Fans have often lamented the studio politics that prevent the X-Men from appearing in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film (or vice versa), and that attitude is apparently shared by the people making the movies as well. In fact, Deadpool director Tim Miller says he's "ready" to see the Merc With a Mouth crossover with Spider-Man or other Marvel characters, a sentiment echoed by X-Men and Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg.
"I honestly can say, as an adult who works in this industry, you certainly can see all the reasons why it doesn't happen. The corporate inertia, just the lawyering of that deal alone is so daunting that I don't think anybody would seriously consider it," Miller told Comic Book Resources. "But as a fan, you just want to go, 'F--- man! Why can't I see that?' Because that's what I got in comic books. What's more, they had DC/Marvel crossover events that were just stupendous. On a creative level, you just want to say that comic books is just a huge world. I read Marvel, and I read DC, and I read Image, and I read small independent publishers. I've got a Goon comic book from Dark Horse. I love all of that stuff. To me, it's all one big world."
"We would love it," said Kinberg. "I mean, Tim and I talked about it quite a bit. We grew up on comics that did it all the time, quite freely. Not just within the Marvel Universe, but outside the Marvel Universe. So it'd be rad to see it. Those decisions are made by people at a much higher part of the food chain than Tim and I -- we just go execute it. But yeah, we would love it, and we certainly each have a really good relationship with Kevin Feige. Maybe one day there's a sit-down, Godfather-style dinner where we could broker a deal. It'd be cool."
Miller summed up the difficulties by saying, succinctly, "I'm ready for it, but the studios are not ready for it."
As for what the pair might adapt should the opportunity arise? "Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe. I love that. There's an arc. There's a story," teased Miller.
Deadpool was recently confirmed for a sequel, though no release date has been set.