If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Following it's surprise, record-breaking success, Deadpool is anything but broken. In fact, the Merc with a Mouth is firing ferociously on all cylinders, raring to go for a sequel, in pristine condition.
For those involved in producing Deadpool 2, the temptation could be to fix-up the stripped-down ethos, to boost the budget and align Wade Wilson with his peers. The thing is, Deadpool's allure lies with its grounded nature, something screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are conscious of.
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'Deadpool 2' May Not Feature High Profile X-Men Cameos
In an interview with Collider, the duo discussed the possibility of taking things up a notch for the follow-up. After all, with an international box office of close to $800m, it'd be within reason to request a significant increase on #Deadpool's $58m budget, by including some of the mutant elite. Despite the choice, though, the pair are resolute. Reese explained:
"You kinda don’t want a Ferrari in Deadpool unless it’s for a real purpose in the sense that Deadpool is a gritty, grimy, smaller thing, with characters you aren’t as familiar with. It’s a little bit like lovable losers. It’s not the A-list of superheroes, necessarily."
Will #Deadpool2 turn up the chance of including some well known #XMen? Can we completely rule out Hugh Jackman teaming up with his buddy #RyanReynolds by making a final final appearance as Wolverine? Not entirely. Reese added:
"The occasional cameo or appearance by an A-list type person could be really funny and/or dramatic. So we have an eye open for those things, but we don’t want to just put people in it because we can now, if that makes sense."
Sticking With What Made 'Deadpool' Successful
It's admirable the writing duo, along with Reynolds (who has a significant input into the decision-making process) are sticking to their (lack of) guns. Deadpool was a project driven forward by passion of the source material, with its fourth-wall-breaking, meta style offering something unique and providing a nice antidote to the seriousness of the DCEU and a deviation from the MCU's comfort zone.
Wade's world, although part of Fox's shared superhero landscape, the X-Verse, has been carefully constructed to best fulfil its psychotic protagonist. Reese notes that it would be possible to ramp up the budget, with Fox likely to agree to financing up to $200m, but that's "not in the character's DNA."
Instead, the core group of mutants from Deadpool will remain, with Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus confirmed to return, with careful additions in the form of half-cyborg #XForce leader Cable — with Pierce Brosnan's involvement recently teased — and skilled assassin Domino.
The main X-Men franchise will continue, with the recent reveal of working title X-Men: Supernova pointing at Fox's decision to embrace the Dark Phoenix Saga. And while it would be interesting to see Deadpool interact with the likes of Jean Grey, Cyclops or Quicksilver, it's not essential to the success of a sequel.
The A-list X-Men could eventually make an appearance in Deadpool's universe, but for now, the collection of comic book outsiders deserve the opportunity to run riot in their own gratuitous, foul-mouth playground.
Should Deadpool 2 feature high-profile X-Men? Or stick with lesser-known characters?