Towards the end of X-Men Days of Future Past, Wolverine was rescued from underwater by Mystique - but it didn't look like Mystique.
Instead, the shape-shifting mutant was disguised as William Stryker, ally of Bolivar Trask and one of the most vicious and sadistic characters in the Marvel universe. And his appearance at the end of the last X-Men movie was widely considered to be a nod towards the future plot of [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267).
X-Men Apocalypse: Weapon X?
Now we know that a Deadpool movie is upcoming shortly before the next X-Men movie - and, in the timeline of the X-Men, this could be the time when Wolverine undergoes the experimentation in the Weapon X project that robs him of his memory, and implants in him his adamantium skeleton!
And, of course, there is another mutant formed in the Weapon X project - Weapon XI, Deadpool!
Initially a member of Bill Stryker's Team X, Wade Wilson is transformed into Deadpool and sent to kill Wolverine. It is a tough battle, but Wolverine eventually gets the better of the Merc with a Mouth, and it is after surviving having his head severed that Deadpool first breaks the fourth wall, and becomes the character teased in the anarchic test footage that convinced Fox of his movie potential.
The other interesting prospect which may follow the Deadpool and X-Men Apocalypse movies concerns that introduction of Cable, widely rumored to play a key role in the upcoming movie.
Cable's backstory is almost too complicated to summarize, but suffice to say he is the son of Scott Summers and (sort of) Jean Grey, and one of the most powerful mutants around. He may even be key in taking on the ruthless, powerful threat of Apocalypse.
More than that, however, Cable is one half of one of the best loved pairing in Marvel. The other half? You guessed it, is Deadpool!
It is a love / hate relationship between Cable & Deadpool, but undoubtedly it heads to some of the weirdest and most out there plot lines in the Marvel universe.
In the end, though, the main question about the future Deadpool movies, is this: how can you translate the free-flowing anarchy of the Deadpool comics, where he beaks the fourth wall, tries to murder the ENTIRE Marvel universe, and battles well known fictional characters like Moby Dick, to the screen?
Of course, the test footage was a step in the right direction, but can Deadpool really fit in an X-Men Universe that has so far been played pretty straight, rather than examining its own form?
But what do you think? Can a [Deadpool](movie:38663) movie stay true to the spirit of the comics? How would you fit Deadpool into the future of the X-Men movies? Write in with your thoughts below the line!