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While the follow-up to Deadpool might strengthen the character’s connection to the rest of the X-Men universe, a full team-up with the mutant superhero team is some time off, according to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Like, say, three decades or so.
“The X-Men series is currently set in the 1980s [while] Deadpool is set three decades later in our present day,” Reese told The Playlist when asked about the possibility of a crossover between Ryan Reynolds’ R-rated anti-hero and the more traditional mutant heroes of Bryan Singer’s core franchise.
But while the chronological separation might be temporary — “it’s a timeline that will eventually catch up, I would image,” Wernick admitted to the site — the break between the two series is a plus to the writers.
“If you look at the Iron Man model, they had two Iron Man [movies] before they had an Avengers and, if left up to us, I think that would be a very prudent path,” Reese said.
Wernick went further: “Deadpool’s now become a brand and franchise unto himself, independent of the X-Men and that’s great,” he argued. “That gives the studio two franchises in one, but I think it is its own franchise, and you’ll see synergy between those two properties, but they’re two very distinct brands.”
“I think everything that Deadpool is involved in we will have a hand in,” Wernick continued. “It’s a universe that Ryan [Reynolds] and us are very close to and very protective of, so I do think we would absolutely be involved in that franchise as well. If it’s Deadpool-related, I think you’ll see some of our fingerprints on that.”
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