Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth, now movie star, Deadpool, is getting an adult-oriented FXX animated series.
Deadpool is coming to television… in animated form, anyway. The deadly fourth-wall-wrecking Marvel Comics character played by Ryan Reynolds, who managed to turn the rules of the blockbuster film industry upside down with an R-rated, relatively low-budget, but supremely lucrative 2016 solo film, is getting an accompanying animated series. However, don’t expect this Marvel television tentpole offering to cater to the kiddies.
Indeed, the Deadpool animated series, which will be aimed at adults, was given a straight-to-series order by Fox cable outlet FXX. The series, produced by Marvel Television in association with FX Productions and ABC Signature Studios, will manifest with a 10-episode inaugural season set to debut in 2018. The project has yet to cast any voice actors.
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At the Television Critics Association press tour, FX boss John Landgraf provided a bit of context for the Deadpool animated series, specifically where it stands in regard to the Ryan Reynolds-starring 2016 hit film and its 2018-scheduled sequel. According to Landgraf (via Screen Rant):
“Deadpool will be really different from the movies. It has a different tone and editorial voice. [We] wanted to make something distinctly different from the movies.”
Consequently, the manifestation of Deadpool in the (adult) animated television arena will seemingly stand as its own continuity. Of course, that would hardly be unusual when it comes to animated series adaptions of popular movie tentpoles – it’s not like The Real Ghostbusters was ever considered movie canon, right? Indeed, even the Fox-located Deadpool’s property cousins over at Marvel Studios such as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy have animated series that, while clearly showcasing necessary amounts of thematic synergy with their movie counterparts, are clearly taking place in a diifferent continuity.
However, for Deadpool, thematic synergy will manifest with its adult-aimed nature, likely to emulate the crudeness, lewdness, libidinousness and unbridled ultraviolence of the films. With (the insanely busy) Donald Glover and brother Stephen attached as showrunners, the series should showcase quality humor with pop culture-fixated sensibilities.
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Interestingly, one of the brains behind the animated adaptation is Donald Glover, who created the series with his brother Stephen Glover. Donald, an actor known from his run on NBC sitcom Community, the 2015 box-office smash The Martian, who will play Lando Calrissian in the untitled 2018 Star Wars Han Solo film, is already working under the Fox television umbrella starring in last fall’s imminently returning FX freshman drama Atlanta, which he created and regularly writes with Stephen. The Glover brothers will serve as showrunners, writers and executive producers on the Deadpool series, joined by additional executive producers in Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. As an enthusiastic Loeb states:
“How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth. We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with Legion continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”
Indeed, Fox has just started to take advantage of their rights possession to Marvel Comics’ X-Men mythos in the small screen arena with a peak television offering earlier this year in the Dan Stevens-starring Legion and just debuted the teaser trailer for this fall’s mothership network-set mutant ensemble series The Gifted. While 2016’s Deadpool became a $783 million global hit off a (contextually) meager $58 million budget, it was buttressed by its R-rated antics, rife with coarse language and the occasional bit of nudity; something that makes this animated endeavor a surprise. However, with FXX in place as an edgier platform for the raunchy veteran series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the animated spy series Archer, it appears that an adult-oriented Deadpool animated series has the perfect prospective home.
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While the untitled Deadpool animated series set a loose premiere for 2018, we can probably count on Fox’s desire for IP synergy to see it premiere somewhere around the time that movie sequel Deadpool 2 hits theaters on June 1, 2018.
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*This article was updated from its originally published form with new information.