Deadpool Will Be The Only Fox X-Men Character Disney Don’t Reboot

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Fans of Ryan Reynolds unite; if you thought Disney’s acquisition of Fox would see the end of Deadpool as you know it, you’d be dead wrong…

As of midnight on Tuesday (March 19), 21st Century Fox officially became part of Disney, with the longstanding acquisition finally completed.

Along with the acquisition came many questions about the future of hit movies such as Deadpool, X-Men and Avatar – all of which Disney now has the rights to.

But for those worrying that this marked the end of some of our favourite characters, worry no more. As long as your favourite character is Deadpool, that is.

The Hollywood Reporter reported an update on Fox’s X-Men characters in the wake of the Disney and Fox deal officially going into effect, mentioning the future of Deadpool specifically.

According to the publication, Reynolds’ hilariously deadpan, foul-mouthed version of Wade Wilson is expected to stay exactly the same following the acquisition – despite members of the X-Men universe getting re-cast and rebooted in different ways.

Thankfully, the studio isn’t planning on toning down everyone’s favourite Merc with a Mouth; Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed they will continue to make the R-rated films, along with other adult-focused Marvel films.

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Speaking to Variety, Iger said ‘we will continue in that business,’ and added ‘there’s certainly popularity’ with films like Deadpool.

The CEO also added, however, that these films won’t be released under the ‘traditional’ Marvel or Disney banners. Instead, the studio will be ‘carefully branding [R-rated films]… so we’re not in any way confusing the consumer’.

Reynolds himself has already expressed his excitement about the move to Disney, tweeting a hilarious picture of Deadpool sporting a lovely pair of Mickey Mouse ears.

Take a look:

So what is in store for Ryan Reynolds’ red-suited superhero? The Canadian actor has already shared his thoughts on where the franchise should go.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds said:

I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I don’t think that you can keep doing that.

Reynolds added that, for Deadpool to return in a third solo film, the next instalment would need to ‘break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no-one else can do’.

Sounds like something the actor can handle though, tbqh.

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Lucy Connolly

Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).