Four of the six highest-grossing R-rated movies ever made might be comic book adaptations, but that doesn’t mean that throwing some swear words and gratuitous violence into the mix is a guarantee of commercial success as Birds of Prey
found out earlier this year when it posted the lowest numbers in the Dceu’s history by quite a distance, leading to speculation that James Gunn
’s The Suicide Squad
might be toned down as a result.
That doesn’t seem to be the case, but it did raise more questions about how willing Marvel Studios
would be to adopt the R-rated model for Deadpool 3
, which wouldn’t usually be an issue given that the first two installments both made over $780 million globally. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always been a PG-13 franchise, and the ‘if it ain’t broke’ approach has worked wonders so far.