According to producer extraordinaire Simon Kinberg, the X-Men universe is about to get a whole lot bigger with the addition of a couple more fan favorites.
Kinberg was at the Toronto International Film Festival to support director Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which he produced. The X-Men producer spoke to MTV News and revealed that the upcoming Deadpool (starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc With a Mouth) and Gambit (starring Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau) comic-book movies would have a spot within the continuity of the post-X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men universe. Not only that, but it looks like his plans also include to “cross-pollinate” characters from all the movies.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Kinberg also added that “There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.” Yep. You guys don't know just how much this makes me happy as a clam, but I'm totally curious as to how they’ll keep everything straight, timeline-wise. If you were wondering the same thing, seems we don't need to worry, because it looks like Kinberg has a chart to keep track of his characters -- of where and when everyone is.
“I don’t have it up on a wall, but I have it on my computer, and I have it sort of tattooed on my brain now too,” Kinberg said. “Nothing external, so that if I get knocked over the head, no one can read it. It’s literally behind my eyelids. But yeah, we have a clear sense of the directions we want to take them in and in my my mind at least, how we could start to cross-pollinate sort of with those characters that have their standalone movies.”
I'm sure some fans thought/hoped Fox would keep their Gambit and Deadpool standalone movies separate from the X-Men, but I think it’s exciting to see that that won’t be the case, that Fox and the powers-that-be seem to have put a lot of thought in getting the spinoffs to fit snugly into the X-Men cinematic universe. With Gambit actually being an X-Man and Deadpool’s long history with Wolverine in the Marvel comics, I’m looking forward to seeing these characters interacting across ALL the movie franchises, and popping up in each other's movies from time to time. How about you?
(via MTV News)