20th Century Fox’s long-mooted Deadpool movie may have sprung out of Ryan Reynolds’ take on the character in the much-maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but with that film more-or-less retconned from the canon by the events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, it frees up the studio to do whatever they want with the Merc With A Mouth.
It turns out that they’re not taking him too far…
“There’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now,” X-Men: Apocalypse producer/writer Simon Kinberg told Comicbook.com, “and Deadpool obviously fits into that.
“So yeah, I guess I would say it’s part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel’s done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well.
“The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”
So, here’s how Deadpool could link up to X-Men: Apocalypse…
With X-Men: Apocalypse taking place in the Eighties, which overlaps neatly with the terrible end sequence of X-Men Origins, if they wanted to reintroduce Wade Wilson, then it’s a perfect opportunity to rewrite his origin story right as they recast Logan’s – with Stryker’s shiny new Weapon-X project (the dates will be off a bit from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we can put that down to Days Of Future Past‘s timeline shunt) giving Deadpool his healing factor and Wolverine his adamantium skeleton.
As a bonus theory, it’s worth noting that in the Eighties and early Nineties X-Men it was strongly implied that Apocalypse was behind the Weapon-X programme…
Anyway, more work tethering together Logan and Wade could set Deadpool up for a role in the X-Force movie, as well as give us some of that fraternal bickering/one-sided adoration we’ve come to love from the duo.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in cinemas on 27 May 2016. You can pre-order X-Men: Days Of Future Past on Blu-ray for £15 at Amazon.co.uk and read about the comics that inspired the film with the100 All-Time Greatest Comics Bookazine.