Deadpool, aka the Merc with a Mouth, is experiencing a surge in popularity like never before. After appearing in multiple animated films and video games voiced by Nolan North, and a stint on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series (there voiced by Will Friedle), Ryan Reynolds‘ portrayal of the character in last year’s Deadpool opened the floodgates and they have no intention of closing anytime soon. The sequel to that film is about to begin filming (with a whole spinoff cinematic universe being planned around it) while in the comics, the character has become an Avenger and is currently dating Rogue.
It’s a great time to be a Deadpool fan.
Well, the good news doesn’t stop there. Earlier today, Marvel TV and FXX have jointly announced that they are developing an animated, adult, action-comedy Deadpool TV series with Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover. Both will serve as writers, executive producers and showrunners, while Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb will also executive produce.
As part of FXX’s press release concerning the new series, Loeb issued the following statement:
“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.”
FXX co-president Nick Grad released his own statement, saying:
“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta. With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original.”
Donald has been swimming in geek culture cred from his hip hop albums and role on Community all the way through his voice work as Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-Man. And let’s not forget that he’ll be portraying a young Lando Calrissian in the untitled Han Solo spinoff and has been cast in an undisclosed role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In addition, he has Season 2 of his critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta in the works as well as voicing Simba in Disney’s The Lion King remake, so he’s not lacking for work or culture cred either. Stephen is a writer and story editor on Atlanta as well as an independent rapper just now cutting his teeth with television work.
The series is tentatively set to premiere sometime next year. No plot or character information is available but you can expect them to come sooner rather than later.
Source: Marvel/FX, Screen Rant