Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed the news during his CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas, after showing some of Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds’ tweets riffing on the Disney-Fox merger.
Feels like the first day of ‘Pool. pic.twitter.com/QVy8fCxgqr
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 19, 2019
“You’ll be seeing more of Deadpool in the years to come,” Horn said.
Now, it might seem obvious that Disney would want to hang on to a property that requires relatively low investment for a high financial reward, but some fans were worried that Deadpool’s necessary adult tone doesn’t fit with the Mouse House’s family friendly vibe.
Disney+, the studio’s streaming service, seems to be a major priority at the moment, and that won’t ever carry adult-oriented content, with the emphasis on family friendly movies and shows.
But it appears Disney has room for the Merc with the mouth, presumably in cinemas and on Blu-ray, as opposed to showing up on Disney+.
And it seems like Ryan Reynolds will continue to play the character – we’re not sure if Horn would have shown Reynolds’ tweets if he was planning on recasting.
That’s lucky, as Chris Hemsworth already welcomed Reynolds to the MCU, in the form of a Thor/Deadpool mash-up image on Instagram.
The presentation also included a sizzle reel, which included a shot of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine (though we doubt he’ll return to the character, following Logan’s perfect send-off), confirming – as if there was ever any doubt – that the X-Men will be a priority for the studio.
Their inclusion in the MCU will be a significant part of the post-Avengers landscape. We’d expect the X-Men to get their own separate phase-based universe.