How Deadpool Fits in X-Men Universe and What Comes Next

Deadpool's writers and director talk about fitting into the X-Men universe and their hopes for introducing Cable in the sequel.

Wolverine vs Deadpool Video Game Concept Art

We've always known the standalone Deadpool movie would setup the character to give him a larger role in the X-Men movie universe, and with early buzz surrounding the film so positive that speculation points to a potential Deadpool sequel taking the release date currently held by Fantastic Four 2, it's all but certain that Ryan Reynolds will be playing Wade Wilson for a while.

But unlike in Marvel Comics, it's more challenging to blend the character into other live-action film projects featuring the X-Men since the Deadpool movie is rated R where the other franchise movies are not. Also, there's that little issue where Deadpool commonly breaks the fourth wall to chat with the audience or reflect on the reality that he's in a movie.

We spoke with Reynolds earlier this year while he was promoting Self/less about difficulties in fitting Deadpool on screen with other Marvel characters and while he claimed he doesn't know if it would happen we all sort of know it will.

Reynolds had previously said though that he'd love to join an X-Force movie (and a script was made by Kick-Ass 2's Jeff Wadlow for one) that would also feature Cable. Cable's shared several comic runs as a buddy cop partner of sorts to Deadpool and even when talking about a potential Deadpool movie as far back as 2009 - when Reynolds was playing a version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - he always wanted to see a Deadpool/Cable movie.

Deadpool Set Photo - Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and director Tim Miller

With that in mind, when visiting the set of Deadpool in May we asked writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick about the lengthy script development process and how much of a push there was to ensure it fits in with the other X-movies, especially given that there are three scheduled for 2016.

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.

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