ByRicky Derisz, writer at
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Ricky Derisz

Picture the scene: It's a warm summer's day in Vancouver, the scent of freshly cut grass fills the air, children are playing, the gentle hum of birdsong caresses the picturesque contours of the mountainous skyline, and a masked man violently skewers a thug like a human kebab, the splurge of blood splatter painting a grim portrait that contrasts the idyllic backdrop.

Then the director yells "cut!" — it's only a film! Phew. Unnecessarily superfluous introductions aside, the summer's day is in June, 2017, the man behind the mask is Hollywood A-list actor Ryan Reynolds, we're on the film set of , and I should've taken creative writing classes.

Fortunately for fans, the sequel to this year's surprise R-rated hit is still on track, despite director Tim Miller's shock departure in October. His replacement — John Wick (2015) director David Leitch — was hired quickly, allowing production to move ahead as planned. The result is a June 2017 start date, confirmed discreetly via What's Filming.

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Is Deadpool 2 Set For A Summer Release?

'Deadpool' was a surprise hit of 2016 [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Deadpool' was a surprise hit of 2016 [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Part of the allure of Deadpool was its subversive nature; made on a budget of $58 million — minuscule by superhero movie standards — the final product felt grounded and gritty, relying on 's effortlessly charismatic portrayal, unrelenting well-timed jokes and a tight script. That movie was also filmed in Vancouver, and using the location for a second time suggests are sticking to the winning ingredients.

This time, the start of production is a little later in the year. Deadpool began filming in March 2015, ready for a release 11 months later in February the following year. After Fox's rejigging of their upcoming superhero slate, we originally speculated that the sequel could take the March 2, 2018 slot — but that would require a condensed production time of nine months.

It's not an impossible task. However, add in the recent news that a new X-Men movie will start production in spring, and it looks like Deadpool 2 may be set for a summer release, presumably taking the slot for June 29, 2018, with the movie being released earlier in March. No Valentines Day marketing this time around, then.

Introducing The X-Force

Domino and Cable will star in 'Deadpool 2' [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Domino and Cable will star in 'Deadpool 2' [Credit: Marvel Comics]

Although we can expect a modest depiction, Deadpool 2 will introduce a few new faces. The big addition will be Cable, a close acquaintance of Wade Wilson in the comics and the figurehead of the X-Force. Rumors that Tim Miller's falling out with Reynolds was down to disagreements over the casting of the character illustrates the importance of his role.

Cable's love interest, Domino, will also be added to the cast. With the likes of Psylocke, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Storm (introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse) this could likely mark the opening chapter of , a decision no doubt influenced by the audience reception to this year's record breaking R-rated superhero, with news Deadpool 3 is already in the works.

Until the highly-anticipated return of the Merc with the Mouth hits the big screen, there's just one thing to remember: If you're planning on visiting Vancouver next summer, make sure you wear your brown pants.

Deadpool 2 or a new X-Men movie: What are you looking forward to the most?

(Source: What's Filming)


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