Last week FX announced that the network and Donald Glover would no longer be collaborating on a Deadpool animated series due to “creative differences.”
Prior to this announcement there have been a lot of questions surrounding the series and what the vibe of the show would be like. Many initially speculated that Glover’s busy schedule may have forced him to bow out of the series, but Gambino went to twitter to dispel those rumors.
In a since-deleted Twitter thread, he tweeted, “For the record: I wasn’t too busy to work on Deadpool,” which was follow by a 15-page mock Deadpool script filled with references to his departure from the project.
Stephen — Donald’s younger brother who was set to write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner alongside his older brother — has opened up about why FX and Marvel backed out of the Deadpool series, and it seems the decision may have had something to do with Taylor Swift.
In a now-deleted tweet, Stephen revealed that the reference to a Taylor Swift episode in Donald’s mock script was very real— and may have been the “last straw” for the network. According to a screenshot of the tweet on The Wrap, he wrote,“There really was a Taylor Swift episode. It was HILARIOUS. And it definitely was the last straw lol.” The Atlanta writer followed up with another since-deleted tweet, expressing his disappointment over the cancellation. He wrote, “Our show wasn’t too black. It wasn’t really that black at all. But we definitely wanted to give Rick and Morty a run for their money and I think we would have. Proud of the gang.”
While Stephen doesn’t say that Swift herself was behind the cancellation — rather citing it as the breaking point between the network, Marvel, and the Glover brothers. And knowing Swift’s meticulous dedication to image and brand control, she likely would not be thrilled to have been the center of Deadpool jokes.