Donald Glover. You may know him from the comedy series Community, possibly the FX show Atlanta or maybe you know him as his stage name, Childish Gambino. Either way, it’s no shock to anyone when it’s said that Glover is talented and now he’s extending those talents to FXX with the creation of a new animated Deadpool series later this year.
Yes, you read that correctly. Glover, with his brother Stephen, is writing and producing the series alongside Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, according to Variety. This isn’t his only project this year as Glover will also be seen in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story (find the teaser here).
In an interview with Pop Culture, Glover compared his work on Deadpool to his other projects saying, “…it’s not the same as Lando or Atlanta, where you have a whole city on your back. Deadpool is very aware of himself, so, I don’t have to live up to anything. So it’s been actually, quite easy.”
The fourth-wall breaking anti-hero began his transition to contemporary audiences when his character began development in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) which allowed for a stand-alone film starring Ryan Reynolds in 2016 and is getting a sequel later this year in May. Given Deadpool’s unique writing and character development, it isn’t a surprise that the “Merc with a Mouth” is getting an animated adventure.
This could prove to be an interesting venture due to the success of FX’s animated comedy series Archer, now with 8 seasons and counting.
No release date has been confirmed but it is speculated that the series will be coming out later this year with 10 episodes in the debut season.
By the end of 2018, Glover could have a lot of fan love on his hands and if he successfully brings Deadpool to the silver screen, he will have added an entirely new demographic to his already booming fan base.
Sidenote: The trailer for the Deadpool sequel came out yesterday. You can watch it here.