Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the Disney-Fox merger this afternoon and reaffirmed previous comments from December 2017 on the earnings call that they are still keen on keeping Deadpool sequels R-rated.
“We do believe there is room for the Fox properties to exist without significant Disney influence over the nature of the content. Meaning that we see that there certainly popularity amongst Marvel fans for the R-rated Deadpool films, for instance, we’re going to continue in that business, and there might be room for more of that.”
An interesting part in that quote is that he suggests that Deadpool might not be the only Marvel character that could be given the R-rated treatment when he says “there might be room for more of that”. Iger has given the impression that branding R-rated Marvel projects would be key and if that would happen that could give them wiggle-room to tackle other characters that would fit a more mature tone.
Could we see a string of R-rated Marvel films coming in the future?
Kevin Feige has suggested in the past he is open to movies focusing on Blade and equally mature hero Moon Knight in the future. The studio has had an in-house script treatment for a new Blade movie for years now, but haven’t moved forward with that incarnation possibly waiting for the right time and have been sitting on it.
Deadpool isn’t the only character on the X-Men roster that could get the R treatment as well. James Mangold has been developing a sequel/spin-off to Logan that would focus on Dafne Keen’s Laura aka X-23. Yesterday, it was revealed by longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner that projects like Laura would be now in the hands of Disney/Marvel and alluded that she believes that a recasting of Wolverine is also likely (we’ve heard that finding a new Wolverine is said to be a priority at Marvel) coming soon as well with a younger actor in the role.
Logan certainly proved, not unlike with Deadpool, that other Marvel characters can work within the world of R-rated feature films and can make a good amount of money in the process.
Let’s not forget that there are recent unconfirmed rumblings that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow may end up R.
I’ll be very interested to see how they will be tackling Deadpool/X-Force and if they end up releasing via 20th Century Fox or will branch-out Marvel Studios with a mature arm ala Marvel Knights/Marvel Max like with the comic books. I’m sure once the merger is completed (expected to be by June) we could start hearing more finite details about the future of the MCU and X-Men.
SOURCE: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY