Simon Kinberg is one of Twentieth Century Fox’s most important producers, especially when it comes to the superhero genre. Fox have a Marvel Universe of sorts of their own. They own the film rights to characters like the X-Men and Deadpool. This is why if you read a comic like Avengers vs X-Men you will see characters like Cyclops sharing the page with Captain America but never the screen. Just to clear up something that I think some casual superhero fans find confusing, Marvel Studios do not own the film rights to Wolverine and the X-Men which is why for the foreseeable future at least we won’t see them sharing a cinematic universe. However, as we have seen with the situation regarding Spider-Man and Sony this can change. For some time Sony owned the film rights to Marvel’s most iconic comicbook character depriving fans of seeing Spidey on the big screen with the rest of the Marvel Studios characters. Marvel Studios and Sony came to terms on the character agreeing to share him, Sony and Marvel would collaborate on the solo movies and the wall-crawler would enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.
Kinberg co-wrote and produced a number of Fox’s Marvel projects including X-Men Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four. He also produced the upcoming Gambit and Deadpool. So it is fair to say that if anyone is to know anything about Deadpool it’s him. Regarding the current cut of the movie Kinberg had this to say: “I have seen a rough cut of Deadpool and it’s fantastic. It’s a really good movie. It delivers on the promise of the trailer…We really committed and leaned into it being R-rated.” This is great news for fans of Deadpool comics, a while back it was looking like Fox may chicken out and make it a little softer than you would expect from a movie about The Merc With a Mouth. However, credit where credit is due Fox gave the people what they want, the reveal that the movie would be R-rated was done in a comedic way, true to the tone of the film itself. In a mock interview with the star behind the mask, Ryan Reynolds it was announced that the movie would not be R-rated. Deadpool himself then steps into shot, kills Reynolds and announces that his movie would in fact be R-rated.
The official trailer for Deadpool finally dropped recently, fans of the character and those who may not be as familiar were equally delighted by what they saw. Thankfully it seems the rest of the movie is much like the trailer we saw. On the subject of a possible sequel Kinberg said: “We certainly are talking about the sequel-we were talking about the sequel while we were making the movie just because when you make a film like this that’s from a serialised source material, you hope that it’s the first of many…But yeah [Fox is] feeling good about it, we’re all feeling really proud of it, so hopefully before it comes out we will be well into the process of figuring out a sequel.”
Kinberg confirmed that the studio have been thinking about including Cable in the sequel: “It’s certainly come up because he’s such a big character in the world. And it’s a character that I’ve always wanted to do in one form or another, we talked about Cable actually in Days of Future Past at one point.” This would’ve made a lot of sense given that the character’s first appearance was in an X-Men comic and that the idea is that he is a time traveller from the future. Kinberg continued: “But yeah we’re in such the early stages of sequel talk it would be genuinely premature for me to say whether or not he was gonna be in it.”