The Merc with a Mouth has already shot box office records with a domestic 361.9 million, and for such a restrictive age rating, it has come to beating the likes for Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and even every other X-Men film before that.
For such a critically-acclaimed and fan-adored film, the versatility to allow Deadpool all of this work comes from the freedom of said “R” rating, proving time again, comic book films can be well-received and gain a following with regardless of age-group (Dredd fans, raise your fists!)
However, current Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige believes otherwise with the success of the film. A Q&A with Deadline asked if R-rated films may be more common now from Marvel Studios since Deadpool has proven its success.
“No, we’ve not had any specific conversations about that.”
Then what does he theorize to be behind Deadpool’s success?
“That is only part of the takeaway from ‘Deadpool.’ The thing that ‘Deadpool’ shows is, when you present something unique to an audience, they will respond to it. When you present something as popular as a superhero character, in a different and unique and crazy way as they did in ‘Deadpool,’ it demands attention and audiences went to it.”
Continuing his thoughts, Feige brought up that the reason was that Deadpool was just interpreted the way he was meant to be:
“The other secret, and why it’s still a secret, I don’t know, but they just took what Deadpool is in the comics, He breaks the fourth wall. He talks into the camera. He doesn’t give a shit about any of the other heroes. He doesn’t take anything seriously. All of that is what made Deadpool so popular in the comics…. We’ve always said if there’s any ‘secret’ it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was. ‘Deadpool’ hit on all cylinders with that.”
Feige then gave some admirable credit to the work of Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds in the film:
“They pulled it off. Tim Miller did a tremendous job. Tim and his writers and Ryan Reynolds were able to get that and even magnify that up on the big screen.”
Deadpool is available to purchase on Digital HD, already at one million units sold.
Deadpool synopsis: Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
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