The stories of Deadpool's epic Easter Eggs have become legendary, as the director (Overpaid Tool) and writers (the Real Heroes Here) crammed over 100 references into the already action-packed movie. Eagle-eyed fans soon pointed out that the final battle certainly looks like it's taking place on a Helicarrier. You know, one of those massive, not messing around Helicarriers from the Avengers movies. The movies owned by Disney, not Fox.
Obviously, it would be pretty sneaky and somewhat copyright violation-y for the Deadpool writers to pop an Avengers Easter Egg into a Fox movie. But for a while we thought that was exactly what they did, after the Deadpool concept artist revealed to io9 that in order to use the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier he had to alter a few details and make sure the body of the craft was sufficiently deconstructed.
Here's the original concept art, and if you compare it to the Helicarrier from the Avengers they do still look pretty similar.
But director Tim Miller has now stepped in to lay down the law, letting all us nitpicky nerds know that...
No, it's not S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier
In an interview with Collider, Miller addressed this issue.
"It's clearly not the Helicarrier. I just want to say for the record, there's a lot of groups in the Marvel universe who use flying combat platforms. It's not just the Helicarrier. A.I.M. has some. It could have been anything but a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Because that would be outside of the purview of the Fox/Marvel arrangement."
It should be noted that Miller said all of this with just the kind of cheeky, irreverent grin that you'd expect from the director of Deadpool.
Honestly though, what did we expect? The two universes aren't really connected, though Deadpool did manage to sneak one HYDRA character into the movie. Deadpool is part of a larger Marvel universe, only it's the one with X-Men (and maybe Fantastic Four but let's just gloss over that hot mess).
But Miller's comments do hint at some plot points we might see developed in Deadpool 2 and beyond, specifically...
Just who the heck is AIM?
Otherwise known as the Advanced Ideas Mechanics, AIM is an evil organization in the vein of HYDRA.
Lead by brilliant scientists, and supported by an army of orange suited goons, AIM is a pretty great antagonist for any story. And crucially, they haven't yet appeared in the MCU.
So what could this mean for Fox's Marvel cinematic universe? Well, Miller might well be dropping hints that AIM exists in Deadpool's world, and they are the owners of the deconstructed Helicarrier we see in the movie. Oh, and it's worth pointing out that Deadpool has worked with AIM before in the Marvel comic Secret Avengers...
Obviously it's far too early to tell whether AIM will be used as the main antagonist for Deadpool 2, or another of Fox's Marvel movies. But if the Helicarrier in Deadpool can't be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s, and Miller is offering up AIM as an alternative possibility...
Well, the man knows his Marvel references, we can be sure of that.