There’s a lot of good news for Marvel fans today. You know, on top of basically every movie coming out being pushed into a mold to conform to the thing you already like.
Something that a lot of people, myself included, were worried about was what Deadpool would look like at Disney. The two Deadpool films were violent, raunchy action films that lovingly highlighted the absurdity of superheroes. They don’t really fit in with Disney’s current philosophy that every film should be Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But we got word today, via Entertainment Weekly, that future Deadpool films will remain gloriously R-Rated.
“We’re always in touch with Ryan,” Wernick said. “We’ve got several projects with him in addition to the Deadpool universe. I think the party line and truth is we’re all still figuring it out. Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU a little bit as well and play in that sandbox. Our feeling and Ryan’s feeling is that it’s got to be the right idea, it’s got to be great… I think once we collectively agree what idea that great idea is we’ll be off to the races. Ryan’s super-busy, we’ve got a lot of projects lined up, but we wake up thinking about Deadpool, and we go to sleep thinking about Deadpool.”
This is good news. We all saw how terrible Once Upon a Deadpool was, even with the added Fred Savage scenes.
Look, I know Marvel movies aren’t up to the standard of, say, Scorsese or Tarantino or Kurosawa, and I give them a lot of shit that they absolutely deserve, but they’re also pretty good. I’ve seen every single one of them and none of them were like, really bad. Not like Inhumans was bad.
Speaking of Inhumans, the reason that show about Fantastic Four supporting characters even got made in the first place was that Ike Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel, had spent a decade trying to replace The X-Men, one of the most popular comic book properties of all time, with The Inhumans because Marvel had sold the movie rights to The X-Men to Fox. Perlmutter is also the guy who ran Edgar Wright off of Ant-Man by inundating him with notes from Brian Michael Bendis, a guy who was only ever good at writing Spider-Man comics but had read Save the Cat and wondered why Ant-Man wasn’t more like that book said it should be. Disney rightly took Marvel Studios away from him after Kevin Feige threatened to quit after similar treatment.
So you’ll be happy to hear that Disney reorganized once again, this time taking comic books, animation and television away from Perlmutter, basically leaving him charge of decisions about licensing and merchandise and giving all creative control of the company to Kevin Feige.