Deadpool and Wolverine: Ryan Reynolds Surprised Disney Allowed R-Rating

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool and Wolverine
Credit: Marvel Studios

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool and Wolverine
Credit: Marvel Studios

Ryan Reynolds recently admitted that he's surprised about Disney allowing the R-rating for Deadpool and Wolverine, just like the first two films under Fox.

When Marvel Studios announced that they were working on a third Deadpool movie following Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, some fans were initially concerned that it might not be R-rated since the MCU films are typically around PG-13.

Fortunately, that wasn't the case at all as Marvel Studios assured that it would retain the R-rated tone. The trailers released so far also iterate that it will still be a violent and raunchy affair.

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Ryan Reynolds Addresses Disney Allowing Deadpool and Wolverine to Be R-Rated

In a recent interview, Reynolds opened up about Deadpool and Wolverine being an R-rated movie, the first in the MCU, and how he's surprised that Disney allowed them to retain the tone of the previous films.

"I hope it doesn’t sound condescending, I’m really proud of them for doing this. I think it’s a huge step for them," he said.

"I mean, it adds a whole other color to this kaleidoscopic wheel that is that company and the different people that they have been entertaining forever. I was surprised though, that they let us go as hard R, but very grateful. I mean there’s no other way to do it."

Reynolds continued, "It really [allowed] us to do anything and everything in a world where anything and everything is possible."

Director Shawn Levy also asserted that it was planned from the very beginning that Deadpool and Wolverine is going to be R-rated.

"We were clear from the get-go. We said, 'Well, the three of us are going to do this and we've got to be truthful to the tone of a Deadpool movie.' That means we're not softening the edges," he explained.

"We're going to be audacious and funny and edgy, the way I know I, as a fan, want from Logan and from Wade Wilson."

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Fortunately for them, the top executives at Disney were fully supportive of their creative vision and the film's R-rating.

Levy added, "I have to say, every time Ryan, Hugh [Jackman], and I went in expecting pushback, we got support from Kevin [Feige], from everyone at Disney. They have trusted us and allowed us to do the version of Deadpool and Wolverine that we feel is best."

Considering that the character of Deadpool has always been associated with R-rating, it would be a mistake for Marvel Studios if they did not follow suit on the upcoming film. Luckily, that did not happen and we can still expect a violent and raunchy tone.

This is also a big step for Marvel Studios since it is their very first R-rated movie and it would be interesting to see whether this will lead to more films with this type of tone moving forward if it ends up becoming a success this summer.

Deadpool and Wolverine is set to arrive in theaters on July 26.

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