Deadpool‘s success is undeniable. It’s a huge middle finger for any studio suit that believed Tim Miller’s faithful adaptation wouldn’t succeed at the box office. It did, and then some. As it stands, Deadpool has earned $282 million worldwide, breaking numerous records for a Rated R superhero flick. Its success will undoubtedly bring change to the landscape of the superhero genre as moviegoers have proved, once again, that there’s a strong desire for more than cookie-cutter material.
So what can we expect moving forward? Well, there’s already a Rated R Spawn reboot in the works, which if you’ve seen the original, you’re aware of how great this character is. Given the right story, Spawn could easily stand as a viable film. But as it relates to 20th Century Fox, the studio already has their sights set on the final Wolverine installment accompanied with a R rating. During Toy Fair 2016, Fox hinted at the possibility with a pamphlet handed out to those in attendance. Wolverine 3 is listed with a March 3, 2017 release along with an anticipated MPAA rating.
It’s an interesting move, but one that makes sense. The studio will no doubt explore more adult-oriented material with Deadpool 2 and the impending X-Force film, and if anything about the X-Men universe screamed R – it was Wolverine. Hugh Jackman has starred as the titular hero for 15 years now, which means most of his fanbase has aged considerably. It’s totally right that he get one final run with an appropriate approach. Maybe we can finally get the worthy Deadpool x Wolverine reunion we all deserve.
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox