Simon Kinberg: ‘Deadpool’ Will Reference ‘X-Men’ Movies, Character’s Pansexuality

With Deadpool just around the corner, the fine folks over at Collider interviewed the film’s producer, Simon Kinberg, (who’s also producing next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as writing its screenplay) where they asked him about the R-rated superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool. During the interview, Kinberg let loose some interesting references to expect in the film, including references to the already-existing X-Men films, and Deadpool’s pansexuality. 

For starters, Kinberg confirmed that the film will reference the X-Men universe, which Deadpool is a part of.

“It takes place within the X-Men universe and references that universe. It’s not the same time period as our past tense X-Men movies, like First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse take place in the past and Deadpool takes place in the present, but it acknowledges everything that’s happened in those other movies and the universe, and like you said Colossus is in it and other characters from the X-Men world.”

Kinberg also spilled that Deadpool will be a pansexual in the film, like he was in the comics.

“The goal is to be as true as possible to the essence of the Deadpool canon. The character, as you know, identifies as pansexual in the comics, and while we don’t explore it in depth in this film, it’s definitely alluded to. Mainly in this movie we cover his love story with Vanessa from the comics, but it’s certainly something that we could go deeper into in future movies and it has a presence in this one.”

And when asked about the possibility of a sequel, Kinberg replied:

“It’s certainly the hope, and there is conversation about what the idea would be and perhaps which characters we would bring in to a sequel. The writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, were a really integral part of the process. Our focus, like all of us, is on finishing the film, so I think as soon as we finish the film we’ll be talking seriously about the sequel and then we’ll wait a couple months and see how the movie does. Hopefully the movie will do great and we can keep making these movies, because I do think there’s a lot more story to tell. I’m assuming it’ll come out somewhere whether it’s on the internet or the DVD eventually, but on every single take there’s like an embarrassment of riches of alternate takes, whether it’s Ryan or T.J. Miller, pretty much any character in the movie just goofing around and coming up with other lines, ideas, abs. It’d be fun to keep making these movies because it doesn’t feel like we’ll run out of juice.”

So, there you have it. Based on the glowing reactions to the teaser trailer, as well as reports of those involved with the film being “over the moon” with what they put together, the possibility of another solo Deadpool film in the future doesn’t sound like too much of a stretch. Let’s just hope it does well at the box office, so we can get more of the character in the future!

Deadpool hits theaters February 12, 2016.

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