Now that Deadpool has come and conquered the box office, fanboy attentions are gradually turning towards the sequel, which has already been announced and is moving along smoothly according to star Ryan Reynolds.
The hope for the sequel would be that the writers would continue the crossover with the X-Men universe, after seeing Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus in the first movie at Professor X’s mansion. However, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have tempered expectations for the upcoming sequel in saying that fans should not expect further crossovers.
“You probably won’t [see them in the sequel],” Reese admitted, “But maybe in future go-rounds,” referring to Garrison Kane, Sluggo and Wire who all appeared in original drafts of Deadpool.
Reese pointed to a difference in timelines for not having an X-Men/Deadpool crossover.
“Oh for sure, 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 explained. “The second issue at hand is the ‘X-Men’ universe timeline. ‘The X-Men’ series is currently set in the 1980s, ‘Deadpool,’ is set three decades later in our present day.”
“It’s a timeline that will eventually catch up I would imagine,” Wernick said. “But [‘X-Men’ producer] Simon [Kingberg’s] more the keeper of that universe and maybe we’ll see more X-Men playing in Deadpool’s sandbox and probably Deadpool playing in their sandbox at some point.” But the writer also cautioned about merging the franchises too soon.
“Deadpool’s now become a brand and franchise unto himself, independent of the ‘X-Men’ and that’s great,” Wernick continued. “And 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.”
So, to conclude, we’re likely to see future minor X-Men characters in Deadpool movies but you shouldn’t be expecting Wolverine or Magneto to pop up anytime soon. That’s not to say it won’t happen eventually, but certainly not in the immediate future.