It was definitely fun seeing Wade Wilson throwing jabs at both the MCU and DCEU in Deadpool 2‘s latest trailer. We all love how the Merc with a Mouth gets real with his fourth-wall-breaking habits. However, while Deadpool 2‘s R-rating gives it freedom, Fox actually had to censor a joke out of the film.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds just recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly to help promote the film’s sequel. During the interview with the publication, Reynolds revealed Fox had him cut a joke that was actually aimed at Disney.
“This is a sore spot for me because there’s a joke in the movie that is not in the movie now because — I’m probably not even allowed to say this — Fox made me take it out… It had more to do with Disney, and they made me take it out. As I look back at it, I think maybe that was a wise decision.”
So many were concerned over the Deadpool franchise after news came out that Disney was acquiring Fox. Sure fans might be able to see the X-Men make their way to the MCU. However, the merger could also tone down Deadpool’s antics.
Disney has always been a family friendly company. Marvel fans still remember a time in the MCU where Tony Stark was an alcoholic womanizer. That was before Disney acquired Marvel. Now he’s married and barely even drinks.
Despite these concerns, Reynolds tries to remain optimistic about the merger.
“I really genuinely don’t know a thing about it… I read that [chairman and CEO] Bob Iger felt that there’s plenty of room in that universe to have a rated-R character like Deadpool. This is completely conjecture on my part, but I wouldn’t imagine that Disney bought Fox to dismantle it or something like that. I think that Disney bought Fox so it could have that in its arsenal.”
For now, Deadpool can just stay the way it is. We should probably start worrying about changes to come once the Disney/Fox deal is finalized. We’ll just have to wait for the acquisition to be over to find out what happens to Deadpool and the X-Men.
Deadpool 2 comes out May 18.