Last year we were given a completely surprising and successful comic book film as Ryan Reynolds was able to make up for his Wade Wilson performance from X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the film Deadpool. Even though Reynolds the actor was a huge part of the creative team, the real brain-trust behind the funny jokes and the direction of the film belonged to the writers, and in this case it was Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Due to the immense income created and the popularity of the film these two writers have been given much more autonomy by the powers that be.
Fresh off getting snubbed by the Oscars for a Best Picture nomination, the duo seemed to maintain their facetious nature as THR interviewed them on their humor in the Deadpool film and the future of the franchise which starts with Deadpool 2. Here the writers are asked if the strange X-Men timeline will affect the Deadpool franchise in the future and if a standalone film is better suited for a comic book adaptation than a shared universe.
Paul Wernick: “What’s nice is Deadpool exists in his own universe. He’s part of the larger X-Men universe, but in a way he isn’t. He interacts with that world but he is in the present. We don’t deal with the ’60s or the ’70s or the future. It’s here and now. More than anything, I think he’s going to have his fun with what they do in the other franchise. But fortunately, we don’t have to play by those same rules. Deadpool is a movie that did break all the rules. And I think we’re going to continue to break those rules. That involves knowing that he’s in a movie, talking to the audience, breaking that fourth wall, a characteristic that they established so brilliantly in the comics way back when. So yeah, I do think that timelines are something that we can make fun of and don’t have to be slave to.”
Rhett Reese: “I think sometimes the movies get a little overstuffed trying to set up future movies and it almost feels burdensome or obligatory, where you are weaving in four or five different plots that really aren’t in service of the current movie, but are to set up audience anticipation or logic for what’s coming. We really are trying our best to avoid that. There is something to the movie that is just worried about itself for the moment.
The different universes tend to have different tones, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a very specific, genius tone that was set in Iron Man and has lived well beyond that into the other movies. DC tends to have its own tone, which is this dark, gritty tone. The X-Men have their own tone, which is kind of somewhere in between. Not too funny, not too light. But not quite as dark as the DC stuff. And I think what we stumbled into was a new tone, and I haven’t seen Logan, so it’s tough to say if they have it, but I think we hope to have our own universe that is defined less by characters and timelines and things like that and more by tone. The hope is Deadpool 2 and X-Force and future movies all be this new, consistent, sillier tone. More self-aware tone. And edgier and rated-R tone. We want to be establishing the universe but also focusing on each individual movie and not worrying too much about building a larger threat to the world or a larger plot machination.”
I am completely cool with Deadpool 2 being it’s own entity, and I see no real place for them in the shared X-Men universe. What do you think, should Deadpool make a cameo or even have a main role in future X-Men movies? Should Deadpool be in continuity with the shared X-Men world? Let’s hear from you!
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