When everyone's favourite assassin man-child was bought by Disney following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox film studios in 2019, many fans were worried that the hero's next outing would be considerably nerfed in order to appeal to a younger audience.
However, it would seem that the vulgar but lovable antihero played by Ryan Reynolds will still keep his spirit strong in his next outing, as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has revealed that Deadpool 3 will be rated R (15s by Irish film standards).
Speaking to entertainment site Collider, Mr. Feige revealed not only the film's rating, but that Deadpool would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, alongside other heroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
He said: 'It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s (Reynolds) overseeing a script right now… It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor.'
'We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun,' he added.
Feige added that Deadpool will be a very different type of character in the MCU, and referred to the film's star as 'a force of nature.'
Many fans took to Twitter to express their relief and joy at the sequel keeping its R rating:
Since Deadpool 3 is gonna be Rated R (Big W). Can we go ahead and make Blade Rated R and could y’all make Moon Knight a little edgier for me🤔— EternalsTalks (⊃∪ ∩⪽) (@EternalsTalks) January 11, 2021
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Honestly, at this point, what would be the point of changing what works, you know? Feige understands fan service very well. Glad they’re officially moving forward on Deadpool 3. #Truth https://t.co/EHW1L2mBkN— Nerdalorian (@Nerduoso) January 12, 2021
Deadpool 3, dans le MCU. C'est beau.— . (@Mr__Dillon) January 12, 2021
Ryan Reynolds also took to Twitter to jokingly explain how they managed to get Deadpool 3 approved by Marvel Studios: 'Full disclosure: I showed them Spiderman 1 & 2 and told them it was Deadpool 1 & 2.'
The first Deadpool film was released in early 2016 and won fans over with its high-octane violence and humour, especially Deadpool's ability to directly address the audience and taking pot-shots at other famous superheroes.
It was followed by a similarly well-regarded sequel in 2018, which saw Deadpool travel through time and lead his own superhero team… with hilariously disastrous results.
Deadpool 3 will be written by sisters Wendy Molyneaux and Lizzie Molyneaux-Logelin, who served as writers on the animated comedy show Bob's Burgers.
Deadpool won't be the first Marvel property in recent years to be R rated - various Netflix shows made by Marvel, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones and The Punisher, were aimed at adult audiences, but all have since been cancelled, with Disney opting to make more shows on its Disney+ platform.
Marvel's WandaVision, which follows the heroes Scarlet Witch and The Vision, will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, while actor Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars) has been confirmed to play the mentally unstable superhero Moon Knight in his own Disney+ series.
Given that Deadpool is fully aware that he is in a comic (or in the case of the films, a cinematic universe), it will be interesting to see him play off the other more serious heroes in the MCU.