Deadpool Solo Films Promised R-Rating, but Marvel Crossovers Will Be PG-13

Deadpool fans cannot wait to see how Marvel introduces Ryan Reynolds’ character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been a lot of reports surrounding the beloved superhero, and some fans are worried that Disney might water him down to appease its family-friendly base. Thankfully, it sounds like the Merc with a Mouth is going to keep his R-rating — at least when it comes to his solo flicks.

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‘Deadpool’ promised R-rating

When Disney acquired the rights to Deadpool from Fox, there was a lot of mystery about how the superhero would transfer to the MCU. Given the studio’s family focus, there were plenty of rumors that Deadpool would get a PG-13 rating.

Luckily, it appears as though Disney is keeping the franchise as is and will be moving forward with a third film. But there is a catch to the deal.

According to We Got This Covered, when Deadpool appears in other films in the MCU, he will not be his usual R-rated self. His reported appearance in the upcoming movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, for instance, will be PG-13. As will his other cameos.

But for his solo films, fans can expect the usual from the franchise, which is some pretty amazing news. After all, we’re not convinced Deadpool would be the same in a neutered version.

Will Disney profit from ‘Deadpool 3’?

Out of all of the franchises Disney acquired from Fox, Deadpool is easily the most viable. X-Men has a huge fan base around the world, but recent movies have been major flops at the box office. Disney is fully expected to reboot X-Men, though it is a mystery when we’ll see the mutants in the MCU.

The decision to keep Deadpool in its R-rated format could pay huge dividends for Marvel. Fox had major success with Logan in 2017, which received an R-rating.

And DC’s recent Joker was one of the most successful movies of 2019, bringing in over $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales. These films prove that there is an audience for R-rated superhero movies, despite the fact that Marvel has never ventured into that territory.

That said, there are certain elements of Reynold’s character that don’t really fit into anything Marvel has done. This includes how Deadpool often breaks the fourth wall. Hopefully, the studio will keep everything from the franchise, though there are clearly some things that won’t remain in the crossovers.

‘Deadpool 3’ will happen

Apart from the rating, we have received official confirmation that Deadpool 3 is in the works. In fact, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld recently opened up about bringing the franchise to the MCU and revealed that it will happen – along with an X-Force project.

“There were two R-rated movies, and they were R-rated movies, that together made $1.2bn and yes, I looked at those and counted them up. After the first weekend, I called Ryan and said ‘It’s a billion-dollar franchise!’. We were very excited. So, I think Deadpool 3, X-Force… inevitable. I mean, come on. Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, and now with Disney. How is that not the biggest thing, right?” Liefeld shared.

We also know that Reynolds has been involved with several meetings with Marvel and that the third movie is currently in development. Production has not started, but it sounds like they are piecing together a storyline.

Marvel, however, has not announced a release date for Deadpool 3, and there seems to be a consensus that the character will appear in a different MCU film before the studio releases his third act.

More than likely, the cameo will be in Doctor Strange 2, though fans will have to keep an eye out for future developments.

What about ‘Wolverine’?

Deadpool 3 might not be the only movie in the MCU that gets an R-rating. Inside sources claim that Wolverine will get the same treatment as the Merc with the Mouth, but only when it comes to his solo movies.

This move makes perfect sense when you look at the success of Logan. Plus, fans are eager to see who will pick up the superhero’s mantle now that Hugh Jackman is out of the picture.

Even more exciting, sources say that Marvel is considering moving forward with Wolverine’s Weapon X storyline, which came out in 1991. If that is true, it would be difficult to pull off without an R-rating.

Marvel has not commented on the rumors surrounding Deadpool and Wolverine. The studio is currently gearing up for Phase 4 of the MCU, starting with the release of Black Widow this May.