It’s been three years since Disney’s acquisition of Fox, which not only brought blockbuster franchises like Avatar and Alien under Disney’s umbrella, but also Marvel characters that were out of reach for Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios, including X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. Deadpool has had two movies under Fox, the original 2016’s movie and the 2018’s sequel. Ever since the acquisition, Kevin Feige assured fans that there will definitely be Deadpool 3, that Ryan Reynolds will continue to play the titular character, and, the most important thing of all, the movie will still be rated R.
But, that woke up some concerns among the fans. We know that Deadpool is known for his very long and not exactly polite tongue, and we also know how strict Disney can be when it comes to their family-friendly policy. Of course, it’s not like Disney isn’t capable of doing something more oriented for the adult audience, but it’s known that youngsters are their target audience, to make movies more profitable, of course. Fox didn’t worry about that when they made two Deadpool movies, and despite the R rating, both movies were very successful at the box office, and they were even the highest-grossing R-rated movies before DC’s Joker came out in late 2019.
We all know that Deadpool must be Deadpool, and he cannot work in any other way, and Kevin Feige is probably aware of that. The previous MCU movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was PG-13, but critics agreed that it touched the roof of that rating. One more step further, and it would probably be rated R. Of course, Deadpool is on whole another level. With all the vulgarity, violence, and everything that makes the R-rated movie the R-movie, that’s the beauty of Deadpool, and fans are hoping that Disney won’t try to water that down.
The writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who are developing the script, now opened up about how much will Disney influence the movie:
“They’ve been very supportive with regard to that. Now when it comes to a particular joke, if we cross a line, maybe we’ll hear at some point, ‘Maybe not that joke.’ But I think they’ve been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing, because obviously we were doing it separate from them for a long time, and I think they’ve seen the success and they’ve had their own even greater success. So hopefully it’ll be a marriage made in heaven. But we’ve definitely got their support, and that’s a great thing to feel.” — Paul Wernick for Den of Geek
From this, we’d say that Disney is okay with doing Deadpool in all of his beauty. But one thing that may still be a concern is this “if we cross the line”, and we can all agree that it’s not so hard to cross the line when it comes to Disney, particularly because Deadpool is known for making jokes about very sensitive topics, like using drugs, sexual jokes, and even racism.
Deadpool 3 is currently in development, and it’s set to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the MCU, which is one more thing that wakes up the concern. Try to make a PG-13 crossover movie, and bring Deadpool in it, how is that supposed to work? We can only wait and see, but we are definitely impatient to see the next Deadpool installment. Thankfully, Ryan Reynolds will still be there, and that is what definitely makes us excited.