The massive news out of the entertainment world this week is that Disney is actually buying massive portions of Fox, including the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The deal also includes Deadpool, one of the most successful superhero characters in Fox's history, and that means the Merc With a Mouth has to now find his way at the House of Mouse.
Weeks ago, before the deal was closed, both Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld expressed concern over what might happen to the character's cinematic career. Liefield even wrote an appeal to Fox's owners in an attempt to keep them from selling off the character. Now that the deal is closed, Liefeld is more optimistic. Speaking to Comicbook.com, he elaborated on his hopes for the deal, and praised Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger for his insights into what Deadpool has to offer.
"[Disney CEO] Bob Iger didn’t deliver this unprecedented level of historic success for Disney by accident," Liefeld said. "This man gets it. He understands the culture and more importantly he understands the concerns of the fans. Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool? The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan’s Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base."
Iger has already expressed that he hopes to keep Deadpool part of an R-rated franchise, something that could have been in jeopardy after the deal with family-friendly Disney. Reynolds and Liefeld are both clearly encouraged by the deal, and while nothing is certain at this point, it's at least heartening to see them both jumping on board.
Liefeld also chimed in via Twitter on the deal, noting he's cautiously optimistic about Deadpool's future — and is really pulling for a dynamite take on the Fantastic Four.