It looks like Wade Wilson really is going all out for his second big screen outing. Deadpool 2 won't be just another solo adventure for the Merc with a Mouth. The film is also expected to do a whole lot of franchise-building for Fox by setting up characters like Cable and Domino, and planting the seeds for upcoming films like New Mutants (through Negasonic Teenage Warhead) and even X-Force.
But that's not all the world-building the Merc with a Mouth's new adventure is expected to do. As we just learned, Deadpool 2 could be delving deeper into comic book lore by introducing one of the most important organizations in #XMen history.
Will The Merc With A Mouth Get His Very Own Task Force?
A Twitter user by the name of @AnimalDesatado shared a picture from the Deadpool 2 set, showing a mysterious soldier clad in armor, sporting a DMC logo. As the user pointed out, the character looks extremely similar to the mutant-hunting organization known as MRD.
In case you need a refresher on your X-Men lore, I got you covered. The MRD (short for Mutant Response Division) was created by #BolivarTrask (Peter Dinklage's character in #DaysOfFuturePast) and a man named Stephen Lang, upon request from the U.N. in order to put mutants in check. Think of the MCU's Sokovia Accords, just less lenient and much more brutal.
Deadpool against the MRD? Now, that's something I would watch. Of course, keep in mind that although the solider in the picture looks almost identical to the MRD soldiers, we don't know for sure whether that's the organization's live-action version. With that said, there's no other organization in the printed page that looks like that, so let's work on the assumption that this is in fact Fox's own MRD.
Could Cable Be Tied To The DMC?
With the studio keeping Deadpool 2 plot details close to the chest, there's little we know about #Deadpool's new drinking buddy, Cable. Other than the fact that he'll be coming back from the future to do, well, something, the guy is a complete mystery. But this picture may have given us a clue about his origin: Could Cable have ties to the MRD?
We don't know whether that set image is from a scene set in the present or if it's from #Cable's dystopian future, but this could be why the grumpy time-traveler journeys to the past. The MRD has been depicted as enslaving the mutant population in the future (mainly in the Wolverine and The X-Men cartoon). Taking that into account, it's not farfetched to assume that they could be the ones making Cable's timeline the dreaded dystopian future it is.
This New Mutant Response Unit Could Also Play Into Upcoming X-Men Installments
The MRD is a big adversary that's caused a ton of trouble for the X-Men, so I'm wondering: Is Deadpool 2 setting it up for future installments in the X franchise? It's a definite possibility, especially since MRD has ties to comic book storylines that Fox is adapting for the big screen. The first one that comes to mind is #XForce.
The mutant team has a long history with the organization. In fact, the MRD was created due to a brutal incident in the U.N., involving X-Force. The movie is expected to feature both Cable and Deadpool, so it's likely that the Merc's sequel is setting up a major plot point for the story.
Overall, if the DMC is really a version of the MRC from the comics and I'm not spouting off complete nonsense, the X-Men cinematic universe has nearly unlimited potential storylines at its disposal. Deadpool 2 hits theaters on June 1, 2018, so we'll learn what's happening with that then. While we wait for the date to arrive, check out the film's short, "No Good Deed":
What do you think about the MRD's possible involvement in Deadpool 2? Does it mean bigger things for the X-Men Universe moving forward? Let me know in the comments!