When it comes to Fox's X-Men movies, there aren't many people better-informed than writer and producer Simon Kinberg. After all, he seems to have a finger in more or less every mutated pie - and to be a major behind-the-scenes influence on the movies' directions.
So, when he gets talking about the upcoming Deadpool movie, as he did recently with Comicbook.com, we tend to pay close, close attention. Especially when he has big news:
“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. So yeah, I guess I would say it's part of certainly 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 telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”
The key point there? Fox are planning a similar approach to Marvel, with a unified and interlinking X-Universe - which Deadpool will be a part of.
Which is great news, in the sense that we've now got a much better chance of seeing some epic X-Cameos in the movie - but, sadly, there might just be a dark cloud attached to that particular silver lining.
The Dark Cloud Attached to That Particular Silver Lining
Well, if, as Kinberg suggests, Deadpool is part of Fox "telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well," then that seems a whole lot less likely to happen. After all, a major part of Marvel Studios' success lies in their having carefully cultivated a brand that fans can trust, irrespective of the name-recognition of the property - a notable factor in the success of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Would Fox be willing to risk the creation of their own version of that collective cultural kudos in exchange for an R-rated Deadpool movie? It's hard to know for sure, but it certainly seems less likely now than a few days ago...
So, to make up for that particular (possible) blow, we thought we'd take a look at some of the awesome potential crossovers that the X-panded universe (sorry) could lead to.
Y'know, to keep the fundamental sadness away.
Deadpool and Wolverine
Not because there's any particular reason to, or anything - but if Fox want a pretty much guaranteed hit? Shove Wolverine and Deadpool together in a buddy action-comedy, have Hugh Jackman stab Deadpool a lot while they solve a crime of some sort of epic proportion - and then end with an epic, meta battle that crosses over with the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Deadpool and Cable
They are, after all, one of modern-Marvel's classic double acts. Plus, the events of X-Men: Apocalypse could well introduce Nathan Summers, a.k.a. Cable, to the X-Universe anyway. If so, Deadpool's solo movie could well be a great place to expand his back-story without having to bog down Apocalypse with tons of exposition. Also, they hate each other, so tying them together for an entire movie could be gold.
Deadpool and X-Force
And, if they're going to add Cable into the mix, they really might as well throw the long-mooted X-Force movie in, too. After all, the 2010 run of the comic (which also featured Wolverine, natch) just happened to be one of the most acclaimed X-comics of recent years. If done right, it could also solve the PG-13 problem, at least a little, since its adult themes would allow the filmmakers to please those seeking a grown up superhero movie, while still towing the line of teen-friendly restraint. Plus, Psylocke.
Deadpool and The Fantastic Four
After all, they're a Fox property too. It's probably fair to say that this one's on the less likely end of the spectrum - but if the FF movie does better than many are expecting, we might just see some sort of adorably insane crossover post-credits sequence. Or, better yet, they could just start having Deadpool feature in every post-credits sequence, providing a strange, meta unity to the bonus scenes (and avoiding the general disappointment fans had with the Apocalypse tease at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Deadpool and Magneto
Look at it this way: Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool, and Michael Fassbender's Magneto. On a mission. Together.
That mission? To kill a zombie clone pop culture-referencing Hitler.
Who lives on the moon.
Or, y'know, anything you like, really. Just so long as Fassbender and Reynolds spend the whole time being awesome.
It'll never happen, but tell me you wouldn't watch that movie...
Now what do we have to do? Wait patiently for that [Deadpool](movie:38663) movie to arrive... Well, patiently-ish...
What do you guys think? Happy Deadpool will be part of the X-Panded (again, sorry) universe?