The Deadpool franchise has been a considerable success for 20th Century Fox, succeeding as an R rated franchise where many comic book projects failed. This is largely in part to Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds’ vision for the character, lifting the lovable Merc with a Mouth from Rob Liefeld’s pages and letting him run free in a Fourth Wall-shattering silver screen sandbox. The first film’s $783 million worldwide gross is nothing to turn your nose at: this character connected with a LOT of people.
BUT. But. Hear me out, friends: what if Deadpool was a PG-13 franchise? Would that be so bad? Would it hamper the filmmakers’ ability to tell Wade Wilson’s story? Consider these points:
- A PG-13 Deadpool would reach the coveted teenage demographic, elevating Deadpool to Four Quadrant status and sending Box Office sales soaring.
- It could make fun of the PG-13 sandbox, opening a new field of comedy and adding a layer that might prevent the series from going stale.
- A PG-13 Deadpool would have a longer shelf life beyond theaters, as the series lives on with younger viewers enamored by DP’s irreverence.
- A PG-13 Deadpool would have its humor constrained and could result in a less innovative product.
- A PG-13 Deadpool could alienate the series existing audience, resulting in fewer ticket sales.
- By abandoning what made the series work, a PG-13 Deadpool might be forgettable in the same way Alien 3 was.
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