With the merger of 21st Century Fox and Disney, comic book fans are most excited about the potential of the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties finally joining the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. And who can blame them given Marvel’s excellent track record thus far?
However, there is a certain character who forms part of the X-Men Universe who people are less keen to have under the Disney umbrella and that is Deadpool. With Ryan Reynolds turning the foul-mouthed antihero’s R-rated antics into a massive success, fans are concerned at what Disney’s family-friendly tendencies could do to water down the character and make the movies lose their magic. Something further exacerbated by the recent PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2, Once Upon a Deadpool.
It’s a fear though, that according to Disney boss Bob Iger, we shouldn’t be concerned about as he indicated in his Q1 company financial update that the company still intends to make R-rated Disney movies, but to perhaps keep them separate from the rest of the MCU. And while not officially mentioned, they probably won’t be playing on the Disney + streaming service launching later this year.