While speaking with CineXpress at Puerto Rico Comic-Con 2019, actress Zazie Beetz, who plays the mutant character of Domino in Deadpool 2 was asked about her hopes post-Fox-Disney merger and what she wants to see happen with her character in Deadpool 3/X-Force.
Beetz mentions a desire to see Domino’s origin explored along with developing a relationship with Josh Brolin’s Cable, like in the comics.
BEETZ: “My hopes for Domino is that I’d love to see her origin story, I think it’s really interesting and really complex and really makes for a really complex character, which I find interesting. And I’d also like to see how her relationship with Cable develops because in the comics they have a relationship and I think it would be cool to just see what that is.”
“[laughs] More action. I trained hard for it, so I better show it off.”
Zazie also talked about wanting Disney to make sure they don’t alienate the established Deadpool audience by making sure future films have mature content.
BEETZ: “Disney, you know they have a different audience base than Fox, so I hope they continue to honor Fox’s audience base. There is a reason that Deadpool does well, it’s an audience that enjoys the playfulness of life and not shying away from harder jokes and adult content.”
“I think that is important in this sort of superhero universe. Yes, you have it for the children, but then also there should be something fun for the adult as well and I like that about Deadpool.”
It’s been confirmed that Deadpool is carrying over to Marvel Studios (the only Fox/Marvel character so far), while the main X-Men team is getting a complete reboot (possibly getting their own movie in at least five years from now). I think it would be safe to say that characters for the moment like Zazie’s Domino and Brolin’s Cable won’t be replaced since that doesn’t look like that is going to be the plan.
What Marvel is planning to do with Drew Goddard’s X-Force and Deadpool 3 (was being written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) remains to be seen.
Concerning the maturity of the franchise and adult-oriented material. Disney’s Bob Iger has repeatedly suggested they don’t plan on tinkering with the rating of the Deadpool movies (I would assume X-Force included).
“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.”
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said to Variety he was told concerning the Deadpool franchise from Disney “if it’s not broke don’t fix it”. This isn’t terribly shocking given Iger’s previous comments about keeping things rolling and the R-rated franchise earning $1.562 billion in only two installments.
The Fox deal will also enable Marvel to experiment with the kinds of comic book movies that it makes. Feige said it “remains to be seen” if the studio will start making R-rated adventures such as “Logan,” but he echoed Walt Disney Chairman Bob Iger’s earlier promise to keep making the adult-oriented “Deadpool” films. Those will presumably still be profanity-laden, blood-splattered and very, very R-rated.
“When we were purchased, Bob said to us, ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’” said Feige. “There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”
Some comments made by Disney’s CCO Alan Horn about the future relationship with 20th Century Fox previously suggested Fox would still be releasing more mature material that would likely not gel if Disney distributed themselves. My interpretation of this is that Deadpool movies could be made by Marvel Studios and then released under the 20th Century Fox umbrella to allow them to keep the franchise R-rated without Disney confusing audiences.
It would also follow what Bob Iger had said a while back about being open to releasing R-rated Marvel movies if audiences knew the difference between the Marvel different brands, so parents/kids wouldn’t get confused. I still think that Marvel Studios should have an in-house adult shingle like Marvel Max or Marvel Knights as a way to properly label these R-rated projects.