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Deadpool 3 writers re-confirm R-Rating: "this is not going to be the Disney-fied Deadpool"

The writers of the first two Deadpool films talk about returning and working with Disney
A man in a Deadpool costume with his hands on his face in mock surprise. Deadpool 2 still
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What will the notoriously R-Rated Deadpool from the Fox-era X-Men universe look like now that it's under the Disney/Marvel Studios umbrella?

Just as much adult action and humor as the past Deadpool and Deadpool 2, according to Rhett Reese and Paul Werneck, writers of all three Deadpool films. Yes, that means it'll be R-Rated.

"They are gonna let Deadpool be Deadpool, you know?" Reese tells The Playlist. (https://theplaylist.net/deadpool-3-writers-say-the-film-is-staying-r-rated-marvel-wont-make-a-disney-fied-deadpool-20220606/) "It’s not like any particular joke may be the one that they say, ‘you know, that’s too far,’ that could happen, but to this point, it’s been nothing but support."

With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness already officially opening the forbidden door (to borrow a phrase from pro wrestling) between the Fox/X-Men era and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool 3 is looking like it'll be able to go back and forth between the twt. "It’s been nothing but, ‘how can we help you?’ ‘What from our universe would you like to use? How, how can we make your life easy?’ And we’re gonna let Deadpool be Deadpool. We’re not… this is not going to be the Disney-fied Deadpool," Reese continues. "So they’re awesome, and now it’s up to us to come through and justify that faith."

When asked specifically about that vaunted R-Rating, Reese says he has been told Deadpool 3 can be R-Rated.

“We want to make it great,” Reese continued, explaining the delay a little. “We’re in the laboratory working on it with Ryan Reynolds all the time, and we’re very much entertaining ourselves. So, hopefully, that translates and ultimately will entertain the world. But you know, it’s a marriage between Fox and Disney and it’s two different universes and it’s not easy. But it’s also a wonderful challenge and, you know, high-class problems to be able to merge those, those worlds. So, we’re, we’re enjoying it.”

"They’re not gonna mess with the tone. I mean, I’d never say never, I guess there’s an outside chance, but we’ve always been told it can be R-[rated], and we’re proceeding as if it’s R," says Reese. "We would like it to be R, we always have, so I don’t think that’ll change."

Wernick even joked that there's an F-bomb in the script's title page. "Dead Fucking Pool!"

While Disney is known for 'family-friendly fare' and Marvel Studios has yet to make an R-Rated film, Disney has released R-Rated films in the past - such as the recent films Nightmare Alley, Stuber, and Antlers, but also films such as Pretty Woman and G.I. Jane.

When the Marvel Studios' rendition of Deadpool was announced in 2020, Werneck and Reese's names weren't attached - instead, two other writers were named. Reese and Werneck admits there was issues, but its worked out.

"It just came down the way it did, but we’re thrilled to be back is the bottom line," saya Reese. "We just couldn’t be happier where we are right now in the mad scientist lab creating fun stuff and hopefully, we’ll get a movie out to you guys soon."

Deadpool 3 by director Shawn Levy, actor/producer/ Ryan Reynolds, and writers Rheet Reese and Paul Werneck, is currently in the scripting phase with no release date announced.

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