With Deadpool 2 fast approaching, Deadpool on FX has hit a brick wall and spilled drama all over the place. Back in May 2017, FX ordered a 10-episode animated Deadpool series. It was going to be helmed by Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover. However, FX has now canceled the series stating it was due to “creative differences”.
“Here’s the thing. Life is an endless series of trainwrecks with only brief commercial-like breaks of happiness. This had been the ultimate commercial break.”
The internet erupted with anger and sadness when they heard that FX and Marvel pulled the plug on the show. People blamed everyone left and right, and pointed fingers at Donald Glover. Glover, who has a very busy schedule, was being blamed for the fallout. He responded on Twitter. His response, possibly now deleted, posted a script slamming critics and Marvel. The script posted was written from the merc with the mouth’s point of view and proved that Glover really understood the wit and comedy needed for creating the show. He said he isn’t that mad about it, but he wrote a script in response, so you tell me.
Forbes quoted the deleted tweet:
“You know, I’m not mad about this whole ‘cancelled’ thing,” Deadpool says in the script which was released on Twitter. “I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun-loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT?”
He even mentioned it may be because the script was “too black”.
“Do you think they canceled the show … cause of racism?! … Yeah, but all the writers were black. And the references were pretty black too. … Maybe we were alienating our white audience? No. We did a whole goat yoga episode. Damn.”
It seems at its heart though that Marvel didn’t want to go as dark as Deadpool needs to go. EW even confirmed it was FX and the Glover brothers that parted with Marvel.
The True Problem with the Deadpool Show
So what happened? Was it “too black”? Or was it too Deadpool? Since Disney purchased Marvel, fans have been nervous for the future of their favorite foul-mouthed character. Disney recently pushed to purchase 21st Century Fox, even furthering the concern for the character. Disney is a wholesome company and while they will push the envelope sometimes, Deadpool may just be too much for them.