Ever since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox earlier this year, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been clamoring for news regarding the iconic characters that are now under their control.
Now fully in control of legendary Marvel Comics characters such as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, it’s only a matter of when — not if — these characters are integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, of all of those characters, it’s arguably the most famous — Wolverine — that presents the biggest challenge.
With Deadpool already established and the Fantastic Four in desperate need of a reboot, Disney’s options when it comes to those properties are quite obvious. Wolverine’s future is not as clear, though, as the character has been a comic book film mainstay for the last 20 years, concluding with Hugh Jackman’s epic performance in the wildly successful Logan.
And according to recent rumors, Disney may opt to stay the course with Wolverine, as they’ve not only been rumored to be trying to work Hugh Jackman back into the fold, but they’re also reportedly considering making their future Wolverine franchise R-Rated.
According to our sources – the same ones who told us Ewan McGregor was returning as Obi-Wan in a Disney Plus show, and that a Green Lantern TV series was coming to HBO Max – Marvel is now considering an R-rated Wolverine movie for Phase 6 that would follow the Weapon X arc. This 1991 story was a milestone moment for the character in the comics and featured Wolverine’s capture, his adamantium infusion and subsequent violent escape. [via We Got This Covered]
Given that the Deadpool writers have already confirmed that Disney will allow them to continue making R-Rated films, applying the same logic to Wolverine — a character who has already succeeded in the R-Rated market with Logan — would be a shrewd move from Disney, as it will offer fans something outside of the steadfastly PG-13 MCU.
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