Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool Fans Worry R-Rated Hero Will Get Disneyfied After Proposed Fox Merger

“Don’t you let them PG-13 Deadpool!” one fan responds to actor

When reports surfaced Monday that Twenty-First Century Fox has engaged in talks to sell most of the company to Disney, Ryan Reynolds and other fans were quick to ask: What “the fudge” will happen to Deadpool, Fox’s R-rated superhero franchise?

“If this is true, I wonder how the fudge it would affect Deadpool?” series star Reynolds tweeted on Monday.

Many “Deadpool” fans had potential answers, worrying that the Merc with a Mouth will be Disneyfied if the two media giants go through with a merger.

Other fans proposed crossovers between Deadpool and other MCU characters, such as Iron-Man, Thor and Captain America who currently fall under Disney’s Marvel Studios umbrella.

Or Deadpool could meet up with other characters in the Disney universe, such as Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, or Luke Evans’ Gaston.

But mainly, other fans became worried that the R-rated superhero film will be more monitored and censored, given that “Deadpool” was full of foul language and dirty jokes.




On Monday, CNBC reported that Fox had engaged in talks last month to potentially sell most of the company to Disney.

The deal would involve Fox’s movie studio (which includes the film rights to the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four) and TV production business, which would leave Rupert Murdoch’s media empire focused primarily on news and sports, according to CNBC’s David Faber.

In addition international assets, such as Star and BSkyB, he reported that Disney is seeking to add Fox-owned cable networks such as FX and Nat Geo.

The discussions have taken place over the last few weeks, CNBC reported, but there is no guarantee that they will result in a deal.