With Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool popping up here, there and everywhere, it perhaps wasn't the biggest shock to see the popular R-rated antihero hitch a ride on the back of the Japanese trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. And it wasn't surprising to see him take a well timed swipe at a character whose name rhymes with Polverine.
For all it's worth, the publicity stunt was typically well humored, and managed to promote both films simultaneously. But those of us of a more inquisitive disposition may ponder whether there is more to Deadpool's appearance than pure comic value.
Could Deadpool's Post-Trailer Appearance Mean Something More?
When it comes to superheroes, and the modern interconnectedness of the likes of the MCU and the DCEU, studios have to carefully consider every decision they make, especially when it comes to melding together different superhero factions.
At the very least, Deadpool's inclusion at the end of the Apocalypse trailer is a nod from Fox that they aren't afraid to blur the lines between the their Marvel franchises, X-Men and Deadpool (of course, I'm talking the new, record breaking R-rated version of the character, not the one who Reynolds first portrayed in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has already spoken of the desire to eventually team up the two X-Verse properties, while also acknowledging the difficulties of incorporating the super meta antihero into an already established franchise. In an interview with Variety, the 50-year-old said:
“If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently. When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there’s plenty of room to do it.”
Mister Sinister: A Shared Villain
If the two worlds do collide in one feature film, it could be a gentle fender bender rather than a head on collision; in fact, the next step in the shared universe could link to the post credit scene from Apocalypse itself. The ambiguous coda referred to Essex Corp., a corporation owned by Mister Sinister in the comics.
Sinister has been the nemesis of Deadpool a number of times, and was even the big bad in the Deadpool video game. Plus, in Deadpool's own post credit scene, it was confirmed that Cable would be on board for Deadpool 2. The significance? The Merc with a Mouth battles Mister Sinister over infant Cable in House of M.
Before we get too excited, though, screenwriter Simon Kinberg has confirmed the post-credits scene in Apocalypse acts as a prelude to the much anticipated Wolverine 3 and the solo Gambit movie, without mentioning Wade Wilson's sequel.
Will Deadpool Join The X-Men?
However, now Mister Sinister has dipped his toe into the X-Verse — and will presumably feature a lot more in the the two aforementioned movies — we can refer to that interconnectedness and suggest that this is an intentional move by Fox to begin joining the dots together.
With plenty of life left in the Deadpool franchise, we can can hope that those dots are joined up sooner, rather than later. Before then though, judging from Deadpool's retorts at the end of the Apocalypse trailer, we'll be seeing him pop up even more even more in the future.