After Avengers: Endgame, there’s only one (comic book) movie that gets me excited like first date, one movie that I’m really really looking forward to: Deadpool 3. And I check the news almost every day. And every time I search for news, all I get are click-baits, misleading headlines, and dead-ends.
So, while waiting for news about the new Deadpool movie to finally arrive (the Disney-Fox merger kind of messed up the continuum in the same way Thanos did messed up the universe when he snapped—therefore Disney is actually Thanos), I tried to be a useful human.
What I did? I read some comics. And I like Cable and Deadpool Annual (2018), where Cable and Deadpool, obviously, try to stop a time-traveling stalker who won’t stop harassing a “time-sliding” woman, who Deadpool initially thought to be his mother. Some sort of Sarah Connor-Terminator 2 reference in there.
There’s also a part where DP lectures the reader and explains the difference between reading comics and watching movies (i.e., passive vs. participatory). All this in the middle of a fight where Cable loses his arm and Deadpool loses his legs to some really nasty wabbits, in a blink and you miss it reference to the Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I also like Deadpool No. 20 (2016), where Deadpool talks out a young girl from jumping off the rooftop of his flat. And he takes her with him, to his job then left her in a place where people who could really help her.
A lot of people say Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 is one of the best out there. This version of X-Force features Wolverine, Psylocke, Fantomex, Archangel and Deadpool. I’ve only finished The Apocalypse Solution and it’s good. But more than Rick Remender’s story, what I really like is the art, by Jerome Opena. Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 is probably one of the few comics where Psylocke isn’t depicted in a very hyper-sexualized manner. And while Remender’s storytelling is sometimes hard to follow, his characters and dialogue are quite well written. Read that bit about Hemingway below.
Going back to the MCU, Marvel has already announced the slate for Phase 4. Yet, no news on the next Deadpool movie despite the fact that Disney already confirmed that they’ll keep making Deadpool movies and leave the character as it is.
A PG-13 Deadpool?
This is also what most people got wrong. They’re expecting Deadpool to be in Phase 4, that Marvel will integrate the Regenerating Degenerate into the MCU. Deadpool can’t be the same R-rated, fourth-wall breaking merc if he IS IN the MCU. He has to be in another universe. Though it’s entirely possible for DP to be in an MCU movie—for him to be in Avengers movie—as a supporting character. But he will be a less raunchy version of the Merc with a Mouth, no breaking the fourth wall, no blood, gore, profanity, not even bleeping his own f-words. But he could still be funny, in a very PG-13 kind of way. Just imagine Guardians of the Galaxy. But Marvel needs better writer(s) for that to work.
Still, R-rated Deadpool is the way to go. And it doesn’t have to be Disney/Marvel branded. There are so many comic book movies for kids already. Let the the mature audience have what they want and need: an R-rated Deadpool movie. And if Mickey Mouse has to have some balls, now’s the time to grow ’em. And give us an R-rated Blade movie and X-Force as well.