Tim Miller's 'Deadpool' Movie May Be a Part of Fox's 'X-Men' Universe
Over the last month or so we've been following development announcements for the Deadpool movie, which might actually end up shooting thanks to fans reaching out on places like Twitter. While production is still far off and details like the rating (PG-13 or R?) won't be decided until later, fans are nonetheless very anxious to figure out what's going on and where/how the Merc with a Mouth might fit in to any universe. When speaking to screenwriter Simon Kinberg recently, news site ComicBook.com found out Deadpool may actually be involved in the X-Men universe at Fox, or at least a part of the bigger picture somewhere.
While we all know that Deadpool appeared briefly in the rather atrocious X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie from 2009, there's no indication whether this is the character they may connect back to, as I'm sure Fox doesn't want to have anything to do with that movie anymore either. Deadpool has always been a crossover character, first appearing in Marvel's New Mutants comics in 1991, before later appearing in X-Men spin-off X-Force. When asked about a shared universe and how Deadpool fits in, Kinberg stated (via SlashFilm):
"There's definitely a sort of overall plan that we've all been talking about for the X-Men universe now," Kinberg explained, "and Deadpool obviously fits into that. So yeah, I guess I would say it's part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel’s done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox."
While that isn't any confirmation about any specifics, he does drop that line about "so yeah, I guess I would say it's part of certainly an overall timeline" meaning he does have some kind of involvement. I doubt that means we'll see Deadpool pop up in the next X-Men (Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse), but there may be some X-Men popping up in this Deadpool movie, perhaps. Only time will tell. It's just good to hear that, despite all the hesitancy and years of waiting, Fox seems interested in including Deadpool as part of one of the main characters within the Marvel world they still control (including X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool).
For now we'll have to keep an eye out for updates. This latest Deadpool movie comes from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) with Lauren Shuler Donner producing. Blur Studio's Tim Miller is set to make his directorial debut on the film after working on the test reel which hit the internet this summer. The movie already has an early February 2016 release date, so production is going to continue on and we'll keep watching closely for any other interesting news. Stay tuned for more.