Should Disney’s Acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox go through, Marvel Studios will have access to characters they haven’t had access to for around 20 years. We’re talking about the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and all their related characters — including the use of the word mutant. But it’s not as though Fox was just sitting on all these properties.
For the past 15-plus years, they’ve been putting the X-Men to good use, and just recently, they’ve only just discovered how to break outside of those movies into something else. Should this deal actually happen, what does it mean for franchises like Deadpool? Deadpool 2 director David Leitch recently sat down with Fandango and gave his own thoughts.
“I think it’ll be exciting for fans. What I like about Deadpool is I think that the more you can put Deadpool in a box, the more he wants to push outside of it. Pairing him with people that you think would confine him, it’s a challenge to be irreverent, and it’s a challenge to keep the same sort of subversive nature. I think there’s something interesting about that. I don’t know. Who would he pair with? Captain America, that’d be pretty funny. I don’t know. There are definitely some people. I mean, I’m a fan of that sort of whole Marvel universe. I think you could just throw a dart at a board and put Deadpool next to them, and it would be funny.”
Of course, the big question is whether or not Disney would allow this franchise to continue, as their brand has been strictly PG-13 or below for the past decade or so, even through their smaller production companies. Plus, recently, there was a rumor that they would be putting an end to all of Fox’s franchises after X-Men: Dark Phoenix (though I still doubt the truth behind that rumor).
The best case scenario is that they let Deadpool bleed through into both worlds. He’s the one who can survive hopping from one universe to the next, and seeing interactions with the Avengers would be pretty amazing. Though, we likely have at least a couple years before we know the true future of anything Fox-related.
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