New Details Emerge On How ‘Deadpool’ Fits Into The ‘X-Men’ Universe

By November 3, 2015
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With the positive buzz currently surrounding the Deadpool movie (which isn’t set for release until February 2016), it’s no surprise that people are already talking about a sequel. The character is one that fans have been clamouring to have done right, since he was so famously butchered in Gavin Hood’s 2009 ill-conceived, but well-meaning X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I mean, Fox does have that Fantastic Four 2 date set aside and everything, and even though they say they’re still working on it, we know that project’s deader than a doornail. In other words, don’t be surprised, if all goes well, to see Deadpool 2 take that spot.

Ultimately, the question then becomes, how exactly does Deadpool fit in with the rest of the X-Men universe? Fox has taken a great deal of care over the last few years to right that sinking ship, but Deadpool is such a different character and take on the superhero as we know it, that it might be a hard sell to those not all that familiar with the character.

Recently, the good folks over at ScreenRant had an opportunity to sit down with the film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and discuss, not only how this film fits into the already established X-Men Universe, but also who they’d like to see make an appearance (Hint: It’s a fan favorite character!):

On how the film fits into the universe:

Paul Wernick: I’d say it’s more standalone but it lives within the X universe if that makes sense. Colossus is in our movie. What else?

Rhett Reese: Yeah, I mean it certainly will fit into the overall timeline that Simon [Kinberg]’s envisioning. And he’s the keeper of that, so if we ever violate that…there have been a couple of moments that felt like they wouldn’t fit in as well, but I’m trying to remember what those would be in retrospect. In any case, we do fit into the larger universe. The question would be: what happens next?

If I had to guess, I’d say, in success, there would probably be a Deadpool 2, a standalone Deadpool, and then he would be inserted into the ensemble movies in some fun way. That’s a guess.

Paul Wernick: We’re going to call it Deadpool: Avengers, I think.

On which character in this universe they would like to get their hands on:

Paul Wernick: Cable.

Rhett Reese: Yeah, we talk about Cable because he’s so kind of inextricably linked with Deadpool over the years. Other than that, I don’t think we’ve made any decisions. We reference Professor X in the movie. It’s like he’s someone who’s… Deadpool is on his radar and he’s been trying to get him to kinda come in and do the right thing and Deadpool wants no part of it. So there may be some fun to be had there. We’re just going to have to see how it meshes with the rest of the X universe. I’m sure we’ll kinda clear the deck and say, “OK. Who might be fun to bring into this family we’re already formed if we get as far as a sequel,” which we all hope for.

Of course they want Cable, because we all want Cable. And not only because Cable probably leads to an X-Force movie, although that would be cool. Cable is just a cool character who deserves to be on the big screen. If we don’t see him make an appearance in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, he will most assuredly be included in the Deadpool sequel.

But, we’re not done with the Deadpool goodies just yet! Director Tim Miller also jumped into the fray to discuss just how this film fits into the universe, by using the introduction of Colossus as an example:

When [Colossus] shows up you see the Blackbird in the background. It’s just a nod to the larger X-Men universe that Deadpool really doesn’t want to be part of. He’s had his chance. I mean, there’s a great line where Colossus says, ‘you could be a superhero’ and he’s like ‘yeah, I’ve seen my report card and I don’t want to be that guy.’ But I like the fact that he’s deliberately chosen not to be part of that world, but it’s still there.

Colossus is going to be great. He’s the manifestation of the rest of that universe.

Let’s face it, it also helps that both Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are both sporting X-Men uniforms in the film. (On a side note, I’m still disappointed that Daniel Cudmore passed on reprising his role of Colossus, although I completely understand why he did. I just think that it would have made a nice tie-in to the universe, given that that appears to be one of the main goals of the whole thing.)

Honestly, I’m just excited for this film and have little doubt that it will be a big success. Ryan Reynolds has been championing this version (the right version) of the character for years, and I’m glad that we’re finally going to get a chance to see it all come to fruition. Exactly how it’s supposed to be… in all its dirty, messed up, glory.

Deadpool is set for release on February 12, 2016.

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Erin Parisien
Erin is a writer, a comic-book geek, a movie nerd and a pop culture junkie... all long before it was cool! She's the senior Editor and a writer over at and can always be found behind a keyboard, because it's all about the words. Follow her @erin_the_novel over on twitter.