It's The Perfect Reset For The X-Men Movies
Nobody is sure what's going on with the X-Men continuity. You'd think that the films, being linear, would have an easier time than the comics keeping the wherewithal of the X-Men in some sort of order, but alas, they have not. After the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, there'll likely be another soft reboot that changes a few actors, moves to a different decade, or both. And that's if Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters isn't back under the Disney umbrella with plans to integrate them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe underway.
The X-films could do with a cleanse of their past sins to bring them out from the baggage of previous failures. Part of why Logan was so effective is that it acknowledged that the best way for the series to move on is for a clean slate, with a new cast and a new direction and fresh voices. Hugh Jackman was far and away the most valued member of those involved in the first X-Men pictures and he's already had his big send-off. An attempt at similar with the rest just won't have anywhere near the same effect, coming off as melodramatic rather than deeply moving.
Getting a hole torn through them by Deadpool would make for a big finish that has audiences talking and one that levels the playing field for a new creative outlook. The idea here is that key scenes would be replicated, with performers returning to reprise their roles, and then the katana-wielding mercenary would interrupt and slaughter everyone in some ridiculous fashion. So there's a nostalgic slideshow built into the very structure of the work, it's just swiftly followed by Deadpool tearing each snapshot up one-by-one.
Actors wouldn't be needed for any more than a day or two of work for most scenes, as they'd be replaced by stunt doubles or CGI for the big action when Deadpool does his thing. Considering the meticulous detail Reynolds, Reese and Wernick and their directors have put into the Deadpool movies already, and with a comparatively smaller budget than their contemporaries, none of this would be beyond them. They even managed to get Brad Pitt into one of these things for a cameo, and Matt Damon too. They're clearly dedicated to finding ways and means to maximize the jokes and surprise appearances for these productions. And for those that can't show up, special effects and some effective editing can work wonders.
The Disney acquisition does make the very idea of this complex because, if it goes through, the proximity of Deadpool and his R-rated wonderland to everyone else is a question mark. Deadpool himself will be fine because he makes money and can be kept in a neutral position to surrounding heroes. Cablo, Domino and the X-Force can generally live with him too. But inter-mingling with the X-Men, a banner Marvel team who'll be marketed hard towards a family audience under Disney's watch, likely with direct ties to the Avengers initiative? That's going to be a hard sell to Marvel Studios, who'd rather not have to worry about traumatizing the seven-year-olds that frequent MCU releases.
On the other hand, this could be the swansong everyone looks for to put a cap on what Xavier's team were before they settle into their new home on the Disney lot. The audience would be predominantly people who grew up with Bryan Singer's version anyway and the Deadpool-heavy marketing would allow them to keep it from seeming like an X-Men film in and of itself. The people that were there to usher in this generation of silver screen mutants will get their goodbye before a new generation gets to see a complete Marvel cinematic landscape.
If Deadpool 2 is anything to go by, Deadpool 3 will be something to behold regardless, but seeing him take the entire universe down literally in the same way he's come to over-shadow would really be something special. And who knows, it might even tempt Hugh Jackman back for that fight everyone's dreaming of.
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020