Disney CEO Bob Iger promises that Marvel will continue to make R-rated Deadpool movies. Additionally, Iger stated that Disney would make other R-rated projects that they acquired from Fox. This should be some pretty great news for fans who were worried that the studio was going to try and sanitize the Merc with a Mouth or even prevent more movies from being made down the line. But, are we ever going to see Wade Wilson team up with his old buddy Wolverine?
According to Deadpool creator, the crossover with Wolverine is "inevitable," though there has been no official talks about that. Going back to the R-rated projects, that news came out of a quarterly earnings call with investors that Bob Iger made earlier this week. The Disney CEO took questions and one investor asked about Fox's R-rated properties. Iger revealed that they are not going to mess with a formula that is already working, no matter the rating. He said, "We will continue in that business. There's certainly popularity."
Specifically, Bob Iger declared that Deadpool will continue under the Disney umbrella. However, he did note that the R-rated projects will be marketed differently than their traditional projects to keep from confusing consumers. This means the FX and Fox Searchlight banners will continue to release R-rated content once they make the transition over to Disney. Horror fans can also be assured that the Predator and Alien franchises should be safe under the Disney umbrella too, which is also good to know for the future. What remains to be seen is how Disney will brand these movies.
Bob Iger commented on the Disney+ streaming platform too, noting that the service will also contain R-rated material to help increase content to the service. This is a wise move for the new service that will have to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Having some of the biggest franchises in the world isn't going to be enough to get people to fork over a monthly subscription fee. There's going to be a ton of Fox properties soon to be a part of Disney, which means that it's going to be a lot of work to get everything to transition smoothly.
Bob Iger did not go into specifics about how Disney will transition all of the Fox properties, but if anyone can handle it, it's Disney. Once the deal closes, the studio is going to start competing with itself at the box office even more than it already was. However, this should mean more of what people want to see, no matter what the rating is on the project, according to Bob Iger's call with investors. With that being said, it doesn't seem likely that we'll see Deadpool walking around the Magic Kingdom, greeting guests and posing for pictures. For now, that might have to stay on Hollywood boulevard. This news was first reported by Variety.