions is what happens to the Deadpool franchise once under the Disney umbrella. Not only is it currently Fox’s go-to superhero property, but it has that oh so necessary hard R-rating, something that the character just can’t seem to exist without. It’s not a guarantee that its vulgarity is what makes the movies so damn popular, but it definitely plays a huge factor in its utter success over the last few years. Disney has repeatedly said what kind of films they want to make, but could the “winning” of Fox’s assets be changing the minds of many of those shot-callers?
During a call that happens four times a year with Disney’s biggest executives, CEO Bog Iger made sure to make sure everyone knows that Deadpool will not be forgotten when they get the rights to their remaining Marvel heroes back:
“We see that there is certainly popularity amongst Marvel fans for the R-rated Deadpool films,” Iger said. “We’re going to continue in that business and there might be room for more of that.”
That’s exactly what fans have been waiting to here. Since Ryan Reynolds finally got his wish granted to not just play Deadpool, but the Deadpool he had always set out to be, the character has been popular worldwide. Both movies grossed over $300 million on pretty low budgets for a comic book movies, with the first breaking the record for an R-rated film. While it’s clear how much of a success it is, would Disney continue to that with how vulgar and outlandish the character is? Sure, it may not be exact, but it sounds like Disney knows exactly what fans want and how to handle it going forward. But now the question becomes how or if the character will crossover into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something that fans have been begging years for. Hopefully that includes Ryan Reynolds (it better).
Another important piece of X-Men news is the future of the in-development movies. Since the debut of the property back in the early 2000s, Fox has never stopped developing or making X-Men movies, and that didn’t even stop when the talks between the two studios started. Currently, Dark Phoenix and New Mutants are the only ones actually scheduled for release (kind of for the latter), but what about those talked about that are in the development stage? According to longtime franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner, they’re in a bit of limbo at the moment:
“Everything is on hold, since Disney took over,” Donner said. “Right now, it’s all in Disney’s hands. We don’t know what they’re gonna do. Now, it goes to Kevin Feige, who was my protégé. He and I started X-Men together, so I do trust him, not only based on knowing him and knowing how he knows the story so well, but on pure evidence.”
Sadly, it’s highly unlikely that those movies will just continued to be developed, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you won’t see them. With the X-Men officially moving over, it’s only a matter of time until we start seeing these characters pop up inside the MCU. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, has expressed multiple times how much he loves those characters and how much he would love to work with them. He will now have that chance. While the first wave of Avengers are starting to get wrapped up, with Avengers: Endgame possibly being the cherry on top, Feige will now have an entire new branch of characters to pull from, which just so happens to include some massive and fan-favorite villains as well. It’ll definitely be an interesting couple of years moving forward. I can’t wait to see it unfold.
What do you think of this news? Are you happy Disney will keep Deadpool the way it is? Do you hope Ryan Reynolds continues as the character? What other properties would you like to see Disney give an R-rating? Sound off in the comments below!