Even with its R rating firmly in place, Deadpool managed to nab the biggest opening weekend of any previous X-Men movie, all of which have been rated PG-13. Now it sounds like 20th Century Fox is changing its tune in terms of ratings and its own Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yesterday, we got word that the upcoming Mutant spinoff X-Force may arrive with an R rating. Now we have confirmation that the studio is seriously considering the restrictive rating for it's Hugh Jackman swan song Wolverine 3.
As soon as the numbers for Deadpool rolled in this past President's Day weekend, it was heavily speculated that every major studio would quickly put an R rated superhero movie into development. And Fox certainly isn't wasting any time making these judgments come true. It's not clear if the R rating bolstered or diminished Deadpool's take at the box office. But some are looking to that as the reason for it's success.
According to Reddit user RayChaos, Wolverine 3 is definitely anticipating an R rating. This news arrived during Toy Fair 2016, in New York, which has been humming along since Saturday. The Fox presentation teased this potential rating in a flyer that was disturbed at the event, which you can see below in all it's glory.
This isn't the first time that the X-Men franchise has filtered with a R rating. For a long time, it was thought that 2013's The Wolverine might be tailored for restricted audiences. While the movie eventually debuted in theaters as PG-13, it later came to the home market with an alternate unrated cut, giving us the bloodiest, most violent Wolverine adventure yet. At this time, no plot details have been released for Wolverine 3. It is believed that Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Charles Xavier in the adventure as a prominently featured character. James Mangold, who directed The Wolverine, will be back, working from a script by David James Kelly.
"I think there are some stories that could be R-rated. I don't know what they are, I mean I think the mainline X-Men movies have their own tone, which is a more operatic tone. It's more dramatic, it is more PG-13 in a way. X-Force I could see being R-rated, and who knows? I'm saying I could imagine a universe in which [X-Force is R-rated]."
20th Century Fox is also developing The New Mutants, which has been rumored to feature Deadpool star Brianna Hildebrand returning as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and there are also rumors that Bryan Singer will return to direct X-Men 7. The studio is also getting ready to start production on the X-Men spinoff, Gambit. But it's highly doubtful that any of these other movies will arrive with an R rating, as they are tailored more towards a younger audience. How do you feel about X-Force and Wolverine 3 potentially being R rated?