A family-friendly merc with a mouth? David Leitch who directed Deadpool 2 has hinted that the next movie in the franchise will not necessarily be R rated. “It’s rated R so that’s not necessarily the MCU brand,” said Leitch to Yahoo Movies. “But he doesn’t necessarily need to be R and Disney don’t necessarily need to only make PG-13 movies. I think we’ll find a happy ground.”
These statements come in a phase when it is not yet clear whether Deadpool will be incorporated into the MCU or not. This is an appealing move for marvel as the popular comic characters interact regularly with other Marvel heroes such as the X-Men and Spiderman and the MCU can naturally make these kinds of interactions easier to create.
In the past, Marvel president Kevin Feige has said that they will not change Deadpool.
Recently Once Upon A Deadpool – a toned down PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 – was received positively and may indicate that taking the franchise in this direction may work. The director has already shown interests in teaming Deadpool with Blade who, as announced recently, will be portrayed in its MCU reboot by Mahershala Ali.
Time will tell whether the anarchic mercenary will hold his tongue, the other MCU characters will learn to tolerate him or some kind of compromise will be reached.