Now, in the wake of the roaring success of #Fox's #Deadpool back in 2016 (to the tune of a $783 million worldwide gross) you might think that the film's creative team would be under a whole lot of pressure to precisely replicate that success at the box office when its sequel finally hits the big screen. After all, Hollywood has long been fond of bleeding a winning formula dry, and Deadpool certainly seems to have stumbled onto a winning formula of snark, meta-gags and R-rated violence.
As such, it seems reasonable to suspect that the sequel, #Deadpool2, will for the most part follow its progenitor's pattern pretty precisely, no? Well, perhaps not so much.
'Deadpool 2' Might Just Be A Whole Lot Bigger Than We Thought
That, at least, is what the film's writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese recently suggested during an interview with Deadline. Indeed, when asked whether the film was still set to be a standalone movie — as opposed to, say, an X-Force-themed spin-off — Reese noted that:
"Yeah, it’ll be a solo movie. It’ll be populated with a lot of characters, but it is still Deadpool’s movie, this next one."
Which, on the one hand, very much confirms that we're still talking about a Deadpool-centric solo movie, but on the other, suggests a very different sort of film from the extremely stripped down Deadpool. After all, compared to the vast majority of superhero movies out there, Deadpool featured strikingly few major characters, something which seems set to change in the sequel. In other words? If you were hoping for a whole lot of Cable's extended comic book crew to turn up in the sequel, we might well have some good news for you. What's more:
'Deadpool 2' Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought
Even if it does also seem to have been a whole lot of work for its intrepid writing duo. As Reese put it:
"We’re pushing forward very hard. I think by every account we will shoot it this year, and we’re on our multiple draft now. It’s taken different twists and turns, but it’s really coalescing, and we’re very, very excited. We’re a little nervous, because now we feel like we have to live up to the first movie, but at the same time, we have to have faith, and we have an extreme passion still, and as long as we have passion still, and it’s not a mercenary, venal play, which we don’t think this is, I think we’ll be in good shape."
A lack of a completed screenplay, though, might well explain star #RyanReynolds's recent revelation that the project isn't being hurried into production. After all, with the original screenplay clearly having benefited from some time to breathe, there's every chance that rushing could have proven catastrophic.
It Seems A Deadpool/X-Men Crossover Is Very Much On The Table
Indeed, from the sounds of it, the idea of Deadpool teaming up with the #XMen in the near future has very much been mooted. The only problem, according to Reese?
"It hasn’t been planned yet."
Thankfully, though, it seems as though he and Wernick have, at the very least, got some ideas about how such a project could work:
"I don’t think it would be too hard to drop Deadpool into another movie. We’re used to watching straight man protagonists who are surrounded by comic relief sidekicks; what we weren’t sure would work was if you could take a movie and make the lunatic, crazy person the protagonist, and surround him with more sane, normal people. That was our goal when we introduced the X-Men into Deadpool’s world, so we put Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in there, and they’re clearly much more serious characters; in particular, Colossus, who’s a bit of a square. He’s very un-ironic; to take him and drop him as a foil opposite Deadpool, who’s the crazy unreliable narrator at the center of your story, it really was an experiment, and we think it worked. There was enough sanity surrounding Deadpool’s insanity that it balanced pretty nicely. I think you could probably take Deadpool the way they did with Spider-Man in 'Civil War' and drop him into a serious movie and it might work, but only time will tell.
#CaptainAmericaCivilWar, only with Deadpool (and hopefully Wolverine)? Yup, that could work.
What do you think, though? What are you hoping to see in Deadpool 2, whenever it arrives? Let us know below!