Over the years, the X-Men cinematic timeline has been a bit confusing. Well, it's actually been incredibly confusing.
The multiple trilogies have gone back and forth in time, featured Wolverine spin-outs, and found a way to have multiple versions of the same character in a film together. It's a bit of a mess.
While Deadpool took place in the same general universe as the other films, it straight-up made fun of the messy timeline. When Colossus was dragging Deadpool across the bridge, the character commented on the different actors that play Professor X, and said their existence totally confuses him.
So, where does Deadpool actually fit into the X-Men timeline?
In a recent interview, the Deadpool writers - Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick - were asked about Deadpool's place in the universe. Wernick reacted by not only answering the question, but letting everyone know exactly why Deadpool can make those kind of comments, and still manage to exist in that world.
"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."
When you break a few rules, there's no sense in adhering to the rest of them. Why not just go all out?
That's exactly what Deadpool did, and Deadpool 2 will look to continue that trend.
Deadpool's Holiday Blu-ray package is now available and retails for $25.99. Deadpool 2 is expected to begin filming next year and is due out January 12, 2018.
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