Deadpool 2 is currently shooting scenes at Hatley Castle which is used for X-Mansion where young mutants are trained to harness their powers and become productive members of the society. The movie has aroused huge expectations among X-Men fans and rightly so as the first movie’s global box office collections crossed $800 million marks while the cost of production was less than $60 million, making it the most successful superhero movie in the entire X-men franchise.
The official set photo revealed Wade Wilson all suited up and lounging outside Charles Xavier’s mansion. Deadpool posted this on twitter:
“Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big f*cking surprise. No one’s home.”
The entire team of the original movie is coming back, from Blind-Al to Vanessa, the driver, Colossus, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead will be reprising their roles. Cable is in the mix, he is the time-travelling son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey) who was trained to be the warrior in the future. His girlfriend Domino played by Zazie Beetz will also make an appearance.
Moreover, Domino (mercenary turned X-Men) has been confirmed by the makers. Both of these will play an anti-hero in order to balance the scales to Deadpool’s “happy go murdery” persona. It’s not clear yet if other mutants will crossover, but there is strong speculation that there will be a new kind of mutant, never before seen in the comics or movies.
The fans latch onto any reference to X-Men movies especially Wolverine. The plot details of the movie are yet to be revealed. But fans are expecting more set photos, leaks, teasers, behind-the-scenes footage etc. in the coming weeks. The movie is a hard R and will be over the top when it comes to trolling fellow superheroes and villains.
But have we ever asked the most fundamental question- Does Deadpool really exists in the X-Men universe beyond those easter-eggs and comic-book references? Well, the opinion is mixed but the consensus is that at best the movie version is the semi-fictionalized version of the X-Men comic-book universe.
In fact, in the movie Logan, Wolverine said that comic-books are fantasy, they just made the names of the characters and it’s all a big fucking lie.
An enthusiastic Reddit user DToccs discussed this issue and more on a Fan Theories sub-reddit. His basic argument is that although the Deadpool movie is taking place in the world of X-Men comic-books established in Logan but the events and characters are heavily modified which makes it a separate universe. He said:
“The X-Men comics in Logan are based on real people and real events, although they have been twisted and changed to the point where people like Xavier and Logan who lived the events can’t even recognize them in the comics. The X-Men of the comics have some major changes from the real ones, all of the them (including Wolverine) wear colourful uniforms, Rogue can fly, Colossus is huge and Gambit a mutant from the 80s is contemporary with them…So I conclude that the Deadpool movies and the world they inhabit is actually the semi-fictionalized world of the X-Men comics that exist within the real world of the X-Men/Wolverine movies. Deadpool is a comic character loosely based on a real world mercenary from the 80s.”
He further explained and said:
“In Deadpool, Colossus is distinctly different from the Colossus of the actual X-Men movies in every way, but he does resemble his character shown in the comics. Wade Wilson a mercenary who was active during the 80s and connected to the Weapon X program is instead placed in the 2010s as a contemporary of the X-Men, much the same way that the Gambit character in the comics is moved in time from his real world counterpart. The big thing though is Nega Sonic Teenage Warhead and what she represents. In Deapool the school is clearly active and is presented in such a way that you are to assume there are other young mutants there alongside her. However in the world of the X-Men movies, no new mutant has been born since the early 2000s when Zander Rice and Transigen deployed their targeted gene therapy. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is simply too young to exist.”
Well, this should settle it and whether Deadpool 2 become a huge hit or not, it will be success or failure of Deadpool, not X-Men.