There's no question anymore whether or not it's possible to accurately adapt the violent, foul-mouthed, fourth-wall breaking, wise-cracking mercenary known as Deadpool into live-action, complete red and black body costume and all. If the animated Deadpool test footage sequence featuring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tim Miller didn't make that clear last summer when it leaked online - convincing Twentieth Century Fox to finally give the film a release date - then its panel presentation at San Diego Comic-Con last week sealed the deal.
When the cast of Deadpool took to the stage, preceded by an introductory video by Reynolds in costume as the "Merc with a Mouth," they brought the house down. Then they did again when playing the first teaser trailer for the film, which resulted in the 6000+ attendees responding with a standing ovation and shouting "one more time" so they could watch it again. It was the loudest fan response of the convention.
Of course, anyone in the entertainment business knows that a good showing at Comic-Con does not necessarily translate into success at the box office. Still, somehow Deadpool and its unique development history seems like a surefire success for a lower-budget, hard R action film because there's nothing like it. And because it only exists for the fans in the first place.
And with any superhero film, that means we're already looking ahead to what's next for Deadpool. Will he show up in an X-Men team-up? Will he appear in Deadpool 2? ComicBook.com asked Ryan Reynolds at Comic-Con this very thing when prodding about the idea of sharing the screen with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine again - something Jackman expressed interest in, but could be an issue of scheduling according to Reynolds who said it probably wouldn't happen in a standalone movie.
"I’d also love to see X-Force develop too and turn into something pretty cool."
Where would Deadpool fit in on an X-Force roster?
"I always see Deadpool running against the grain for everything he does. He can’t possibly conform to any sort of leadership role. He always has to be the wild card. So you’d have to have someone like Cable running point on a team like X-Force. I'd love for that to be a next step that we take."
Cable and Deadpool have starred together in a great many of stories from Marvel Comics and a team-up of the two is something we suggested back in April of 2009 when Fox was first talking up the idea of another solo character movie after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Reynolds first had the chance to play (a version of) Wade Wilson, who becomes Deadpool.
The Challenge of Deadpool
It's not that simple though and Reynolds will be the first to warn you of that. He told us as much a few weeks back while promoting Self/Less, since Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and understands that he's a comic book character. He's also (currently) the only R-rated Marvel hero Fox has. That creates challenges in meshing him into the larger X-Men universe. It also creates some wildly interesting opportunities though.
The fact that Fox did finally pull the trigger on green-lighitng Deadpool last year means they're willing to take risks and see the value in having Deadpool in their expanding cinematic universe. And make no mistake about it, all of these movies will in some way be connected. That's what writer-producer Simon Kinberg signed up with Fox to do and is something he hinted at when I spoke with him last year about Days of Future Past.
Now Just How, But When
How the studio and its creative teams handle the time-period discrepancies between X-Men: Apocalypse (based in the '80s) and their modern-set Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and Wolverine movies remains to be seen, but somehow it all must connect. Perhaps DOFP was just the introduction of time-travel and it'll be back. Perhaps that's how Cable can be brought into the fold. Perhaps that's how they merge characters from the different time periods.
That being said, X-Force - which Reynolds namedropped above - was initially being planned and written by Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow but may no longer be in the cards as far as we know - At least, according to Deadpool/Cable co-creator Rob Liefeld who revealed on Twitter that the script for X-Force (which as we understood it, would have included Cable, Deadpool, and Wolverine as three of its five main characters) involved Apocalypse in a big way. Bryan Singer's plan for X-Men: Apocalypse though (which was announced before Days of Future Past even hit theaters) seemingly put a halt into the X-Force movie plans).
As it currently stands, and as re-confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con last week, the Fox Marvel Cinematic Universe includes Fantastic Four next month; Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men: Apocalypse next year, and Wolverine 3 in 2017. Fox previously set a date for Fantastic Four 2 in 2017 as well but by not even mentioning it last week, they're likely waiting to see how the first performs before figuring out what to do next. Crossover? Go to space? More time-travel? Re-reboot? etc.
That would explain the recent rumors of Fox potentially crossing over the FF and X-Men properties as soon as 2018 with Bryan Singer's help. Fox does after all, have a release date for an unannounced project sitting in 2018 and the only other project in development is New Mutants. Again, we're not sure how that affects X-Force but New Mutants could be a lead-in should the franchise continue to succeed.
If Deadpool works, he could get a sequel which would be a smart place to explore the story of Cable. That would give the core X-Men films more time to establish its new core cast of youngsters set to be introduced in Apocalypse. Then, with Cable and Deadpool, New Mutants and a new X-Men team, perhaps then we'll see more crossovers.
What do you want to see from the franchise next? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.
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