Is anyone else sick of the expression “set up the next movie”?
This is all getting very boring. The Wolverine set up X-Men: Days of Future Past, in that it had a scene right at the end that had no connection to the wider movie, and did nothing to help the plot of the film.
Then X-Men: Days of Future Past set up X-Men: Apocalypse, by way of a post-credit scene that was ultimately a waste of time, and even contradicted the next movie. Why, if Apocalypse built all the pyramids, did he include a giant smashy chamber that could destroy it if his enemies knocked a big stone down a chute?
After that, X-Men: Apocalypse set up Logan by featuring Weapon X, and with a post-credit reference to the Essex Corp that had even longtime readers of the comics rushing to Wikipedia to make sense of everything.
No doubt Logan will feature some tease for New Mutants, even though the two films occur in different time periods, feature none of the same actors, and might not even be in the same timeline.
This is all just the Fox superhero movies. Marvel has Thor taking a magic bubblebath in Age of Ultron to set up Ragnarok, while DC just jams The Flash into its movies for no reason, as often as possible, just in case you missed the 24 rolling news cycle that is the Justice League marketing campaign.
Deadpool was a bit of a rest from all this. As the black sheep of the superhero family, it seems Fox kind of wanted to keep the film as far away from its main continuity as possible until the movie either tanked, or scraped by enough to warrant further evaluation.
But with the unexpected blockbusting that the movie achieved, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick aren’t getting off so lightly this time around.
Somebody at Fox has a gun pointed at their pets, and unless they write as many X-Force teases as possible into the script for Deadpool 2 as possible, Mr Tiffles goes to the tiny dog motel in the sky.
(In this fictional scenario, Paul Wernick owns a pet chihuahua. Rhett Reese owns gibbon monkey named Marcel.)
Here’s what Rhett Reese had to say when recently asked about the movie’s script:
“There is a responsibility we have to the X-Force universe, and I do think we will not disappoint the fans going into Deadpool 2 and then setting up X-Force and beyond.”
Seemingly distracted by thoughts of his pet, tied to a chair in a shady abandoned Fox studio lot, Paul Wernick added:
“We never want to let the tail wag the dog. We want to tell the best Deadpool story we can. But I do think we have a responsibility to think about a larger universe in the way that Marvel does and start to put pieces in place. Some of these movies feel overstuffed and almost choking with the need to set up eighteen different things that pay off down the road, and we want to avoid that responsibility to the extent that it hurts us. We want to hint at things, we want to plan some characters, and we want to make some nods, but we’re very, very cognizant about making sure that Deadpool is above all a Deadpool movie.”
In other words, ugggggggghhhh!
More of this nonsense! More movies endlessly hyping further movies!
Whatever happened to the days when a film could just tell a standalone adventure, and studios took every movie as an individual piece of storytelling without worrying about what’s next on the agenda?
This kind of thinking has us trapped in a cinematic environment that will be seeing an endless stream of Transformers movies until long after we’re dead. Ridley Scott’s going to jam at least one more unnecessary Alien prequel into a franchise that really can’t support it, and it’s only a matter of time before someone tries to soft-reboot Terminator again.
We’re getting four more Avatar movies!
This climate is untenable! Even standalone films like Deadpool are getting trapped in the nonsense spiral of movies acting as glorified commercials for other movies!
Do you know who’s to blame for all this ridiculousness?
Curse you for irrevocably altering the direction of modern cinema by making an amazing Avengers movie, and a second one that’s also pretty good even if it struggled to live up to the hype.
It struggled, by the way, because it was too bloated with magic bubblebaths and links to Black Panther movies.
You see? It’s a never-ending cycle, and we’re all trapped forever.
Even Deadpool isn’t safe.