When Deadpool rocked contemporary media with its sass and its swear words, nerds all over were thrilled by the prospect of more of their favourite characters getting the same kind of treatment in future. It has long been the dream of comic readers to see the grim, gritty twists and turns from many of books come to life on the big screen. Until Deadpool, almost all the films from the Marvel universe were a solid, family friendly PG-13.
And, sadly, it does not look like that is going to change any time soon.
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has already spoken openly about never producing something that won’t be accessible to younger viewers. This seems fair, given Disney’s primary target audience is comprised of children.
This leaves it largely down to Fox and Warner Bros to choose – or not – to follow in Deadpool‘s footsteps. But while it’s not totally out of the question, it doesn’t look likely to happen soon.
In an interview with Deadline, Marvel president Kevin Feige made it clear that there were no serious discussions happening right now about making a second R-rated superhero movie based in the Marvel universe. He explained that he doesn’t believe the Deadpool‘s success depended on its rating. While it may have benefited from some of the freedom an R-rating can offer, that was only one factor among many which made it so popular and unique.
Just because those talks aren’t happening now, though, doesn’t mean they won’t.
The third standalone Wolverine movie is yet to be granted a finalised rating. Given it is said to be based on Mark Millar‘s Old Man Logan comic arc – famously one of the darkest stories in all of Marvel history – it makes sense that it would have be geared far more towards a mature audience. So there’s that to look forward to, due in spring 2017.
In the meantime, fans of the adult oriented stuff will have to make do with Nelfix‘s darker output, with shows like Jessica Jones, Daredevil and the upcomic spinoff series for Punisher.