While Deadpool’s immediate future looks bright and sunny, it is hard to say whether or not he’s a character who has the ability to survive the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s studio and entertainment assets. Given that the first film broke all sorts of records for R-rated films and is currently leading the charge for more “mature” comic book fare, you would think he’d be safe, but Disney’s brand is so family-oriented that it’s hard to say with 100 percent certainty that that’s the case.
Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds recently spoke with EW, and when asked about the future of the character, he gave his two cents on whether or not he thinks Disney would give the character the ax.
“I really genuinely don’t know a thing about it. I read that [CEO and chairman] Bob Iger felt that there’s plenty of room in that universe to have a rated-R character like Deadpool. This is completely conjecture on my part, but I wouldn’t imagine that Disney bought Fox to dismantle it or something like that. I think that Disney bought Fox so it could have that in its arsenal.”
I think I have to side with Reynolds on this one. While Disney’s branding is important to them, they also do like making money. There are many characters that can work inside of the MCU, but given Deadpool’s R-rated personality, he isn’t one of them. The solution? Keep the name 20th Century Fox around as a studio, and continue to churn out movies with him in his own world under that name. No one will get confused and they still get to take in all those mountains of cash that only the Merc with the Mouth can bring.
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