Ok, so we all loved Deadpool. Seriously, who didn’t?
And now we’re all starting to get exited for the sequel and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been spilling all the juicy details on the sequel, including the return of two characters we loved in the movie, the appearance of a character many of us have been waiting a long time to see plus a whole new corner of the X-Men universe that it may open.
So, on with the show…
Firstly, Reese and Wernick confirmed the return of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and X-Men favourite, Colossus.
“Yeah,” says Reese, “They’ll be in the sequel.”
“Yeah, they’ll make at least an appearance,” confirms Wernick, “We still don’t know how big of a role the two characters will play in the sequel, but I hope they get a decent amount of screen time while not taking away from Domino and Cable. The chemistry between Deadpool, Negasonic, and Colossus was part of the reason the movie was so great.”
On top of returning characters, the one big new face will be Cable, son of Cyclops, Scott Summers, and head of X-Force, an elite team of mutants.
Cable has been a fan favourite for a long time and one they’re wanted to see realise properly ever since the first X-Men movie and, as such, will need to be treated with care: “It’s intimidating because we have to find his voice, and we don’t have an actor yet so we don’t know who we’re writing for,” says Wernick about the character.
“Most screenwriting happens without cast in place, but sequels it’s a little bit different and it’s likely that part will get cast, and we’ll get to continue writing it and honing it for that actor, which I think is a good thing. There’s been so many diverse people that have been brought up as possibilities for Cable, and who have not been brought up but we’re considering. And that, much like with Ryan [Reynolds], that decision will greatly impact his cadences, his rhythms. And we’ll certainly make him like he is in the comics, and we’ll certainly be faithful, but I do think that voice will inform us quite a bit.
But with Cable, a big part of the character, as with any good hero/anti-hero/villain is the vast backstory, on which the writers seem intent on ignoring that… for now: “With Cable, he’s got such a convoluted past, and such a convoluted origin story that I think we’re going to try to leave that, not mysterious, but there are a lot of twists and turns, cloning and all this stuff where you go, “Oh my God. How do we get that across in a two hour movie?” I think we’re going to distill him down to his essence. It will be authentic and faithful, but it’s not going to include the 18,000 details if you were going to read a Wikipedia page about Cable you’d roll your eyes.”
And we think that’s a good idea because, while it’ll be cool to see his story on screen, sometimes it’s nice to keep the mystery too.
Finally, once Cable is on there, we will surely have to see the ground work being done for X-Force?
Reese says: “There is a responsibility we have to the X-Force universe, and I do think we will not disappoint the fans going into Deadpool 2 and then setting up X-Force and beyond.”
Adding to it, Wernick says: “We never want to let the tail wag the dog. We want to tell the best Deadpool story we can. But I do think we have a responsibility to think about a larger universe in the way that Marvel does and start to put pieces in place. Some of these movies feel overstuffed and almost choking with the need to set up eighteen different things that pay off down the road, and we want to avoid that responsibility to the extent that it hurts us. We want to hint at things, we want to plan some characters, and we want to make some nods, but we’re very, very cognizant about making sure that Deadpool is above all a Deadpool movie.”
However, refreshingly in a world where movies like these sometimes seem to exist primarily to launch spinoffs, Reese adds: “Its purpose is not to set up X-Force. It will likely set up X-Force, but the drive of the movie won’t be our eyes on Movie 3.”
Are you excited to see the team reunite and add Cable and X-Force? Or is that a silly question? Let us know…
Deadpool 2 opens in theaters on January 12th, 2018.