Crossovers. They have suddenly become common place in Hollywood. Every studio is rushing to create their own contained universe, with characters zipping back and forth between team adventures and solo movies. Marvel is the king of this. And they aren't even containing themselves within the studio, bringing in Sony's Spider-Man to help Iron Man fight Captain America. So what happened to X-Men: Apocalypse? Where is the fun crossover cameo? Some might point to Wolverine, but he's been here since the beginning. What this movie needed was a good old fashion kick of Deadpool. And you know it!
With X-Men: Apocalypse opening to a somewhat tepid $65 million it seems that this may have finally been a Marvel film people didn't want to really go see. I know, that sounds ludicrous. The weekend gross isn't exactly chump change, but the reviews on this property seem to say otherwise. We truly think that could have changed for the better. And Ryan Reynolds was the man to do it.
With the New York Times suggesting that the franchise is "tiring" and other outlets greeting this film with a ho-hum shrug, it appears that something is clearly missing here. Maybe, at 6 movies and three spinoffs, people are feeling Mutant fatigue. If they're not calling out the overdone action scenes, it seems that Oscar Isaac's take on Apocalypse has elicited a collective yawn. More to the point, a lot of people don't exactly think that this film even needed to be made. Add to that, it's only been roughly two years since the stellar X-Men: Days of Future Past. Audiences actually remember that was a good movie.
Having screened the film in the comfort of my local cinemaplex, I had a thought while watching this film. The idea came to me so thoroughly well formed that I found myself unable to shake it. X-Men: Apocalypse needed some spice. A certain flavoring. It needed a bolt of electricity to strike it and shake it off its foundation. Something that would make it truly sing amongst the box office masses.
What was that thing? Well, it had a solid director in Bryan Singer. The cast was top notch (with a cameo by Hugh Jackman even!). But we know fully well who could've pushed this film from the decent to the epic category. The one driving force that people would have actually paid to see. If this is going to be 20th Century Fox's big Marvel shared universe, why not utilize it? That's what left me crying, 'Where's Deadpool?' After credits rolled.
Deadpool. Yes! That black and red, comedic, sword swinger is just what this latest X-Men movie needed. Anybody familiar with his first outing would know that one of the subplots of that film is Colossus and Nagasonic Teenage Warhead trying to get him to join the team. Well, he certainly could've been used here. The question is: How? Look no further as we present 5 Ways Deadpool Could've Saved X-Men: Apocalypse!
X-Men: Apocalypse Needed Its Own Spider-Man
Alright, Captain America: Civil War, love it or hate it, one thing was abundantly clear, everybody loved and wanted to see more of Spider-Man (Tom Holland). In fact, so palpable was the chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) and Holland, that the Iron one is going to play a major role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Well, imagine the scene in X-Men: Apocalypse when Xavier's school is suddenly attacked. Rather than have another "80s grab" (the film is LITTERED with so many unnecessary references to that time period, it's hard to appreciate that the film is even set there), or even Quicksilver come in and save the day, what if Deadpool had done that? Sure, the ultimate carnage to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters would probably have been astronomical BUT Deadpool could've brought a lot of humor to it. On top of that, a scene involving his grand arrival might have even pushed this film into Kick-Ass or Kingsman territory. Ultimately, X-Men: Apocalypse might've really been better served if they had followed their own playbook...Or, to put it bluntly, just do what Civil War did.