The Disney and 20th Century Fox deal officially goes through and finalizes tonight, and will undoubtedly change the landscape of Marvel films. Ryan Reynolds celebrated the big change in the most Deadpool way possible.
Reynolds took to Instagram and shared an image of Deadpool on a school bus. He’s waving to those outside and you can clearly see the bus says Disney on the side. He’s also wearing some Mickey Mouse ears on his head and captioned the photo with “Feels like the first day of ‘Pool.”
Disney will continue making R-rated Deadpool movies after their acquisition of Fox, but they may not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ryan Reynolds got a proper iteration of the Merc with a Mouth to the big screen in 2016, and gave Fox a lucrative R-rated superhero franchise in the process. But, with Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets nearing completion, Deadpool’s future has repeatedly been called into question.
If Deadpool is ultimately kept out of the MCU, then that would likely mean that fans can expect no R-rated MCU movies in the near future. The MCU is firing on all cylinders right now, and if they don’t believe that a pre-established R-rated franchise with a major movie star at the center can work, then they may never pull the trigger on a more adult superhero film. This could show that the rumors that Black Widow was considered to be a R-rated movie are false. It’s too early to tell what universe Deadpool will be part of once Disney gets hold of it, but it’ll continue in some fashion.