Deadpool Creator Weighs In On Potential R-Rated Marvel Movies

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Nine years ago, the notion of an R-rated Marvel movie would have verged on wishful thinking. But with the über-popular MCU fast approaching its 10th anniversary and Disney now in control of Fox, a hard-R Marvel flick is within arm’s reach of becoming a reality. Seriously.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said as much during his call to investors earlier this morning, when Iger also teased plans to weave the X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four into the fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s something that likely won’t take shape for another two-to-three years, meaning the MCU will be largely unaffected as it ramps up for the super-sized Avengers 4 in 2019.

Meanwhile, Fox still has The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix lined up for 2018, though if Marvel decides to cherry-pick one or two X-Men characters and bring them into the fold, we imagine the Powers That Be will opt to recast said superhero in the name of continuity. Just look at how Kevin Feige and Sony handled the transition of Spider-Man.

Getting back to the prospect of R-rated movies, though, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld chimed in with his thoughts to ComicBook.com.

Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t deliver this unprecedented level of historic success for Disney by accident. This man gets it. He understands the culture and more importantly, he understands the concerns of the fans. Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool?

And as far as Liefeld is concerned, the rumor of a family-friendly Deadpool is complete hogwash, as the comic book scribe is fully confident in Bob Iger’s ability to satisfy the fanbase.

The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan’s Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base.

On a general note, Liefeld concluded with his own thoughts on Deadpool being drafted into the Marvel pantheon, and it seems he’s just as excited as you and me:

I can’t wait to see how Deadpool will eventually be inserted into the greater Marvel Pantheon. I’m sure Bob Iger and Kevin Feige have some great tricks up their sleeves. Exciting times!

Ryan Reynolds has already provided a running commentary on Disney’s pursuit and subsequent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, so we can only imagine what the actor has planned for the radically altered Marvel landscape.

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