Warning: Spoilers for Logan to follow — proceed with caution!
Logan proved itself to be the perfect conclusion to Hugh Jackman's run as Wolverine, and also Patrick Stewart's run as Professor X. It tied up loose ends and left audience members in tears. But at the same time, audience members were left with many unanswered questions.
One such question was: what happened to all of the mutants? We discovered that many of the X-Men were accidentally killed by Xavier during the tragic Winchester Incident, but what happened to the other mutants, like Magneto, is still unclear. We hoped the movie would go into detail as to who and what killed the remaining mutants, much like the level of detail displayed in the 'Old Man Logan' comic. Alas, we had no such luck.
What the movie did tell us, however, was that the company Transigen had somehow wiped out most of the mutants before creating and breeding mutants of their own as super-weapons. How Transigen went about killing the mutants was left open. This opening in Logan could have set up another film, showing what the hell happened to the wider mutant population. When thinking about what film this could be, only one thing comes to mind:
'Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe'
One of Deadpool's most well known comic-arcs is the alternate Universe comic "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe." In this arc, the name says it all. We see Deadpool go around the world killing all of the Marvel characters, from the Fantastic Four to Spider-Man, and the Avengers to the X-Men.
This comic was so well-received that it also inspired a similar comic-arc titled "Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe," and a more recent, less gory comic titled "Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe." All three of these issues have become fan-favorites, and in my opinion, "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe" would be a great film — and could actually come to be.
How Would It Work?
Currently, in the X-Men movie Universe, we have three different stories going on. We have the X-Men (including characters like young Jean and Cyclops), whose arc is currently taking place around the '80s and '90s. Next, we have Deadpool's films, which are taking place somewhere around present day. Finally, we have Logan, which takes place 12 years from now, and may have more films following it starring X-23 and her group of mutants.
Whatever happened to the mutants in Logan happened between Deadpool and Logan. If FOX seeks to show exactly what happened to the mutants who weren't killed the Westchester Incident, they are more likely to do this through the Deadpool / X-Force series rather than the actual X-Men series, as the current X-Men arc is about 30 years behind the mutant obliteration. It would make a lot more sense for Deadpool to encounter the mutant extinction.
The remaining question is: why would Deadpool kill off the X-Men universe? The answer is very simple: the merc with a mouth, is, well, a merc. He's a hitman for hire, whose morals can be compromised for a decent paycheck. We saw in Logan that Caliban was previously employed to track down mutants for Transigen, so they could take them out — and Deadpool would be the perfect guy to finish the job.
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Who Could Deadpool Kill?
Unfortunately, we would not be able to see Deadpool kill the Avengers, since FOX does not have the rights to the MCU Marvel characters. This is disappointing, as I always wanted to see Deadpool "boop" Thor's corpse on the nose, as he did in the comics. However, we could see Deadpool being hired by Transigen, or even being blackmailed, to kill all of the mutants. This would be a lot of fun, and a great way for FOX to reboot the franchise.
The most exciting part about this is it might give Deadpool the chance to do something we've unknowingly wanted him to do since summer of 2015: kill the new Fantastic Four. 2015's Fantastic Four was very poorly received, due to the plot being scrambled and the effects being rather below par.
If Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe becomes a movie, we could see Deadpool kill the Fantastic Four, as he did in the comics. As he did this, he could poke fun at how poorly received their movie was, and give FOX a new reason to reboot the Fantastic Four, hopefully so they can actually do it right next time.
As if this isn't enough, seeing Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe on the big screen might be enough to bring Patrick Stewart back to the series. Stewart has confirmed he is retiring from the role of Professor X now that Logan is completed and released, but he has also said he could be open to returning upon a certain condition:
"I would have said yes, but the discussion just now about Deadpool makes me think, well, maybe there is a proper justification for the revival of Charles Xavier."
Patrick Stewart may never play Charles Xavier again in an X-Men film, but he is open to appearing in a Deadpool movie. It would show us something we were dying to see after Logan, and give us one more chance to see Patrick Stewart as Professor X.
While it may not be as huge as it was in the comic, seeing Deadpool kill the Marvel Universe on the big screen can still be pretty awesome. He may not be killing the likes of the Avengers, but he will have plenty of other characters to choose from, such as Colossus, Cyclops, Magneto, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, the Fantastic Four, and possibly even the version of Deadpool seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Not only would this movie be entertaining, but it would also bridge the gap between Deadpool and Logan to explain what happened to the mutants. In my opinion, not making this film would be a serious mistake on FOX's part. The comic was one of Deadpool's most successful arcs; it can certainly be his most successful movie as well.