There is still a great deal that we don’t know about director Tim Miller’s upcoming Deadpool movie – but one element from the script that has been generating chatter for years is the possible presence of Colossus, who we’ve previously seen on the big screen played by Daniel Cudmore in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Talks about this potential role has only gotten louder in the last few days, have reports have come out claiming to have confirmation of Colossus’ involvement, but whether or not that story is true, one thing is definitely certain: having an established X-Men character appear in the film would be a very big deal for both the movie and the franchise as a whole.

Why is that, you ask? Well, there are actually really very three key reasons, and I’ve laid them out for you below!

X-Men Days of Future Past
It Helps Rebuild The X-Men Universe Timeline
With X-Men: Days of Future Past effectively hitting restart on the mutant franchise, and X-Men: Apocalypse only moving the story forward by about 10 years, there remains a ton of ground for the X-Men series to cover in its timeline – including the present day. By featuring Colossus and other previously established X-characters in Deadpool, however, there exists a big opportunity to explain what’s going on with mutants in the modern world, decades after the likes of James McAvoy’s Professor X, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto and others changed history.

Admittedly, setting Deadpool in the present is a bit awkward timeline-wise, given that Ryan Reynold’s Wade Wilson was first shown to be a fully grown adult in the early 1980s when X-Men Origins: Wolverine was set, but his youthful vigor should be explainable simply because of his powerful healing factor. Add the fact that he has largely been known just to do his own thing, bringing in a character like Colossus could be a great way for the audience to get a grasp on what the world is really like in the post-Days of Future Past timeline.

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