With Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox now official, there are a couple of major concerns amongst moviegoers. One being the fact that Disney own yet another of their rivals – this following the purchases of Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios – the other concern being whether, after Fox finally giving their superhero world an adult-driven shake-up, the family-friendly environment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would put the kids gloves back on when it comes to violence, bad language and overall R-rated shenanigans. Now, Disney’s Bog Iger has moved to try and allay some of those concerns.
For years, fans had been clamouring for Wolverine to finally get a movie where he slices through bodies while turning the air blue, and that was what we got with the stunning Logan. That, of course, followed in the path of Deadpool; a movie that embraced the gore, language and “unique” humour of the Merc with a Mouth.
CEO Iger was asked about this predicament during a conference call (as reported by Collider), and he actually responded positively to the prospect of Disney dealing in R-rated superhero efforts. As he put it, “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.”
While the House of Mouse usually isn’t exactly the first company that come to mind when thinking of adult themes and strong R-rated action, they have previously distributed several such films through their Touchstone Pictures arm. The last R-rated picture that they actually produced, however, was way back in 2006 with Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.
Considering Deadpool took home an impressive $780 from a budget of just $58 million, and Logan was the highest grossing X-Men film ever in addition to actually out-grossing ten MCU efforts with its $616 million box office haul, it only makes sense that Disney would want to embrace the definite demand for superhero efforts with that adult-heavy slant.
As ever, expect more on this – and Disney’s latest purchase as a whole – as we get it.