Deadpool 2 is almost in theaters, but fans don’t have to wait to find out more about the highly anticipated film. With casting in full swing, details about the movie are gradually starting to surface. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Deadpool sequel (including the final trailer on page 12).
1. The returning cast
Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as the titular foul-mouthed hero in the upcoming sequel. But he won’t be the only returning cast member.
Morena Baccarin, who played Wade Wilson’s love interest, Vanessa, will also make an appearance in the Deadpool sequel, as she recently confirmed to Decider. It remains unclear exactly how big her role will be or whether the movie will introduce her character’s superhero identity, Copycat.
T.J. Miller will also return to his role as Wade’s friend, Weasel.
Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hilderbrand) will again appear in the sequel, as will Dopinder the cab driver (Karan Soni).
Next: Who will Deadpool be up against?
2. Cable will be the new villain
As the post-credits scene of Deadpool made clear, Cable (aka Nathan Summers) will take over as the new foe to Reynolds’s Merc with a Mouth in the forthcoming sequel. As the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, Cable was sent to the future and trained to become a superpowered, gun-toting soldier, with the purpose of returning to present day and preventing the apocalyptic future from ever happening.
He and Deadpool first met in New Mutants #98 when the latter was hired to kill him. As you can probably guess, the job doesn’t go as planned and the two end up in a feud. But though the two are opponents for a while, their relationship isn’t all bad. They later strike up an unlikely partnership in a team-up series that lasted for 50 issues.
The screenwriters of Deadpool 2 recently explained how they plan to streamline Cable’s backstory, per Collider:
So 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.
After months of rumors about who will take on the role, Josh Brolin was officially cast as Cable. The first image of Josh Brolin as Cable can be seen above (alongside his comic book counterpart).
Though Brolin’s Cable will be the primary antagonist in the film, it looks like he won’t be the only bad guy. Per a Deadline report, The Strain star Jack Kesy has been cast in the hotly anticipated sequel in a major villain role. Though details of which Marvel villain Kesy will play haven’t been revealed, early signs suggest that it will be malevolent mutant Black Tom Cassidy.
For those who don’t know, Black Tom is a Dublin-born mutant who can manipulate, bond with, and project energy through plant life. In the comics, he is also capable of issuing concussive blasts with a wooden object, usually a shillelagh.
Next: Another new foe (or friend)
3. Domino will play a key role
According to Collider, the movie’s producers worked hard on casting the key female role of Domino. As comic book fans know, Domino is a mercenary and a mutant with probability-altering powers, as well as exceptional marksmanship and hand-to-hand skills. The character holds close ties to Cable, so it’s easy to see why she’s included in the sequel.
After an extensive casting search, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz nabbed the part of Domino. Reynolds himself confirmed the casting by tweeting a picture of dominos spelling out Beetz’s name. He also revealed the first look at Beetz in the role on Twitter.
Next: A change in direction
4. It will have a new director
Deadpool 2 will bring back most of its original creative team, except for one key player: Tim Miller. The director, who developed and helmed the first film, initially signed on to once again serve as a director for the follow-up. However, he departed the project after reportedly having creative differences with Reynolds.
Meanwhile, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned to pen the sequel’s screenplay.
Then, David Leitch signed on to direct Deadpool 2. Leitch, known for helming the cult favorite Keanu Reeves starrer, John Wick, reportedly beat out a slew of other directorial candidates (like Drew Goddard and Magnus Martens) for the job.
Next: The film will do what it does best.
5. It will poke fun at itself and other superhero sequels
One of the things that both audiences and critics enjoyed most about Deadpool is that it didn’t take itself too seriously. It looks like that tradition will continue in Deadpool 2. According to producer Simon Kinberg, the movie will poke fun at superhero sequels, just like itself. “I think Deadpool 2 will comment on anything that’s happening in movies today especially in superhero movies,” he told SlashFilm. “The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”
And don’t expect Deadpool 2 to go all high-budget just because the first one was so successful. “We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie. That’s not Deadpool,” Wernick told Collider. “Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool.”
