‘Deadpool’ Creator Talks About Why He’s Still Nervous About That MCU Debut
One of the most important characters acquired in the Fox acquisition, the Deadpool creator talks about why he’s still nervous about that MCU debut.
Disney’s acquisition of Fox was one of the most important for the MCU, as it brought some of Marvel’s most iconic characters back home to the Marvel family.
The X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and more were acquired in the sale and opened up the possibilities for the MCU to expand on some of Marvel comics’ most iconic characters.
Some of these former Fox characters will make their MCU debut as soon as 2023, with Fantastic Four set to be the Jon Watts-helmed final film of Marvel’s lauded Phase Four.
But it wasn’t the Fantastic Four, or the X-Men, that perhaps represented Fox’s most successful Marvel character; that honor would most likely be held by the Merc with a Mouth.
Ryan Reynolds Deadpool was a raunchy comedy that explore one of Marvel’s most interesting, and completely unfiltered- characters, and gave fans a project that was equal parts hilarious as it was comic book accurate.
What has been a constant question since the acquisition, however, is whether or not Marvel- which is owned and operated by Walt Disney Studios- can do justice to a Superhero franchise that is defined by its willingness to be rather adult.
These concerns are shared by the man responsible for his existence, as the Deadpool creator talks about why he’s nervous about that MCU debut.
In an interview on The Big Things Podcast, Rob Liefeld stated, “Am I nervous? YES! Of course, I am. Look man, I don’t know what’s going on. And that answer actually set off my dog. I yelled too hard. I scared him.”
Leifeld continued, “Do I trust that Disney going to make an R-rated movie Can you wake me up in two years and show me that it worked?”
Leifeld concluded by, whatever happens in the development of the next installment of the Deadpool franchise, they need to rely on the star of the film to carry it through.
“The thing about Disney and Deadpool, look, my thing is, just get out of Ryan Reynolds way.” Leifeld concluded, “His imprimatur is so felt on both films, he lives those films, he’s at those fan screenings, he’s in the editing room, he’s giving copious notes.”
The fear from the Deadpool creator is understandable, and one can only hope that Disney will heed his warning, and allow Reynolds to control the kind of film they develop.