No matter how well X-Men: Apocalypse performs both critically (which isn’t looking great at the moment) and at the box office, it’s going to be hard pressed to beat Fox’s last offering, the R-rated smash hit Deadpool, which crashed its way into theaters back in February.Apocalypse will be the ninth film in the X-Men franchise, which has been more or less overseen by director Bryan Singer since back in 2000, and ever since we saw Ryan Reynolds killing it as Deadpool we’ve hoped for a proper crossover. Something, anything as a balm to soothe the pains left by his previous appearance as Wade Wilson / Weapon X in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
At least he admits it
There was less of an X-Men cameo and rather an outright appearance in Deadpool, as the R-rated superhero movie featured both Colossus / Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin and Negasonic Teenage Warhead / Ellie Phimister, as well as Deadpool showing up at the X-Mansion, a.k.a. Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Deadpool: “Wow, this is such a big house, but I only ever see the two of you here. It’s like the studio didn’t have enough money for any more X-Men”
This was all very well and good, but who doesn’t want to see Deadpool interacting with longtime foe and sometimes ally Wolverine, or tangling with Magneto? He’s got a history with the X-Men in the comics, sometimes even as part of the team, though not usually for very long cause he’s just got the personality which means that stuff like this often happens.
But given his massive success in Deadpool — which is set in the same narrative universe as the X-Men films — it seems like a wasted opportunity not to set up a crossover of sorts. Singer seems to think so too, although he agrees that it would be a tricky transition to facilitate, as he told Variety in a new interview:
“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.”
Cyclops isn’t so sure though
Of course there are other logistical issues at play here beyond just the differing tone of the movies — either Deadpool would have to be watered down or the rest of the X-Men toughened up, as the X-Men films have typically been suitable for children and teens while Deadpool is infamous for his R-rated language and violence.
However Wolverine 3, which has just started filming, has been confirmed to be aiming for an R-rating. And the X-Men franchise is certainly spreading its wings more than ever now, with TV series Legion and Hellfire in the works in conjunction with Marvel Studios, and with Singer serving as the executive producer of both.
The Hellfire Club [Hellfire] and David Haller [Legion]
And then of course there’s that X-Force movie which Reynolds has been pushing for as top priority, which would be the perfect means by which to bring together Deadpool and the X-Men.At the moment though it’s all just wishful thinking, but at least we know it’s something Singer, and likely the other Fox bigwigs, are considering. What do you think?
Do you want to see Deadpool tangling with the X-Men team? Tell us in the comments below!Source: Variety