DEADPOOL Franchise Will Reportedly Remain R-Rated Under Disney But That Could Keep Him Out Of The MCU

We didn't really get many huge updates from Disney's earnings call last night, but the studio's plans for the Deadpool franchise following the merger with Fox may have finally become a little clearer...

Last night, Disney held its first-quarter earnings call and while we were hoping for some big news, that was sadly nowhere to be seen.

Disney CEO Bob Iger did, however, confirm that future Deadpool movies could keep the R-Rating they've had at Fox. The first two instalments made over $1.5 billion between them so you can see why Disney isn't necessarily going to rush into heading down the PG-13 route despite the popularity of Once Upon a Deadpool last year. 

Iger cautioned that any future Deadpool movies would be required to be "carefully branding [R-rated films]…so we’re not in any way confusing the consumer." In other words, they may not boast the Disney or Marvel Studios logo, and that could keep the Merc with the Mouth out of the MCU.

It would be a shame for that to be the case, but just like Deadpool only vaguely referenced the main X-Men franchise, a similar route could be taken for another movie featuring the character.

After all, he could talk about The Avengers and X-Men but wouldn't necessarily have to cross paths with them; Marvel Studios would just have to choose the characters the movie uses carefully and presumably reboot it somewhat to avoid any confusion with it being linked to X-Men adventures that are no longer canon. Confusing, right?

Here's hoping things start becoming clearer in the coming weeks and months! 
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