Last year saw the release of Deadpool, one of the most unique superhero films in recent memory and an instantaneous hit for the house of X-Men. Through its unique blend of raunchy comedy, exciting violence, fourth-wall breaks, and chimichangas, Deadpool has won over the hearts of untold millions worldwide. It propelled Deadpool from a moderately known comic book character to a pop culture icon.
Nowadays, it’s commonplace to see Deadpool on shirts, games, hats, memes, and other memorabilia, along with a modest and somewhat watered-down presence on TV. Lately, Deadpool’s TV presence has been limited to Disney XD shows like Ultimate Spider-Man, which is nice other than it being a cameo on a G-rated show. If only there were a way to make Deadpool’s TV presence a little more… how would Deadpool put this?… Sexier. Yeah, let’s go with that!
Enter Donald Glover, best known as the creator and star of FX’s Atlanta. He alongside Marvel Television have recently announced an upcoming “animated adult action comedy” show based on the Merc with a Mouth. The show will have both Donald and Stephen Glover as showrunners, writers and executive producers of the show, as 10-episodes have already been ordered for the show. We don’t know much else about this show other than it being set to premiere on FXX in 2018.
Even though this isn’t a ton of information to go off of, I absolutely adore this idea as should you. I think I speak for most people when I say we can all use a little more Deadpool in our lives, and a TV show is the perfect way to keep fans such as I satisfied between movies. And the fact that it’s animated makes this an even more perfect solution to that problem. I mean, what Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller and the rest of the movie crew were able to do in live action (especially with that budget) was impressive. However, Deadpool’s nonsensical, off-the-walls, rapid-fire style almost begs for an animated setting similar to the comics. And from its description as an adult action-comedy, I believe we’re in good hands in terms of execution.
As far as what I personally want from the show, I’m just hoping for a fun, lighthearted comedy that perhaps goes for that comic book style. Seeing as Deadpool is a self-aware character, I’d play off of that by making it blatant (at least at times). For example, show him literally jumping through comic panels, flipping pages, doodling over the drawings, and whatnot. That’s at least the way I would approach it; if not as a overall style then at least as an occasional gag. There are other ways to go about it, of course, so I’m excited to see what they do with the source material at hand.
One thing I’d absolutely like to see from this show if something we currently can’t get from the movie side of Deadpool: cameos from other Marvel characters. Not just the X-Men and Fantastic Four either. I’m talking those guys in addition to the Avengers, Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. I especially want to see Spider-Man or, hell, even Daredevil make a much needed appearance in Deadpool’s own turf. Fans would rightfully cream their pants for a chance to see that occur, and with this show being done in conjunction with Marvel Television, that can easily be a reality now… Speaking of which.
This show marks the second ever collaboration between Marvel and FOX so far. (The first being the X-Men show, Legion, on FX). For those not entirely in the loop when it comes to the whole legal circus that is the MCU, this is a big deal as it tells us two things we’ve been wanting to see for a while: 1) The newfound TV partnership between Marvel Studios and FOX is not only active. It’s strong. Otherwise, Legion would’ve been the first and only collab between the two companies; 2) The chances of a Sony-esque partnership that will allow Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool to join the MCU is becoming even more likely. The very fact that an Avenger potentially could pop in on this Deadpool show is testament enough to the dream finally becoming a reality.
I should definitely analyze this possibility a bit more, but I digress. All I can say for sure is that this Deadpool cartoon is now one of my most anticipated new shows. I can’t wait to learn more in the coming year or so, but what about you? Let me know what you think of the new Deadpool TV show in the comments so we can discuss it together!
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