I recently read that the Wade Wilson character was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, before he became Deadpool. I had forgotten this because it has been a while since I saw that movie.

What other movies has the Wade Wilson character been in, and what is the brief synopsis of the cinematic back story of Wade Wilson? Are any of Wade Wilson's movie appearances in the MCU?

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    Well, since the MCU is the acronym for the Marvel (=Disney) Cinematic Universe, and X-Men (including the Wolverine movies and the upcoming Deadpool movie) are 20th Century Fox' property, Wade Wilson has been in 0 MCU movies so far, since Marvel (/Disney) do(es)n't actually have the rights to the character. A brief synopsys of his MCU appearance is therefore as follows (extremely brief): " " Yup, that's about it.
    – BMWurm
    Feb 1, 2016 at 11:05
  • @MikeEdenfield: yeah I think you’re probably right. Feb 1, 2016 at 16:25
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    Closely related but not a duplicate: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/99251/…
    – KutuluMike
    Feb 1, 2016 at 16:56
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    "I had forgotten this because it has been a while since I saw that movie." It's probably for the best to continue to forget about it. That's what I'm doing.
    – Ellesedil
    Feb 3, 2016 at 1:54

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Character description:

Deadpool was depicted as a supervillain when he made his first appearance [...] but has since evolved into the role of an antihero. Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor. He is known as the "Merc with a Mouth" because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to create humorous effect.
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  • Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He was played by Ryan Reynolds.

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  • He is getting a sort of reboot in his own film, Deadpool with Reynolds reprising the role. This film is part of the continuity of the X-Men films.

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Deadpool is part of the continuity of the X-Men films. The X-Men films are not part of the MCU as the rights are owned by Twentieth Century Fox while Disney owns Marvel Studios. Therefore the X-Men film universe and and the Marvel Cinematic Universe do not share any continuity.

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    It's good that it's not in the MCU, because Deadpool has a history of kinda... breaking the universe... Feb 1, 2016 at 13:01

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is actually not part of the MCU. It’s part of the X-Men film series, produced by 20th Century Fox.

Prior to Deadpool (2016), that was Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s only appearance on the silver screen, so no, we haven’t seen that character in the MCU. (In short, 20th Century Fox owns the movie rights to “mutants” from Marvel Comics, which includes Deadpool.)

In Origins, Wade Wilson is part of the mutant mercenary group including Wolverine, Sabretooth, and Will.i.am from the Black-Eyed Peas. Later in the movie, he is both imbued with the powers of several deal mutants by Major Stryker (making him “the dead pool”), and (as the Deadpool teaser trailer noted) inexplicably has his f—ing mouth sewed shut. He fights Wolverine on top of a cooling tower and gets his head chopped off, although because he has a healing power like Wolverine’s, this may not have mattered very much.

The upcoming Deadpool movie is also part of the X-Men film series (it has Colossus in it!), and so theoretically shares continuity with Origins, but it will essentially ignore that film entirely in relation to Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s character history.

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    "the mercenary group including Wolverine, Sabretooth, and Will.i.am from the Black-Eyed Peas" ^_^ John Wraith... he didn't exactly portray his stage persona.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2016 at 13:07
  • @FuzzyBoots: he did not. I just like to remind myself that the first solo Wolverine movie having the guy behind ‘Where Is The Love’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’ in the cast is a thing that happened. Feb 1, 2016 at 16:25
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    Everyone knows Wade Wilson was also in Blade Trinity, he was just undercover and using a different alias.
    – CBredlow
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:08
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    @CBredlow Yes, I believe his undercover name was "F**k You"
    – Möoz
    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:08

2 appearances of characters named Wade Wilson

Both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deadpool feature characters named Wade Wilson who are played by Ryan Reynolds.

1 appearance of the Wade Wilson character from Deadpool

Quoting from CinemaBlend's review of the movie's script:

the character of Deadpool exists in a world where Wolverine is a movie that he’s seen, and hates

0 appearances of Wade Wilson in the MCU

The character is owned by Fox and therefore had never appeared in the MCU (which is owned by Disney)

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