The Marvel comics character Deadpool, in 616 and most other incarnations, is a normal human given an offer that he couldn't resist when he developed cancer. The offer involved being experimented on and given a distilled copy of the X-Men character Wolverine's mutant healing factor. This is constantly referred to, and links Deadpool to Wolverine in a very intimate way. Mutants typically develop their powers during adolescence/puberty due to stress and hormones, the powers sometimes in response to environmental conditions or genetic history.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine has a DINO version of Deadpool (in Name Only), that not only inherits Wolverine's mutant healing factor, but a few others as well. Then X-Men Days of Future Past happens and wipes out this timeline.

The 2016 film, set in the new timeline, changes this by making Deadpool a latent mutant, who's powers only develop through repeated stress trials, and in response to environmental conditions (cancer, death). His specific connection to Wolverine was removed, as was the overall connection to the shared backstory of the Weapon X program.

As Wolverine and Deadpool exist in the same movie universe, with no complications like the other comic movie universe, why was this drastic change to the character's origin done?

  • Even in game deadpool he did mentioned his healing factor is credited somewhat to wolverine. Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 6:56
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    @Abhishekgurjar that's because the game is based off the comics. Unfortunately its mostly based on the Daniel Way era eww
    – cde
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 7:38
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    cause they couldn't afford hugh jackman in Deadpool ;-)
    – DForck42
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:47
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    @DForck42 jokes aside, they wouldn't need to have Hugh in the film to mention "the serum was developed using the blood of a previous mutant test subject" wink wink nudge nudge.
    – cde
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 16:51
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    @cde lol. in all honesty, it was probably a deliberate attempt to be just a LITTLE bit further away from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. that's just speculation though
    – DForck42
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 16:55

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Interviews from the cast have stated that they wanted to distance themselves from the previous, negatively received X-Men movies (looking at you X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Obviously the goal is that fans appreciate the better versions of the character more than they dislike the continuity alteration…

If you’re concerned that Deadpool will always drift a bit away from the larger X-Men world, however, I wouldn’t fret too much. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick recognize the potential in the future for the main X-Men movies to catch up with their deadly anti-hero, and are mentally preparing to take on the narrative challenges that will be presented. Reese told me, We had fun with it, and at some point, I think we might have to make some hard decisions, but hopefully the X universe will have caught up by that point and it’ll make it easier on us.

It's likely a combination of this and management at Fox looking to play it safe by not directly linking a new venture with an established series of movies.

Source: cinemablend.com


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