Expect to see more R-rated Deadpool films, according to Variety - even after the Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets is complete. During a call with investors, Disney Chairman/CEO re-itterated that Disney plans to do R-rated Marvel movies - following the "popularity" of the Deadpool franchise, the Hollywood trade reports.
"We will continue in that business," Iger said. "There's certainly popularity [with those types of films.]"
Iger reportedly "hinted" that the R-rated films wouldn't be released under the current Disney or Marvel Studios, but that efforts would be made to ensure "carefully branding [R-rated films]…so we’re not in any way confusing the consumer."
Back in December 2017, Iger said there would be "opportunity" for R-rated Marvel films.
"[Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel-branded," Iger said then. "But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”
While no Marvel Studios film has been produced with an R-rating, several of the Netflix shows including Jessica Jones have carried a TV-MA rating - which is in effect the television equivalent of an R-rating, as the Federal Communications Commission classifies it as a "program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17."
Disney has released a number of R-rated films through various subsidaries such as Miramax, Dimension Films, and Touchstone Pictures over the years including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Trainspotting, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, Scream, Bad Santa, Con Air, Pretty Woman, and Starship Troopers.
20th Century Fox has produced three R-rated X-Men films - Deadpool, Logan, and Deadpool 2.