One of the biggest reasons the original Deadpool film was such a huge success and earned Fox such a ginormous box office return was because Ryan Reynolds worked his butt off to ensure it was as Deadpool-ey of a movie as possible.
That meant violence. It meant gore. It meant sex and inappropriate jokes and a lot of breaking the fourth wall.
Now that kind of thing might seem like a movie producer's worst nightmare. Major motion picture studios looking for the highest rate of return are allured by family-friendly, safe cinematic choices. The more mundane and mediocre and inoffensive a film is, the more guaranteed of a return of investment, statistically speaking.
I mean, there's a reason why a film about a bunch of murderous bad guys ended up being rated PG-13 and watered down to a "meh" mess. A "meh" mess that nabbed nearly $750 million at the box office.
Deadpool was a huge departure from that boring, MPAA-rating-friendly studio process and it ended up reaping the benefits. Fox greenlit a sequel almost immediately after the film's opening box-office numbers came in, and things were looking great.
Until Disney announced that they'd be buying Fox, the studio that produces Deadpool. Now when you think of Disney films, you're definitely not thinking of rated R content.
But Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, assures fan that Disney's got no problem with being in the R-rated film business, just as long as "audiences know what's coming."
Which means that the upcoming film won't receive a whole bunch of edits and cuts for the sake of assuring the film isn't "too edgy."
Ryan Reynolds took the news of Disney's buyout in typical Deadpool fashion.
And Twitter was ecstatic that their favorite foul mouthed red bodysuit wearing unkillable smart-cracking ninja won't be censored.
Thank god deadpool is still gonna be rated r thank u Disney I love deadpool as an r rated character— Eric Dixon (@RealEricDixon) December 14, 2017
Why did anyone think Deadpool wouldn't stay rated r?— Platypenguin💜 (@PlatypenguinCPI) December 14, 2017
But people don't want the love to stop at Deadpool 2, they're worried that Iger's just talking about the film as if it's a one time thing.
okay but can deadpool meet the avengers in an r rated marvel movie pls— stefa (@mischiefzayn) December 14, 2017
Both Deadpool & Logan were R Rated and needed to be, Disney would not let that fly, so I’m happy this means we got those films before the deal— Caleb © (@kinky_FUCKERY50) December 14, 2017
But what does that mean for the rest of the Deadpool movies? Will there be no more after the second one? Who knows bc more than likely Disney won’t make an R Rated film— Caleb © (@kinky_FUCKERY50) December 14, 2017
Will Disney make a Deadpool sequel and make it rated R? Only time will tell.— Sauce-E (@HighLife89) December 14, 2017
While others aren't exactly holding out hope for the future.
Well at least I can say I was able to see a dope rated R Logan & Deadpool flick before Disney got a hold of them 😅 no guarantees any flicks moving forward will ever hold that R rating again— Boog Digi (@truckyocouch) December 14, 2017
It could make sense for Disney to keep some particular superhero films rated R. Movies like Logan and Deadpool could get their own treatment or exist in an "alternate timeline," where the more family friendly films aren't tied to their risque counterparts.
I hope that Fox's Xmen universe and the MCU stay separate. Bring other characters into each but keep projects different and divided. Wanna keep seeing things like rated R Logan/Deadpool.— Jason Segalla (@2xNoodle) December 14, 2017
But seriously, the Deadpool movies need to stay rated R so when the Spiderman crossover films come out, this happens.