What To Do With The Merc With A Mouth In The House Of The Mouse
Disney and Marvel Studios are in a bit of a predicament. While much has been made (and celebrated) about the studios’ purchase of Fox and all their properties, there’s one property from Fox that has been met with a lot of confusion: Deadpool. The Unabashedly hard R franchise has done gangbusters business for Fox, but, under the new ownership it’s struggling to find its place. Disney and Marvel know a sure hit when they see it (hell, they just need to see the box office for Deadpool and the sequel), but at the same time, they finally have the use of the Marvel characters that Fox was using, and they want to put them into the MCU mega machine. So what’s a studio to do with a character as unabashedly profane as Deadpool?
Well, the answer is probably a lot simpler than you think.
See, you can do a lot with Deadpool. Way more than you think. The fact that the character is constantly breaking the fourth wall is a both a good and bad thing. It’s bad cause it can get pretty annoying when used too much, but good in instances like this, which can highlight the absurdity of the censorship of the character. Having Deadpool pop up in an Avengers film or a different Marvel Studios project, but having him be censored only in this appearance, would lead to some potentially hilarious interactions between the Merc with a Mouth and his fellow screen partners, and would honestly fit more in line with the character’s comics, which aren’t R-rated at all.
But Disney could ALSO have it both ways as well, and have the Deadpool solo movies still be R-rated. This could still be in continuity, and with Deadpool’s knowledge of not only the world outside of his own, but of the censorship around him, could lead to even better jokes revolving around the character. At the very least, it would present another new look into how ridiculous the censorship of certain movies are, and could work in Disney and Marvel Studios’ favor if done correctly. Either way, I don’t think having the character be worked into the larger MCU will water him down. If anything, it’ll cause the directors and writers of future Deadpool movies to be more creative in how they use him.