We didn’t doubt that this would happen, the mechanics of it were really the bigger question, but we now have confirmation that Deadpool & Gambit will connect to the X-Men universe!
Speaking to MTV at the Toronto International Film Festival, X-Men creative superstar Simon Kinberg confirmed that the Merc With A Mouth & the Ragin’ Cajun will find themselves intertwined with the other mutants we already know and love:
“The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after ’Days of Future Past’ in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change from ’X1,’ ’2,’ ’3,’ everything from ’Days of Future Past’ forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon. So the ’Gambit’ movie, the ’Deadpool’ movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in ’Days of Future Past’ and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist within the same rules. There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.”
So there you have it, eventually, Deadpool and Gambit will have a part to play in the over-arching plot of the X-Men universe, even if the main team are currently residing in the 1980’s as is the case with X-Men: Apocalypse. The appearance of Colossus in Deadpool was really all the confirmation we needed but it is great to hear it straight from the man behind the action.
The mechanics or story that brings the past & present together will be the more interesting aspect of the interconnectivity, as how the mutant pair will eventually join their younger brethren is still unconfirmed. Although, presuming Deadpool & Gambit are set in the present, given how the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse are aged suitably to carry on through a 20+ year timeline. They aren’t too old to play teenagers, nor too young to play more mature mutants. Plus, you still have an original cast line-up more than keen to reprise their roles from the original X-Men trilogy.
We now expect however plenty of referencing to canonical X-Men universe events from Gambit and especially Deadpool who’s self-referential meta humour will make the greater universe a prime target for his comedic antics. All we want is a Wolverine/Deadpool team-up and/or versus movie.
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