'Deadpool' Will Be Part of the 'X-Men' Cinematic Universe

Monday, 06 October 2014 07:55 Written by  iamrogue
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'Deadpool' Will Be Part of the 'X-Men' Cinematic Universe

The Merc With a Mouth won't be forced to play all by himself.

Instead, Deadpool will bring the irreverent, self-aware, certifiably insane mercenary back into the continuity of the X-Men franchise.

Thanks to the phenomenal success of Marvel Studios, pretty much every comic book hero franchise from here on out is going to be part of a shared universe.  Cross-pollinating series are the new and potentially very profitable hotness as Marvel's continues to get bigger and DC props up a superverse with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Fox, meanwhile, is looking to make hay with its sundry mutant and mutant-related properties.  Quite possibly the most anticipated of these is Deadpool, the long in-development solo movie starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, an unstoppable killing machine with a sense of humor.

Long after being dismissed as a pipe dream, Deadpool is finally happening.  20th Century Fox has scheduled the film for February 12, 2016. And it'll fit into the overall X-verse when it arrives.

“There’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now, and Deadpool obviously fits into that," producer and Fox's go-to universe-builder Simon Kinberg tells Comic Book.

"So yeah, I guess I would say it's part of 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 [making] a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well," says Kinberg. "The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which Kinberg wrote, used time travel to rejigger the tangled, non-continuity of the previous X-movies.  The ending in particular made it clear that the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine are largely kaput.  That means everybody can forget about Reynolds showing up as a foolishly mouthless Deadpool late in that misbegotten prequel.

Reynolds has long maintained that he and director Tim Miller are looking to create a comic-accurate, R-rated version of Deadpool that will allow the character's unique qualities shine through.  When Fox finally greenlit the movie, a rumor that a PG-13 approach was part of what convinced the studio followed.

Co-writer Rhett Reese addressed the rumor a while back, tweeting, "Hey, guys, no one knows yet whether Dpool will be R or PG-13. There may not be an announcement for a long while. Hang in!"

Kinberg, Bryan Singer and company are currently at work on X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits a few months after Deadpool.  Also in the works at Fox are a follow-up to The Wolverine, a solo Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum as the card-slinging Cajun, and the Fantastic Four reboot set for next summer.

A producer and co-writer on The Fantastic Four as well, Kinberg discusses the possibility of an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie in an exclusive interview with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick.

"The truth is I am so focused on completing the Fantastic Four movie and getting Apocalypse started, that we are not really thinking many movies down the line," he says. "There is an overall timeline for each of the franchises that we have been talking about. We want to tell stories in a larger way, the way that Marvel has, creating a tapestry of multiple movies that can stand alone but feel that they are part of something larger."

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