(Warning - the following contains mild potential SPOILERS for the upcoming Deadpool, including discussion of its temporal setting and possible cameos. As 'Pool probably has stuck in his head right now: "Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya...")
Now, with the vast majority of the Internet's geek radar aimed squarely at the imminently arriving Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it's perhaps not too surprising that the also imminently arriving (February 2016, gang) Deadpool has, by comparison, remained relatively under the radar. After all, exciting as the prospect of seeing the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen is, the movie doesn't feature Han Solo.
From the sounds of Deadpool Executive Producer Simon Kinberg's latest interview with Collider, though...
Deadpool Is Still Hiding Some Surprise Cameos
As Kinberg put it, while also revealing that Deadpool will indeed be set in the present day, as opposed to the X-Men franchise's current period setting:
"It takes place within the X-Men universe and references that universe. It’s not the same time period as our past tense X-Men movies, like First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse take place in the past and Deadpool takes place in the present, but it acknowledges everything that’s happened in those other movies and the universe, and like you said Colossus is in it and other characters from the X-Men world."
The key thing there? The mention of "other characters from the X-Men world," in addition to Colossus. Now, that could theoretically be nothing more than confirmation that the likes of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Deadpool's assorted film foes will all be directly related to their comic book sources, but since none of them are especially well-known, it's also entirely possible that...
Kinberg May Have Just Teased at Least One Major X-Men Cameo
After all, "other characters" alongside Colossus sure does seem to suggest a notable cameo or two. Could we see the likes of James Marsden's Cyclops appear on a video communicator, or Shawn Ashmore's Iceman get told to keep it frosty in some kind of flashback?
Or – and I suspect this is what we're all thinking at this point – could we actually be set to see the Wolverine cameo that's been so heavily rumored in recent weeks?
We likely won't find out for sure until next February – but in the meantime, here's hoping!
What do you think, though?