Ryan Reynolds Shares PG-13 Deadpool 2 Photo

The “Merc with a mouth,” Wade Wilson/Deadpool, is returning to theaters this upcoming holiday season. On December 21, Deadpool 2 will be re-released in theaters, with some editing done.

Although the two films drew praise, in part, from their R-ratings, executives at Fox have decided that a PG-13 version of the film would do well with more varied audiences.

To share the news, Deadpool 2 star, Ryan Reynolds, took to social media to share a photo of himself in costume, reading a story to actor Fred Savage, who was famously read bedtime stories to in Rob Reiner’s classic 1987 film, The Princess Bride. The photo was captioned with a succinct, “Thoughts?”

With shifting schedules and turbulence in the ever-expanding MCU, studio heads are looking to make their films more palatable. Venom, the upcoming Spider-Man installment that focuses on one of the webslinger’s most challenging foes, was expected to be given an R-rating as well.

Fans were disappointed when they learned that the film was subject to censorship and was given a softer PG-13 rating. Hopefully this “watered-down” version of Deadpool2 can show audiences that one doesn’t need the full artistic license provided by an R-rating to make a compelling movie.

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