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.
If this is true, I wonder how the fudge it would affect Deadpool? https://t.co/66RNUDU80S
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 6, 2017
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.
— Rob Rogers (@theaginggeek) November 6, 2017
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.
Deadpool and Captain America.
— Bo Toups (@botoups) November 6, 2017
Maybe Deadpool would make frenemies with the Avengers.
— Chris (@Delebrin) November 6, 2017
A deadpool and spiderman movie
— stacey ४ ⎊ (@fireproofloki) November 6, 2017
Or Deadpool could meet up with other characters in the Disney universe, such as Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, or Luke Evans’ Gaston.
Amazing! Creative timeline… @VancityReynolds takes out Jack Sparrow and puts US out of OUR misery before another PofC comes out.
— Joe (@JoelCote_TO) November 6, 2017
I would watch a Deadpool-Gaston teamup.
— Cody Keenan (@codykeenan) November 6, 2017
Deadpool meets the Care Bears is going to kick some major ass #DeadpoolSTARE
— T (@Taymanffb) November 6, 2017
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.
You would have to say fudge a lot in the new movie.
— ⋆ (@OfficialTabitha) November 6, 2017
Did Disney make you say "fudge"?
— Andy Blanchard (@AndyTheBlanch) November 7, 2017
Now Deadpool is family friendly. 😉
— Anna (@NotSoFarEast) November 6, 2017
— Jon Bailey (@EpicVoiceGuy) November 6, 2017
The important question is: Would they allow an R rated Marvel movie?…
— Christian Gloria M. (@christiangloria) November 6, 2017
Don't you let them PG-13 Deadpool. We need a raw and raunchy Wade Wilson, we need a hero who tells us how it is, in the most ridiculous way possible. Bromance with Spider-Man, that's one sided of course, would be great to see though.
— Soggy Toast Cat (@SeraphKittyzL) November 6, 2017
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.