Feb 07

Disney CEO promises to keep making R-rated ‘Deadpool’ movies

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Deadpool is officially welcome in the Magic Kingdom.

On the heels of Disney’s upcoming acquisition of 21st Century Fox, many Deadpool fans wondered about how the “merc with the mouth,” played by Ryan Reynolds, would fare under the Disney umbrella, and on Tuesday, they got their answer.

In a call with investors, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger promised that the company would continue making R-rated Deadpool movies and other adult-oriented Marvel adventures after it absorbs much of Fox.

“We will continue in that business,” said Iger, according to Variety, “There’s certainly popularity” with those types of films.

Popularity, yes — as in big box office revenues.  2016’s Deadpool remains the second-highest-grossing R-rated film ever in the U.S., with $363 million in revenue domestically and $783.1 million worldwide.  Deadpool 2, released last year, is the fifth highest-grossing R-rated movie domestically, with $324.5 million, $785.9 million globally.  And don’t forget 2017’s Logan, Hugh Jackman’s R-rated swan song as Wolverine, which grossed $619 million worldwide for Fox.

Even so, Iger also hinted that any R-rated films wouldn’t necessarily be released under the Marvel or Disney banners, so as to ensure “careful branding [of R-rated films]…so we’re not in any way confusing the consumer.”

Disney’s massive $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox hasn’t been finalized, but is expected to close near the end of January.

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