Logan just arrived in theaters and fans of the more violent side of Fox’s X-Men movies franchise were pleasantly surprised to find that a live-action short featuring Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool preceded the feature.
The short, titled "No Good Deed," is mostly comedic in nature, showing Wade Wilson botch an attempt to save a victim from a violent crime because he was wasting too much time changing into his superhero suit in a phone booth.
The short is now available to view online and closer inspection reveals a possible X-Men Easter egg that may be teasing a major Marvel Comics character coming to the Deadpool sequel.
If you look closely at the top right corner of the inside of the phone both before Deadpool closes the door you’ll notice graffiti that spells out “Hope!”
This could just be a random word that the producers and set designers chose to use twice in the short, though it would be an odd choice if that is the case. Or, it could be a reference to the Marvel Comics character called Hope Summers.
Hope Summers’ name is very important. The character’s first appearance came during the Messiah CompleX X-Men crossover. At the time, fewer than 200 mutants remained on Earth after the “Decimation” that took place on M-Day (House of M). Messiah CompleX began when Cerebro picked up a new mutant birth, the first since M-Day, in Alaska.
What followed was a mutant manhunt as every major mutant faction in the Marvel Universe tried to gain possession of the newborn girl. Cable, who was believed dead at the time, beat everyone else to the child and went on the run.
Eventually, the X-Men caught up to Cable. The X-Man named Bishop wanted to kill the child because she would be responsible for creating the dystopian future he came from. Cable wanted to save the child because, in his timeline, she was responsible for saving mutantkind. Ultimately the decision came down to Cyclops, who named the child Hope for what she represented to mutants and gave her over to his son, Cable, to protect.
Cable took the girl and leaped into the timestream. Bishop followed. Cable intended to return to the present day pretty quickly but found his time-travel device was not functioning properly. Instead, he was forced to take Hope from one apocalyptic future to the next while trying to evade Bishop. Cable became a father to Hope, and so she took his last name, Summers.
When Cable and Hope finally return to the present during the Second Coming event, Hope is a teenager. She ignites the "Five Lights," the first five mutants to gain their powers since she did (Hope is capable of copying the powers of other mutants), and would later become the catalyst of the Avengers vs. X-Men event that would ultimately result in the rejuvenation of the mutant race.
SPOILERS for Logan follow.
We already know that Cable will be a part of Deadpool 2, so that’s one connection for Hope Summer to latch on to. However, there’s also a possible connection to Logan. Much like the Marvel Universe after House of M, the world of Logan has very few mutants and no new ones have been born for some time. Perhaps the Hope Summers from the X-Men movies universe could come from the future of the Logan timeline and return to the Deadpool timeline with Cable in order to ensure mutants have a future.
Hope Summers is also a host for the Phoenix Force, which could offer a connection to the rumored X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie as well.
This is all wild speculation for now, but it's pretty fun speculation. Keep your eyes on ComicBook.com for more Deadpool news.