September 25, 2020

The Myth That Marvel Would Not Make a R-Rated Deadpool Movie

Ever since the Disney-Fox merger was announced a myth has been spread around the internet that is leading people to believe that Marvel would never make a R-Rated Deadpool movie because of Disney. This is simply a false narrative being spread by a certain group of fans in an attempt to fear monger and it has absolutely no basis in reality.

In fact, the day that Disney announced the merger with Fox, CEO Bob Iger said on the Q&A section of the call that there’s no problem with Deadpool remaining R-Rated. Someone asked him specifically about that, and he said:

“It clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”

And there’s precedent for this, despite some people having the belief that Disney has never released an R-Rated movie. In the 80s Touchstone Pictures was created specifically to release those type of movies, and they’ve had other brands over the years such as Hollywood Pictures, and of course Miramax in the 90s. These days only Touchstone still is around (Disney used it to release the Dreamworks movies they distributed), but like Iger said there’s an opportunity for a specific R-Rated Marvel brand. They did that in the comics, with Marvel MAX, so it’s something that will happen with the movies.

Disney wants Deadpool movies so badly, they even pointed it out as a separate brand from X-Men in their presentation of the merger:

That slide was them telling their investors, “Hey, if we get to buy Fox we can make Deadpool movies and make a lot of money!”

So this whole myth of “Disney will only do a PG-13 Deadpool” is just fear mongering from a small (but vocal) group of fans who are basically lying to people for no good reason other than to make themselves feel better about the X-Men movies being rebooted. But Deadpool itself actually doesn’t even need to be rebooted to fit into the MCU, as the first movie already had a helicarrier and Hydra Bob in it, and the franchise kind of exists outside of continuity as it is.

Deadpool fans really have nothing to worry about with the pending Disney-Fox merger.