Despite early fears that Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox might mean an end to the Deadpool franchise, the Merc with a Mouth seems to have a strong future ahead of him at Walt Disney Studios. Many fans were afraid that Deadpool would be forever sealed in the Disney Vault because of the acquisition, due to Disney's policy of not releasing any films with an R-rating under their banner and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole being kept at a PG-13 level. Thankfully, recent events and comments from Disney management indicate that Wade Wilson will not be vanishing from movie screens anytime soon.
The first Deadpool movie defied Hollywood wisdom in 2016, proving that their was a market for adult-oriented superhero movies that closely adhered to their comic book roots. The film ultimately went on to shatter box office records, becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie internationally. This fact was noted in a fourth-wall breaking moment in the sequel, Deadpool 2, which has also gone on to be a critical and commercial success.
It remains to be seen if Deadpool will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe or if he'll continue to operate in his own little world. In either case, audiences shouldn't expect too many major changes to the formula of the franchise. While Disney may have to clean Deadpool up slightly for the sake of their brand, they've shown little inclination in the past to change what works. Should it come to that, however, it has been proven time and time again that Deadpool works as a concept without cursing and excessive violence.
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There Won't Be Another Deadpool Movie Before Disney Buys Fox
It's important to note that any future Deadpool movies will have to be made under Disney's banner. Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, which has been in the works for well over a year, will be finalized in early 2019. This means that any future projects utilizing the properties sold as part of the deal (including Deadpool, X-Men, and Fantastic Four) will have to be approved by Walt Disney Studios, despite the fact that the Mouse House wants to allow Fox to continue to do what they do best.
Even assuming there are no creative differences between the studios and the creators, it will still be some time before audiences see a new Deadpool film. While there has been tentative talk regarding a Deadpool 3, everyone involved wants to make an X-Force film first. Unfortunately, everyone signed on for the X-Force movie and/or Deadpool 3 already has a busy schedule in the coming year. It could be 2020 before a script for either film is written, which means the soonest we might see a complete movie is 2021.
Ryan Reynolds is finishing up shooting on the action movie 6 Underground and is supposed to be starting pre-production on a new movie based on the board-game Clue shortly. He's joined on this project by his co-writers for Deadpool 2, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who are currently finishing up work on Zombieland 2. Drew Goddard is signed to write and direct the X-Force movie, but he may have his hands full as an executive producer on NBC's The Good Place. Despite this, Goddard has affirmed his commitment to X-Force and said that he would start work on a script for the movie once his most recent film, Bad Times At The El Royale, was in theaters.
Bob Iger Wants To Keep Deadpool Going At Disney
Deadpool has one powerful and unexpected ally among Disney's upper-level management - CEO Bob Iger. Back in December 2017, around the time when Disney made their first bid for 20th Century Fox, Iger spoke about Marvel characters currently owned by Fox and how they wanted to create mature films such as Logan and Deadpool, saying, "There may be an opportunity for an R-rated Marvel brand as long as we let audiences know what’s coming." Iger specifically singled-out the Deadpool franchise as one he wished to see continue. With Deadpool 2 going on to become one of the most popular movies of 2018, it seems Iger would have even more reason to want to see more Deadpool movies in the future. It's a good business decision.
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