Disney recently confirmed that the X-Men, including Wolverine and Deadpool, will be part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal. Announcing the deal, the Mouse House CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the newly acquired Marvel characters will join MCU.
"We're also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool," Iger confirmed. This took the internet by storm and fans began speculating how the X-Men universe will transpire following acquisition, especially Deadpool.
Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds showed his concern with an epic troll and the internet was floored by the ready reaction. The actor, in his iconic way, shared a picture of Deadpool arrested at Disney World.
He captioned the picture: "Apparently you can't actually blow the Matterhorn." This got a lot of tongues wagging, however, James Gunn was extremely impressed by the instant reaction. The Guardians of the Galaxy star took to Twitter to not only retweet the picture but also welcomed the actor and his R-Rated team on board.
"I love that you had this photo ready to go, @VancityReynolds. This dude is PREPARED," he tweeted after posting, "While there are many aspects to Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets, I am personally incredibly happy about it, for obvious reason. Welcome home, old friends."
Ever since the news broke out, fans of the R-Rated movie have split opinions about bringing Deadpool under the Disney banner. While there are obvious crossover speculations, many are concerned about the treatment of the movie.
Kingsman creator Mark Miller took to Twitter to address the news and shared his thoughts on the acquisition. "Good for Disney, bad for Fox as extra levels of bureaucracy creep into creative," Millar said. "Also bad for talent as agents have one less studio bidding for projects. I see zero upside to this, beautiful gambles like Deadpool never happening at Disney," he added.
Good for Disney, bad for Fox as extra levels of bureaucracy creep into creative. Also bad for talent as agents have one less studio bidding for projects. I see zero upside to this, beautiful gambles like Deadpool never happening at Disney. https://t.co/pGJjDbC8YN— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) December 14, 2017
I think I'm also alone in not really caring about seeing all the franchises crossing over. Too many characters just becomes impenetrable to a mainstream audience. Marvel's simplicity has been a great strength.— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) December 14, 2017
A final thought: If Marvel had X-Men & FF 5 years ago would they have made Guardians or Ant-Man? Disney will only make specific number per year. I hope the audience doesn't lose more unique projects now.— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) December 14, 2017
Regardless, I have close friends at both studios and hope this works out well (just as I wished my Marvel publishing pals well when Disney took them over in 2009).— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) December 14, 2017
However, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld told Comicbook.com he did not share the same concern. "Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool? The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan's Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base."
He added, "I can't wait to see how Deadpool will eventually be inserted into the greater Marvel Pantheon. I'm sure Bob Iger and Kevin Feige have some great tricks up their sleeves. Exciting times!"
It is only in time that we'll know what could happen to the Deadpool series and what the X-Men future looks like. However, Iger has tried to put a rest to these concerns with this statement.
"It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool,. As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine," Iger said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.