Remember when Deadpool was enjoying its first week of release, breaking box office records left and right? And one of the movie's concept artists confirmed that the last scene of the 20th Century Fox adventure takes place on Marvel's iconic Helicarrier? Well, that obviously didn't sit well with Marvel and Disney, who own the rights to this vehicle associated with their Avengers franchise. Now, director Tim Miller is going on the record to deny that it is, in fact, the Helicarrier that we see during the climactic fight scene in his runaway blockbuster hit.
Deadpool has, perhaps, more Easter eggs than any movie before it. And the Helicarrier Easter egg would have kept fans guessing had artist Emmanuel Shiu not shown off some early concept art that was clearly marked with the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship's name. This wouldn't be such a big deal, as the movie references all kind of Marvel characters and comic books. But Fox can't rightly claim that this is, in fact, the Helicarrier. And now, Tim Miller has to make that very clear to audience members who might get his ship confused with the one seen in Marvel's The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Bottom line: There is no Helicarrier in Deadpool.Though, when Deadpool and Ajax go at it in that old shipyard, it sure looks like the leftover wreckage from said ship. Many thought it was an odd Easter egg to begin with, for the sole fact that 20th Century Fox doesn't own the rights to use the vehicle or anything directly related to S.H.I.E.L.D. About the fun little nod, Tim Miller made this denial to Collider to clear up any confusion.
"No, it's clearly not the Helicarrier. I just want to say for the record, there's a lot of groups in the Marvel universe who use flying combat platforms. It's not just the Helicarrier. A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) has some. It could have been anything but a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Because that would be outside of the purview of the Fox/Marvel arrangement."
If you go and watch the video on Collider, you'll see that the director's grin continues to grow as he makes his declaration that this is not a Marvel vehicle on display in his Fox movie. It's unlikely that Marvel and Disney would ever file a lawsuit against Deadpool, but as it nears $600 million at the global box office, you can never be too sure.
While he never used the word 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', artist Emmanuel Shiu did confirm that the Helicarrier was used as the basis for his design. But there were significant tweaks made to insure that it didn't look exactly like the vessel seen in the Marvel movies. And truthfully, it could be argued that this falls under the category of parody, especially since no one in the movie calls it a 'Helicarrier'. The movie also uses Hydra Bob, a Marvel owned character. While he is only referenced as Bob, it has been hinted that this is, indeed, the often-used S.H.I.E.L.D. character from the comic books. But that is also being denied by Deadpool's creative team. However you want to look at it, True Believers know what's up! No matter how strongly the director says it's just not 'true'!