Disney Debating Whether R-Rated DEADPOOL Can Be Merged Into PG-13 Marvel Cinematic Universe

Disney Debating Whether R-Rated DEADPOOL Can Be Merged Into PG-13 Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney Debating Whether R-Rated DEADPOOL Can Be Merged Into PG-13 Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Deadpool franchise found a great deal of success at Fox as an R-Rated property, but it's now said that Disney is mulling over whether the Merc with the Mouth can be transitioned into a PG-13 setting...

By JoshWilding - Aug 07, 2019 10:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Deadpool & Wolverine
For comic book fans, the most exciting thing about the Disney/Fox merger was the fact that Marvel Studios would be able to reboot the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. However, there's always been some confusion about Deadpool's future; after two successful R-Rated adventures, will the Merc with the Mouth be rebooted or is Ryan Reynolds returning for some adult themed MCU hijinks?

Well, it sounds like the answer may be somewhere in-between. 

According to Variety's Brent Lang, he's heard "from sources that there are debates about whether Deadpool can move seamlessly between R-rated solo outings and PG-13 rated MCU movies." In other words, Disney is trying to figure out whether the franchise should become a box office juggernaut in the kid-friendly MCU, or if itshould remain in its own R-Rated Fox Universe. 

Once Upon a Deadpool proved that fans will still watch a Deadpool movie without the swearing and crude humour, and there's really no reason why a PG-13 series of films wouldn't be every bit as entertaining. The question is, is that something moviegoers want or were they flocking to Deadpool because it pushed the boundaries and delivered the sort of edgy superhero content you don't see in the MCU?

That is what Disney is clearly trying to figure out. What do you think should happen?

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BertieGregory - 8/7/2019, 10:42 AM
Breaking news: they are having debates about how best to handle their newly (re)acquired IP.
Batmandalorian - 8/7/2019, 10:45 AM
Hobbs and Shaw was PG13 and the humor kind of felt very close to deadpool. Not to mention same director as Part 2 and the fact that Ryan Reynolds was hilarious. I think PG13 could definitely work
Nightwing1015 - 8/7/2019, 10:48 AM
Obviously he can. Just make him say some meta line like "I'm gonna have to keep this family friendly for this film".

But keep his solo films R-rated.
Nebula - 8/7/2019, 11:02 AM
@Nightwing1015 - Exactly. It couldn't be easier than that. In fact, I'd love if he made constant jokes throughout about having to hold back.
ClipClop - 8/7/2019, 10:50 AM
Just keep his own movies R-rated and tone him down a bit in the crossovers. And being Deadpool, they can be meta about it. you could have him try to curse in the crossovers and not being able to do it, and kill some guys and say "Don't these guys have any blood?" or something. It's totally doable.
Goldboink - 8/7/2019, 2:20 PM
@ClipClop -
Just bleep out 30 seconds of him cursing up a storm and have everyone else shout "Language". It's the asides to the audience, breaking the 4th wall and the whole Meta of it all where the real humor lies.
regularmovieguy - 8/7/2019, 10:51 AM
If they keep Deadpool as an R-rated franchise I’ll eat my hat:

I don’t see it happening.
WakandanQueen - 8/7/2019, 10:52 AM
The bigger question is what they are going to do with the 4th wall breaks. They have to be more subtle in team-ups or Avengers films.
crawley - 8/7/2019, 10:53 AM
Best Course:

Let the director make whatever R-Rated violent movie they want, bleep and blur the living crap out of the theatrical release, and then release the unrated cut on digital.
NinnesMBC - 8/7/2019, 10:55 AM
Sure it can, it is not impossible. There are many ways to handle humor without going rated-R.
regularmovieguy - 8/7/2019, 10:59 AM

The franchise is a pretty great change of pace in CBMs because the freedom the R-rating allows. The writing is extremely important, too, obviously - but cutting the balls off an R-rated franchise would be a really bad move imo (also see Die Hard, Alien, Terminator, etc.)
Reeds2Much - 8/7/2019, 12:16 PM
@regularmovieguy - Alien Covenant and Good Day to Die Hard were both R movies, and no amount of swearing or viscera could have saved Terminator Genisys either.
regularmovieguy - 8/7/2019, 12:34 PM

I’m not saying they saved those movies - they were shit from the ground up 😂

An R-rated superhero franchise is gooood all around - and both movies have been very well received critically and from audiences.

Cutting his balls off would be bad. Just my opinion tho. Just like a little variety in my CBMs.
GhostDog - 8/7/2019, 10:59 AM
Just keep it R rated and have Deadpool show up in an MCU post credit scene every now again and break the 4th wall.

Make a few Deadpool PG-13 One-Shots where he is in the MCU and does something in the background of whatever film has just dropped or interacts with an MCU character for a few minutes.

knocturnalzen10 - 8/7/2019, 11:06 AM
@BlackBeltJones - exactly keep him Rrated.... dp1 was lightening in the bottle , dp2 not so much ..... but what makes the character special is his crude behavior and out of the box situations ....
GhostDog - 8/7/2019, 11:17 AM
@knocturnalzen10 - I didnt like DP2 at all.

DP1 certainly was lightning in a bottle. Although, I think people forget that the first Kick-Ass really did the whole R rated, crude, mocking satire of superherodom first and did it really well.
knocturnalzen10 - 8/7/2019, 11:32 AM
@BlackBeltJones - CORRECT !
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