Ever since Disney acquired Fox Studios back in 2019, many fans have been waiting for the introduction of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But what every fan have been actually waiting for, was the (re)introduction of Deadpool – from the X-Men Universe to the MCU. And let’s face it, if Deadpool comes on any movie, that film is an automatic R-rated film. But with Disney’s PG-13 style dominating their MCU films, how are we going to get a R-rated and family-friendly version of the merc-with-a-mouth at the same time?
The simple answer is – we don’t. Marvel has done well for themselves with brilliant PG-13 films and adding an R-rated film in the mix will only mess with the continuity of the films they will continue to feature (excuse the pun) – at least for the younger audience. The Marvel film franchise is big among the 18-35 year demographic, but it is just as big among the 12-17 age group as well. With the younger generation being their “better fans” and easier to pander to, Marvel is not going to abandon their young, teenage fanbase.
So Marvel can do the smart thing and bring the fourth-wall breaking superhero into the MCU and make him swear a whole lot less. With less raunchy scenes and even lesser innuendos. And reduce the blood and gore by 90 percent. All of this is possible, but will it result in a good Deadpool movie, we will have to wait and see.
Of course, we might never get another Deadpool movie. The character has already been well established in his previous two super hit outings and it would be better to simply introduce him into the MCU through other Marvel movies. A movie featuring Stephen Strange and/ or Wanda, since they are both characters who work with interdimensional magic, since we need Deadpool to come to this universe. And it just so happens they will appear together in a movie next year. Or we might get a Deadpool version of “he was in the MCU all along” shtick. Who knows?
But the question still remains – will a non-starter Deadpool movie be any good? Ryan Reynolds have proven himself charismatic enough to pull it off, but everything hinges on the script – and we know that Marvel writers are working night and day to make sure that happens and keep the continuity intact. For now, we will have to wait and see for the character to finally come on the MCU.
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