During the climactic scene of Deadpool, our eponymous hero travels to a new location

in order to face down Ajax and rescue Vanessa.

The setting of the scene looked quite familiar,

like it was one of the damaged helicarriers of S.H.I.E.L.D., possibly from the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Is there any source, official or otherwise (press publication, Twitter status, blog post, etc.), to indicate whether or not that's what it really is? Since Deadpool is part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe, is it even allowed to have such a reference (if officially acknowledged anywhere)?

This is not asking where the Amix Group got/came into possession of the carrier, like the linked duplicate below.

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    Was this scene in Deadpool a reference- Yes. The answer is always yes. Feb 14, 2016 at 9:23
  • @ibid That's asking a different question (how did group X acquire this object) based on some incorrect assumptions. We know those assumptions are incorrect due to the answer, but better yet, due to this question and answer set. Regardless, that question was asked a week after mine, so really it should be closed as a dupe of mine, if they were the same question.
    – TylerH
    Feb 24, 2017 at 15:49
  • @TylerH - Different questions, but overlapping answers. I vtc this one because I felt the other one has more extensive answers.
    – ibid
    Feb 24, 2017 at 15:52
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    @TylerH - The other question has answers with direct quotes from producers and involves a lot more of the in-universe history. It's answers do a good job answering both questions. The one short answer posted here doesn't.
    – ibid
    Feb 24, 2017 at 16:07
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    I won’t roll back the edit of the tag again to avoid an edit war but I will say that is not how the tag should be used.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Nov 30, 2018 at 22:22

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They didn't have the rights.

“We wanted the carrier to be a Helicarrier,” said Reese of the concluding fight scene’s setting, “but we couldn’t get the rights to that, so it was just a regular old kind of aircraft carrier.”

Flickering Myth, Exclusive: Deadpool “couldn’t get the rights” to Avengers joke

  • The article's title says it was for a joke. What was the joke?
    – J Doe
    Feb 16, 2016 at 0:09
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    The carrier probably was the joke, seeing that it shouldn't be there since its from another universe
    – DLE
    Feb 16, 2016 at 11:16

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