A short Deadpool 2 scene screened in theaters prior to Logan. The scene starts off with Reynolds as Wade Wilson — wearing a hooded sweatshirt to cover his scarred face and listening to “Call Me Angel” (from Deadpool). He spots a mugging taking place and runs to a nearby telephone booth to change into his Deadpool outfit — only he can’t quite manage the quick change.
As he struggles, a gunshot is heard and a man is left dead. With no one left to save, Wade starts ranting to himself — in typical foul-mouthed Merc with a Mouth fashion — and even picks through the dead man’s grocery bags. Stan Lee also makes a cameo during the scene, complimenting Deadpool on his suit. The teaser ends with text on screen previewing the sequel: “Deadpool…coming…not soon enough.”
Next: An X-panding universe?
6. It may help set up X-Force
According to ComicBook.com, Fox is planning on using the ending of Deadpool 2 to set up its rumored X-Force flick. According to their sources, the studio will use the sequel’s post-credits scene to introduce the X-Force characters, Sunspot and Feral into the universe, while Shatterstar will fight alongside Deadpool during the film. The three new characters would then reportedly go on to star alongside Deadpool, Cable, and Domino in X-Force.
Co-writer Reese has since taken to Twitter to refute this rumor. But even if the aforementioned three figures aren’t being cast for the coming sequel, it’s likely the Deadpool franchise will eventually introduce more X-Force characters, especially since Reynolds is reported to be co-writing the X-Force movie.
Next: This locale will show up again.
7. There will be a return visit to the X-Mansion
Reynolds recently took to Twitter to tease one of the iconic locations that Deadpool will visit in the upcoming sequel. The photo shows Deadpool lying on the lawn of the X-Mansion, with the caption, “Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big f**king surprise. No one’s home.”
As fans will remember, Deadpool visited the mansion in the first film, while recruiting Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus.
Next: The release date has changed.
8. The release date
The film started filming in early 2017. Per Deadline, Deadpool 2 finished filming on June 1, 2017. Marvel had the sequel scheduled to premiere on June 1, 2018, but in January 2018, it was reported that the release had been moved up to May 18.
Next: Our first in-depth look.
9. A signature Deadpool-style trailer
In Feb. 2018, we were finally gifted with a full-length trailer. And it’s jam-packed with hilarious goodness.
Get ready for action, new characters, and some great effects. We don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that it’s classic meta-Deadpool, complete with a trailer within a trailer featuring homemade dolls and a cardboard city created by the Merc himself.
Next: Off to a bad start
10. Poor test screenings
In March 2018, early test screenings were held — and the reaction was overall negative. Immediately after, reshoots were ordered. However, this could be a coincidence, as reshoots are usually par for the course with this kind of film.
For now, we’ll have to wait until May to know if the sequel will live up to its predecessor.
Next: A bold new trailer
11. Yet another trailer reveals even more
On March 22, the internet was dealt another blow in the form of a full-length, juicy trailer. And here’s what we learned.
Cable knocks the Merc with the Mouth around, and it’s all in pursuit of a preteen boy (played by newcomer Julian Dennison). So our eponymous hero teams up with his aptly named X-Force to protect the kid.
Accompanying Deadpool is, of course, returning pals Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), along with new recruit Domino (Zazie Beetz), and other superheroes, played by Terry Crews, Shioli Kutsuna, and more. It’s action-packed, extremely meta, and wildly inappropriate — who would expect anything less?
Next: The battle is about to begin.
The final trailer
We got one last look at the film with an extensive trailer on April 19, 2018. In it, Deadpool cracks jokes about the DCEU, Goonies, and much more. But what’s most important are the new characters.
The trailer confirms what we already suspected: Terry Crews is playing Bedlam, who has some truly unique abilities involving energy fields and brain chemistry. And Shatterstar, who can teleport using his swords, is portrayed by Lewis Tan — who you may know from the Netflix Marvel Universe, where he played Zhou Cheng in Iron Fist.
Additional reporting by Becca Bleznak.
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