Ryan Reynolds is the busiest man in Hollywood. When he's not churning out a ton of movies or partying with Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth is heavily involved in the promotion of his pet project, the Deadpool franchise.
As fanfare for the first Deadpool movie has begun to die down, attention has inevitably turned to the upcoming sequel, with fans beginning to speculate about potential storylines and how Wade's ally Cable will finally appear.
New information about the highly anticipated superhero flick may have come to light through some unusual means this week, as Reynolds just shared a fanmade poster for Deadpool 2 that makes a few bold claims about the film's release date and even some potential cameos.
On the poster itself, fan artist Mutant101 shows the mercenary defacing a men's bathroom sign, claiming that a release date of 2018 is on the cards for the succinctly titled Deadpool: Number Two.
Fox haven't officially confirmed that the anti-hero's sequel will hit cinemas in 2018, but producer Simon Kinberg recently revealed that filming for Deadpool 2 will begin early next year, so the timeframe is certainly plausible.
What's most striking about the poster though is how Deadpool has drawn Wolverine's hair and claws on one of the figures, while giving Charles Xavier's wheelchair to the other. Mutant 101 obviously posted his work for laughs at first, but now that Reynolds himself has shared the image on Facebook and Instagram, it suggests that there's more to the poster than meets the eye.
This isn't the first time that Reynolds has shared fan art that he likes, but the fact that he's endorsed a poster that's so X-Men centric suggests that both Logan and Professor X could possibly appear in Deadpool's second solo venture in some form. After all, Patrick Stewart has already confirmed that he will reprise the role in Wolverine 3 and Fox are keen to develop their ever expanding X-Universe.
One potential obstacle to this plan is that Hugh Jackman has publicly declared that he will hang up the claws once filming for Wolverine 3 has wrapped. However, Ol' Canuckle Head still wound up appearing unofficially in the first Deadpool film, so there's a chance that this could easily happen again somehow.
While this all remains speculation for the moment, both the release date and potential title suggested in Mutant101's artwork seem extremely plausible and Reynold's seal of approval could lend credence to theories that the after-credits scene in X-Men: Apocalypse links with Deadpool 2 just as much as Wolverine 3.
While we wait for confirmation of this potentially awesome news, read up on everything else we know about Deadpool 2 so far, catch up with the latest news on Channing Tatum's Gambit film and vote for Deadpool in our poll listing the best superhero movies of 2016.
Oh, and check out this awesome HISHE video which reveals how the first Deadpool should have ended. You won't be disappointed.