Fans were seemingly under the impression that once Disney and Marvel got their mitts on the Deadpool movies they would turn them into watered-down PG-13. This was seemingly debunked by Disney’s Bob Iger and Alan Horn over the past couple of months, and now Marvel Studios has chimed-in too.
While speaking with Variety, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige echoed previous statements by Disney’s Bob Iger suggesting that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movies will keep the violence and raunchy comedy along with the R-rating that comes with that.
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?”
Alan Horn had recently mentioned that future R-rated movies would be distributed by 20th Century Fox, along with the streaming side of things Disney+ will not have mature content which will be handled by Hulu instead. This could mean that future Deadpool movies would be made by Marvel Studios but possibly released by 20th Century Fox.
While Kevin has said that an X-Men movie might be five years away, I’m not sure if that included Deadpool, which had Deadpool 3 and X-Force in development stages before the merger. I’m sure we’ll hear news about their plans for Deadpool once Avengers: Endgame is released and Feige reveals their Phase 4 plans.