It was recently confirmed that a live-action Deadpool movie is in the works, but how it would (or even if it would) fit into the existing X-Men movie universe has always been the question.
Chatting to ComicBook.com, producer Simon Kinberg – who’s also been on script duties for Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse – said that “there’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now, and Deadpool obviously fits into that”.
He added that “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”.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tim Miller, who’s been attached for a while, is directing. Ryan Reynolds is still the favourite to take the lead role, given his long-standing attachment to the project. But as of yet, he’s not confirmed in the role.
Reynolds last portrayed the merc-with-a-mouth in 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although the character differed quite a bit from the comic-book source material. The confirmation that Deadpool is happening comes after test footage of the film leaked a few weeks ago (embedded below).
The reaction to said footage was strong, and might just have convinced Fox to give Deadpool a try, and the studio announced that the movie will have a February 2016 release date.