Ryan Reynolds reacts in typical funny fashion to the news of the huge Disney and 21st Century Fox merger. On Thursday, Disney announced they will purchase Fox assets including their TV and film studios for $52.4 billion in stock. Disney's acquisition of Fox means Deadpool and the X-Men are now under the same umbrella as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Disney empire now also includes Avatar and Fantastic Four.
Among other things, Disney's Fox acquisition opens the door on Fox-owned Marvel characters Deadpool and X-Men teaming up with The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Fox, however, has notably taken a different approach than Disney when it comes to superhero movies. While Disney keeps things family-friendly, Fox has pushed into R-rated territory with great success. James Mangold, whose hit film Logan carried an R-rating, voiced concerns recently about the Disney deal leading to future X-Men movies being less adult in content.
In a tweet, Ryan Reynolds poked a little fun at the always-naughty Deadpool now belonging to family-friendly Disney. Reynolds posted an image showing Deadpool getting escorted out of Disneyland by security after attempting a very misguided stunt (see the post below). Reynolds has also joked about the "sexual tension" between Deadpool and Mickey Mouse, via his Twitter account.
Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017
The notion of an R-rated superhero movie seemed like a pipe-dream before Deadpool arrived in 2016. Slathered in naughty-sauce, Deadpool proved a huge hit with audiences starved for an adult spin on comic book fantasy. The movie grossed $783 million worldwide on a modest $58 million budget. An untitled Deadpool sequel will now go up against Disney's own Solo: A Star Wars Story in a battle of the tones. Ryan Reynolds himself championed Deadpool, pushing for the movie to be rated R. Reynolds' efforts opened the door for Logan, a gritty, violent take on Wolverine. More R-rated comic book movies are coming, including the Hellboy reboot.
Films like Deadpool and Logan, for many people, represent an antidote to the careful, inoffensive Disney approach. There's reason to be concerned that, with Disney now owning X-Men, there will be no more R-rated movies in that universe. Though there's clearly a market for R-rated superhero films, Disney has an established brand based on clean content. Disney would be foolish not to explore team-ups involving Deadpool, X-Men, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and the rest - but if history is any indication, those movies will skew toward the clean end of the spectrum.
In a perfect world, superhero movies of all shapes and sizes - and MPAA ratings - would get their chance to see the light of day. But with Disney now owning most of the world, it seems we're in for an increasingly less-adventurous movie-going future. Deadpool may live on, but he may have his mouth sewn shut again.
Source: Ryan Reynolds
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020