“Deadpool” fans can look forward to “Once Upon a Deadpool,” a censored retelling of “Deadpool 2” by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios. This marks a time of experimentation for the Deadpool series as it steps out of its R rating.
“Once Upon a Deadpool” will be in select theaters Dec. 12-Dec. 24, with one dollar from every ticket sold going to Fudge Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to prevention and support for cancer patients.
Ryan Reynolds made his first appearance as Wade Wilson, the man behind the alter-ego Deadpool, in X-men Origins: Wolverine. Fans said the movie’s rendition of Deadpool — a silent killing machine with his mouth sewn shut — wasn’t true to the character.
He made his first solo appearance in “Deadpool” (2016), an R-rated film directed by Tim Miller. The movie explored Wade Wilson’s origins as a mercenary and his eventual cancer diagnosis. After unknowingly volunteering himself for human experimentation and awakening healing abilities that would battle the cancer within his body perpetually, he begins to hunt down the people who wronged him.
“Deadpool 2” (2018) continues the trend of action-packed comedy. After killing the remaining evildoers and witnessing the death of his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Wade (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself caught in a dilemma: save a volatile, superpowered boy from the time traveler Cable (Josh Brolin) or run the risk of him wreaking havoc on the world.
Directed by David Leitch, the director for “Deadpool 2,” “Once Upon a Deadpool” will see scenes cut from the original. However, this version will add new scenes and more actors. “Once Upon a Deadpool” will have 20 minutes of new footage and be 3 minutes shorter than the original R-rated “Deadpool 2.”
Some of the cast from “Deadpool 2,” including Reynolds, Brolin and Zazie Beetz (Domino), will be in the film. The first trailer revealed Fred Savage (“The Princess Bride” and “The Wonder Years”) made an appearance in the film as the captive audience to whom Deadpool reads the retold story.
With Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, fans are theorizing the creation of a PG-13 Deadpool movie could mean a testing of the waters for a family-friendly crossover between the established Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Deadpool. With the R-rated iterations of the character being a little too heavy-handed for younger audiences, Disney’s main demographic, the experimentation appears calculated. Backed-up by Disney CEO Bob Iger’s recent comment about Marvel Studios’ producer Kevin Feige overseeing Fox content in the future, it seems like a valid theory.
The idea of having Deadpool in the MCU is interesting, to say the least. The interactions Deadpool has had with other Marvel characters, such as Wolverine and Spider-Man, along with his fourth-wall breaking abilities would make for some interesting comedic situations. Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox and the X-Men, along with their deal with Sony for Spider-Man’s movie rights, puts Deadpool in a perfect spot for such a crossover to happen. Hopefully the executives at Marvel headquarters are having the same idea.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Deadpool’s crossover possibilities, but for the time-being “Once Upon a Deadpool” can tide viewers over.