Admittedly, we did think this when we were watching Deadpool, but apparently the third act of the film takes place on a rather famous Marvel set. It’s caused plenty of speculation and debate and, now, the so-called Easter Egg has been confirmed by Deadpool’s concept art, definitively settling all debate.
Yes, that is the Helicarrier as seen in The Avengers, with a bit of a twist. After watching the climax of Deadpool unfold, many fans were adamant that the iconic Helicarrier from the first Avengers movie had made an unexpected cameo, but how was it possible when Marvel owns the rights to it?
Artist Emmanuel Shiu had this to say about the Helicarrier’s inclusion, showing off a piece of concept art to io9 (via Squareeyed) that is clearly marked ‘Helicarrier’: “[I] was asked to redesign the helicarrier so it looked as different as possible from the one in The Avengers. And it had to look like it had been taken apart in some places.”
No, unfortunately this does not inadvertently promise a Deadpool/Avengers crossover in the future, it’s simply a nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox were clever in changing the helicarrier so they wouldn’t get sued by Disney for creative theft, with its redesign meaning it falls under ‘parody.’ It’s also never referred to as the helicarrier in Deadpool.
The Helicarrier is a flying aircraft used in the Avengers movie to transport various S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents and the rest of the MCU superheroes. We witness its destruction in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Helicarrier was mentioned in Mr. Sunday Movies’ Deadpool Easter egg video (below), which provided a comprehensive run-through of all the easter eggs, cameos and references throughout Deadpool. There are some obvious nods to Deadpool’s original appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and his critically-mauled portrayal of Green Lantern. The Merc also freely pokes fun at the X-Men universe, like when Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) tries to drag Deadpool back to the X-Mansion to see Professor X, the Merc responds by asking which Professor he’s going to see, James McAvoy or Patrick Stewart.