New set photos from Deadpool 2 have revealed the inclusion of an Alpha Flight Easter egg. Production is officially underway on the sequel to 20th Century Fox's biggest X-Men hit ever, with Ryan Reynolds back in the titular role of Wade Wilson. Following the recording breaking success of Deadpool, his world will be expanded upon in the sequel, while also laying the foundation for more R-rated films like X-Force. Part of this expansion has seen the cast bolstered with the additions of Josh Brolin (Cable) and Zazie Beetz (Domino), but could Reynolds help introduce his native country's mutant team?
Alpha Flight has not yet come close to making it to the big screen, but with Fox branching out their X-Men universe with a horror approach to New Mutants and heading to space for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, it is not out of the realm of possibility for them to be introduced down the road. While an actual appearance may not be coming immediately, they'll have an Easter egg in Deadpool 2 at the very least.
HollywoodNorth, a site that follows all Vancouver based productions, has shared even more set photos from Deadpool 2. These ones will pique the interest of Alpha Flight fans, as their name is featured on a taxi ad. With this appearing to be an ad for a travel agency in this universe that goes by the same name, it does not indicate they're primed for a debut, but it is a fun Easter egg nonetheless.
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Alpha Flight was first introduced back in 1979 with X-Men #120 and consisted of James MacDonald Hudson aka Guardian), Jean-Paul Beaubier aka Northstar, Jeanne-Marie Beaubier aka Aurora, Walter Langowski aka Sasquatch, Michael Twoyoungmen aka Shaman, and demi-goddess Narya aka Snowbird. The roster has continued to evolve ever since in the comics to include a variety of other characters. While this Easter egg does not allude to any of these characters specifically, we do know that Fox is considering an Alpha Flight movie, but this probably isn't setup for that.
How easily identifiable this Easter egg will be in the actual movie is unclear. It could be a blink and you'll miss it shot, or be part of something bigger. Deadpool is no stranger to poking fun at the X-Men universe - as demonstrated in Deadpool - so he could see this ad as he gets in or steps out of this taxi, only to make fun of the name. For many it could be a joke that goes by without a notice, but for fans of the comics, it could be memorable and potentially payoff should the group ever join the universe.
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019