With the runaway success of the adult-oriented Deadpool, the race is on among movie studios to follow the trend and add their own R-rated comic book movies to the mix. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is already up for debate with filmmakers, fans, and critics weighing in. While many have already spoken for and against the idea of more R-rated comic book films, one thing is clear: audiences may soon see more and more superhero flicks intended solely for adults.
One can certainly argue that movie studios have learned the wrong lesson from Deadpool and that what made it popular was its refreshing break from the assembly-line quality of Marvel’s movies and the self-seriousness of DC’s early forays into building its cinematic universe. The good news, though, is that at least one of those movie studios won’t be following the trend anytime soon.
Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller revealed that at a recent shareholder meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors, “We don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies.” The comment was in response to a question from a shareholder about Deadpool, and leaves little room for doubt that there will be no place for more adult-oriented films in the MCU’s near future.
The announcement is unsurprising given that Marvel has a singular vision for its movies — so singular in fact that it has led to at least one director parting of ways with the studio before filming began. While Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy set the tone for darker, more serious superhero movies, Marvel’s films have tended to be a bit lighter tonally — Captain America’s solo outings notwithstanding. Marvel had its own surprise success in Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that succeeded not because of sex jokes and fourth wall-breaking, but because its tone felt irreverent and markedly different from the studio’s other releases.
With that in mind, Disney seems to be taking an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to its films, and staying the course as far as its fairly extensive plan for the MCU. Fans of R-rated comic book movies will still have other options to get their fix, though, from Deadpool 2, Wolverine 3, and possibly X-Force to a potential Spawn remake. Of course, R-rated comic book movies are really nothing new; they’re just a trend that happens to be getting a great deal of attention at the moment thanks to the overwhelming success of one film. Luckily for parents, Disney still plans to provide them with opportunities to take their kids to plenty of comic book movies in the future.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans– July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Daniel Miller, (via Collider)