Ryan Reynolds’ debut as Deadpool in 2016 saw the revival of R-rated superhero movies. While the 90s saw Blade cutting down vampires, most modern superhero flicks were cautiously family focused. But does the Merc with the Mouth need to be R-rated to be successful?
In an interview with Inverse, Deadpool director Tim Miller claimed the movies don't need to be r-rated. While the more adult rating does allow more flexibility, it’s not what makes the film series popular. Instead, that popularity is mostly due to the acting prowess of Ryan Reynolds.
Tim Miller says Deadpool just needs Ryan Reynolds
The integration of the Merc with the Mouth into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has worried some fans. While the mainline film series will remain R-rated, the character will inevitably end up interacting with the MCU. When the character meets the likes of Spider-Man and Captain America, he'll obviously be more family friendly.
Miller was asked if he believes the character can exist in the MCU without raunchy jokes and crude words. The director responded that everything will be fine as long as Ryan Reynolds is still involved.
“I do. I think Ryan Reynolds' take on the character and the way he embraces the particular kind of insanity — even if you said he's not gonna use four-letter words — would still be there. He still is that character. You can take the R-rated parts out of it if you wanted and it would still be Deadpool if Ryan was doing it.”
What's next for the character?
Deadpool 3 is currently in the works at Disney to continue the beloved superhero franchise. No plot details have been released regarding the upcoming third movie, but it's expected to be a direct follow-up.
After the third movie is released, Reynolds is reportedly looking to create an X-Force movie. While the film is just rumoured at the moment, Reynolds was working on the film before Disney's Fox acquisition.