After so many fans saw the Deadpool movie in theaters on its opening weekend, eagle-eyed fans kept spotting more and more Marvel references, callbacks, and Easter eggs sprinkled liberally throughout the film. While some references are blatantly obvious, certain others had to be altered in order to avoid legal action with Marvel and its parent company, Disney. The creative team behind the film has slowly been giving fans further information about their intentions and ideas, and we were just recently given a big one.
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The climactic scenes of the movie take place on a massive, grounded and decommissioned derelict ship of some kind. Fans instantly started speculating about the true nature of the ship, and recently artist Emmanuel Shiu did confirm that while he was working on concept art for Deadpool, the ship was intended to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier as popularly seen in Marvel’s The Avengers and elsewhere throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s what Shiu had to say about the matter:
“[I] was asked to redesign the helicarrier so it looked as different as possible from the one in The Avengers. And it had to look like it had been taken apart in some places.”
And here is the concept art itself:
This obviously does not mean that Deadpool will be seen on-screen picking a side in Captain America: Civil War or interacting with anyone else in the MCU anytime soon – it’s just a fun little reference to the “bigger world” of Marvel. But one can dream!