Bryan Singer Discusses a Crossover Between ‘Deadpool’ and the ‘X-Men’ Films

By May 10, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse held its world premiere in London last night, and the critical reception hasn’t exactly been stellar – particularly coming so closely on the heels of Marvel’s widely praised Captain America: Civil War, or Fox’s own R-rated runaway success, Deadpool. But with a large universe and a huge repertoire of characters, there’s still room for plenty of future X-Men stories – and maybe even a spot for a certain red-clad mercenary.

Speaking with Variety during a press event, director Bryan Singer discussed the potential for Deadpool to appear in a future X-Men film:

“If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently. When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there’s plenty of room to do it.”

While Singer’s comments make sense, one of the largest criticisms levied against X-Men: Apocalypse is how seriously the film takes itself, and how little joy can be found in its 143-minute running time. Perhaps throwing in a carefully-measured dose of the Merc with the Mouth is exactly what this flagging franchise needs to get it back on track?

A new director with a new vision could also help revitalize the X-Men series. Apocalypse is Singer’s fourth time behind the camera, and behind-the-scenes buzz seems to indicate that he won’t be back for the next outing – at least not in a directorial capacity. But his comments to Variety hint that he might remain involved at some level or another.

“When you spend nearly two decades in a universe, to simply say, ‘I’m done,’ or, ‘I’m going to abandon it,’ just wouldn’t make sense to me. I’m very connected to this universe and a lot of these actors, and also the characters, whomever plays them. So never say never.”

X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).