Tim Miller Says That’s Not A ‘SHIELD’ Helicarrier In Deadpool

Tim Miller Says That’s Not A ‘SHIELD’ Helicarrier In Deadpool

By Amanda Joyce Mar 01, 2016 10:00 AM

Fans noticed one very familiar looking downed vehicle during the huge confrontation at the end of Deadpool. As blood was spilled and mutant abilities were used when Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) confronted Ajax (Ed Skrein), viewers recognized the base the villain was working out of as a downed helicarrier, a vehicle Marvel fans will recognize from the Avengers universe, probably most specifically Avengers: Age of Ultron when one flew in during a crucial point in the film, which is out of a separate movie studio. It even made our list of Deadpool Easter eggs. Tim Miller, who directed the film, says not so fast.

In a new interview with Collider, Miller was quick to point out that just because it might resemble a SHIELD helicarrier doesn’t mean it is one. In fact, he argued that many organizations within the Marvel comic book universe use similar vehicles, and it was simply a nod, “I just want to say for the record, there's a lot of groups in the Marvel Universe who use flying combat platforms. It's not just a helicarrier. AIM has some. There's a lot of groups that do.” He also added, “It could have been anything but a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, because that would be outside the purview of the Fox/Marvel arrangement.”

As many movie goers are aware, some of the Marvel comic book characters are leased by 20th Century FOX, while some rest in the hands of Marvel Studios. Marvel’s Avengers movies, Agents of SHIELD, and Netflix series like Daredevil all exist within the same cinematic universe. Deadpool, though it’s timeline is a little unclear, is set alongside the X-Men universe owned by FOX. The two studios have an agreement that allows some characters and properties to be shared, but others are off limits.

AIM, which Miller alluded to in his quote, for example, has been used by both studios, as has Hydra. The studios had to reach an agreement in 2014 when it came to the film rights of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch so that both could utilize the characters on screen in their franchises as well.

Of course, Miller’s sentiment that the helicarrier isn’t actually a helicarrier does conflict with what conceptual artist Emmanuel Shiu said earlier this year when the resemblance was pointed out to him. Shiu said that it was a helicarrier, but that he was asked to make it look as far from the MCU version as possible to not confuse fans of both franchises.

Either way, we doubt the use of a helicarrier in Deadpool is something Marvel Studios is going to worry about. The nod to the source material just provides for fans of both the movie franchises and the comic books to spot a fun Easter egg.

You can currently catch Deadpool in theaters while Avengers: Age of Ultron is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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