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‘Deadpool 3’ Gets R-Rating

by | Jan 29, 2021

Who knew back in 2016 that “Deadpool” would become the highest grossing R-rated superhero movie of all time? It’s no surprise that its sequel “Deadpool 2” would garner even more success. After everyone’s favorite rodent swallowed the Fox Corporation back in 2019, they acquired the rights to the Deadpool franchise. Now fans can rejoice that “Merc With a Mouth” is back for a third installment-thanks to Disney. The Mouse Empire revealed its plans to release “Deadpool 3” with an R rating; the first R-Rated film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tim Adams’ article shares that Marvel President Kevin Feige is currently working on “Deadpool 3” and Ryan Reynolds is closely overseeing production. According to Adams, the script is written by Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin. However, it is not yet clear who will direct. Feige notes that filming won’t begin till next year because “Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor” and describes Reynolds as “a force of nature.”

The character Deadpool originally debuted in February 1991’s “The New Mutants” Issue No. 98 created by writer Fabian Nicieza and writer and artist Rob Liefeld. The first live action appearance of Reynold’s Deadpool was featured in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” This origin film is commonly referred to among fans as “the movie we don’t speak of” due to its laughable execution but at least it gave us Ryan Reynolds. Fast forward to 2016’s “Deadpool” which began as a fan made CGI action sequence voiced by Reynolds. The fan video received so much attention that Fox greenlit the full production, reworking the sequence frame by frame and including it in the feature length film. As with the first film, “Deadpool 2” was released with an R-rating. Interestingly, Disney rereleased 2018’s “Deadpool 2” in theaters as “Once Upon a Deadpool” with a PG-13 rating. This act left audiences wondering if the next Deadpool film would follow a similar path of censorship.

Adams writes “It remains to be seen how the family-friendly studio will choose to handle the decidedly R-rated Deadpool,” whose first two releases grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. Ideally, Disney should give the fans what they want and let Feige and Reynolds have their way with the franchise. Mickey and Co. should move with the times, do what everyone else is doing and release “Deadpool 3” exclusively on Disney+. It would be the first R-Rated title to premiere on Disney+ and the first R-Rated Deadpool movie to officially debut in the MCU. Would Walt Disney approve of Mickey Mouse endorsing The Merc with the Mouth?