Although Ryan Reynolds gets a lot of attention for his own creative contributions to last year’s surprise hit Deadpool, the real brains behind the film’s irreverent decisions belong to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The pair, who have been given even more autonomy in writing the upcoming sequel, were recently interviewed by THR. At one point, the duo was asked whether or not the convuluted timeline of the X-Men movies will affect the Deadpool franchise and their responses indicate that the shared universe concept really has no bearing on the Merc with a Mouth.
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.”
Deadpool is really unlike any other comic book character, so it’s fitting that he would have his own loose Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see how the writers play with this concept going forward, as it sounds like they can pretty much do whatever they want when it comes to tying in other characters, continuity be damned. Even though those Logan rumors turned out to be false, it would feel like a missed opportunity if Deadpool and Wolverine don’t share the screen at some point.