After the massive successful of, which is the highest-grossing installment of the X-Men films, there have been a couple superhero films jumping on the rated-R bandwagon. Disney’s Marvel division, however, won’t be following suit.
According to Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller, Disney CEO Bob Iger responded to a shareholder comment about Deadpool:
We don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies.
Since debuting in theaters on February 12th, Deadpool’s worldwide box office total has surpassed $621 million. The Matrix Reloaded currently holds the record for highest-grossing R-rated film with more than $742 million, though Deadpool already bested its all-time domestic record of $281.6 million. In recent weeks, it’s been revealed that Hugh Jackman’s third Wolverine movie (second with director James Mangold) is planning for an R rating, and Warner Bros. has teased an R-rated director’s cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The darkest Disney’s Marvel universe has ever gotten has been with its Netflix Defenders series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and (by the looks of it) Daredevil season 2. It is interesting that Iger promises no R-rated movies, considering that the rights to Blade, Ghost Rider, and Punisher reverted back to Disney’s Marvel Studios in 2013. Frank Castle has notably joined Netflix’s Daredevil by way of Jon Bernthal, but we still haven’t heard anything on the other two. Those Nic Cage-led films weren’t R, but Wesley Snipes’ film run as the vampiric vampire hunter was.
At least at this point in time, it looks like we won’t be seeing an R-rated Blade reboot. Then again, the Arrow producers promised to steer clear from the superhuman realm when the series started out and now look at them. We’ll see how strong Disney’s convictions are, even if it’s Disney we’re talking about here.
At least, it looks like Deadpool 2 is pretty much guaranteed.