Deadpool is bringing his violent, fourth wall breaking hilarity to FXX!
Deadpool was one of the biggest box office surprises of last year. Not only did it prove that an R-rated superhero film can be successful, but it also showed that a comic book movie that holds true to the source material can work. Based on that success, it appears that the “Merc with a Mouth” is now headed to the small screen.
Variety reports that an animated series featuring Deadpool has received a series order from FXX. The first season will consist of 10 episodes and will air in 2018. Notably, the show will also be co-created by Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover. The two will also act as writers, executive producers and showrunners. Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory of Marvel will also serve as executive producers.
Loeb provided a short statement in which he expressed his excitement about working with Donald Glover and continuing Marvel’s relationship with FX:
"“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.”"
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As many probably know, Donald Glover already has a strong relationship with the network as he serves in the same capacities for the critically acclaimed Atlanta on FXX’s sister channel, FX. Stephen Glover also serves as a writer on the show. Interestingly, Zazie Beetz, another Atlanta alum, is currently set to play Domino in the Deadpool sequel.
Wade Wilson (Deadpool) has become a massively popular character since his comic book debut back in 1991. The character has become known for his violent yet humorous nature and his ability to break the fourth wall. This and his recent film debut have made him one of the most popular characters in Marvel Comics’ roster.
A unique character paired with unique showrunners could make this a fresh addition to Marvel Television’s extensive stable of programming.