Is there anything more difficult to make sense of in movies than the X-Men film franchise? Whether it’s the initial trilogy, the three prequels that followed and completely changed the established timeline, or the three Wolverine spin-offs that are set all over the place, the X-Men movies are… a lot to deal with.
And that’s before you throw Deadpool into the mix. While the Merc with a Mouth makes a mockery of just about everything–and plenty of meta jokes at the expense of his own movie universe–Deadpool and Deadpool 2 do exist in the X-Men franchise. More specifically, they are set in the altered timeline that follows the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Where in that timeline, though? Based on simply watching the films, chances are you’d expect they were set in modern day–2016 for the first movie, 2018 for the second. However, Deadpool 2 throws a massive wrench in that assumption. If you have yet to see Deadpool 2, consider this your spoiler warning as we’re going to dig into the movie’s events.