With the success of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, 20th Century Fox is looking to capitalize on their ownership of the X-Men. Ryan Reynolds’ comedic genius turned Deadpool into a smashing success, and now Drew Goddard has been tapped to write and direct X-Force, an X-Men spinoff that will feature both Deadpool and Cable.
Goddard is known for his work on The Martian, as well as for adapting another Marvel superhero, Daredevil, for Netflix. Though not much is known about the new project at the moment, we do know that Reynolds’ Deadpool will be back on the big screen this month alongside Josh Brolin’s Cable for Deadpool 2.
Since we don’t know much about X-Force just yet, we took a look at rumors and exciting confirmed information for Deadpool 2.
The original cast returns
Much of the original cast of Deadpool will be returning for the sequel, including Vanessa, Dopinder the cab driver, Blind Al, Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Weasel. Each character had a role in the original movie that helped advance the plot. Vanessa brought out the softer side of Wade Wilson; Dopinder served to help him get from location to location; Weasel and Al as comedic sidekicks; and Colossus and Negasonic as the heroic yin to his yang.
With the introduction of Cable, it’s hard to know what the role of each of these characters will be. We imagine it will be similar to the first movie, because so much of what made the movie great was Wilson’s interaction with his pals. As for Mr. Pool himself, Reynolds apparently kicked the workouts into extra gear in preparation for the movie. It sounds like our favorite red anti-hero is going to be absolutely ripped.
Domino will join up with Deadpool and Cable
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 7, 2017
Cable appearing in Deadpool 2 was no big shock, considering that the post-credit scene for the original film spoiled it. The addition of Brolin was a bit of a surprise, especially because the actor is already busy portraying Thanos in the MCU. But Reynolds reportedly pushed hard for Brolin, who has been teased in several pictures showing off his look in the movie.
Shortly after, Deadpool 2 has announced that Domino — a frequent love interest for both Deadpool and Cable in the comics — will be joining the entourage as well. Actress Zazie Beetz of the hit television show Atlanta is taking the role, and Reynolds has also shared a sneak peak on his personal Twitter account. Getting Deadpool, Cable, and Domino together seems like a perfect way for Deadpool 2 to lead right into X-Force.
David Leitch takes over for Tim Miller
Tim Miller made his major motion picture directorial debut with Deadpool in 2016, earning his opportunity to come back and tackle the sequel. But early on in the production process, Miller left the project over the dreaded “creative differences.” Plenty of rumors popped up over what that could mean, with some saying that Miller was pushing for a bigger budget and had wanted Kyle Chandler to play Cable instead of Brolin.
But Miller did his best to dispel those rumors. Whatever the reason may be, Miller is now gone. In his place, Fox brought in John Wick co-director David Leitch, who also directed the recent Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron. Fans shouldn’t stress too much over the change of directors, which has become somewhat common with films containing very specific fanbases. The heart and soul of Deadpool is and always will be Reynolds, and most importantly, he is still around.
Will Vanessa become Copycat?
Morena Baccarin’s version of Vanessa, Wade’s girlfriend, is very different in Deadpool than the same character from the comic books. The origin of Vanessa is that she is also a mutant known as Copycat — known for her blue skin and ability to shapeshift. But in the film, she was relegated to simply a love interest. Writer Rhett Reese explained at the time:
“We did toy with [the idea], you know, but again, there was so much for the audience… We’re introducing a new character to the world, and so we didn’t want to muddy the waters with, ‘Wait a second, she’s also a mutant?’ So hopefully, we’ll see what happens if we’re afforded the opportunity to move forward on this world. It’s something that would probably be worth exploring at some point.”
The interesting thing to note is the final two sentences. They are getting to move forward with the Deadpool universe, so is Copycat something that they’re going to explore? We don’t have an answer to that question just yet, but Baccarin has said she would love to see her character evolve in that way.
X-Men cameo appearances?
Deadpool boasted a notoriously small budget. The title character even forgot all of his guns when heading to battle (twice!), simply because the budget for the film didn’t allow for such an expensive scene to be shot. In a specifically memorable moment, Reynolds’ character mentions why the X-Mansion is empty, commenting that the studio couldn’t afford any more X-Men.
And while Deadpool 2 will still run on a relatively modest budget, eschewing the massive fight scenes in favor of the similar style of the first film, there have been rumors of other characters showing up in cameo appearance. Reynolds himself has said the movie will shy away from A-list actors, meaning you probably shouldn’t expect Hugh Jackman to show up at any point. But they have to surprise us with somebody, right?
Will Cable travel through time?
One of the coolest parts of the character Cable is that he can travel through time. While nothing is off limits in comic book movies, with talking raccoons and ancient gods becoming the norm, time travel would be an interesting aspect to try to integrate into the hilarious yet grounded vibe from the first Deadpool.
Cable’s time-traveling abilities explain his futuristic weapons, which means that it’s kind of hard to avoid for Deadpool 2. When asked about whether they would feature time travel in the movie, Reynolds had this to say: “Your answers will all be, they’ll be soon. They’ll be coming soon.”
The teased images of Cable show his cybernetic eye. That leads us to think that time travel will be part of the storyline, one way or another.
Is Jack Kesy playing Black Tom Cassidy?
The cast has added Jack Kesy, known for the television show The Strain and the recent Baywatch movie. The studio has yet to officially announce which character Kesy will be playing, but fans of the comics have a pretty solid guess: Black Tom Cassidy, an Irish mutant and cousin of the X-Men’s Banshee, who first appeared in the comics in 1976 and is a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Again, no official word on what character Kesy will be playing yet. But with all the “good guys” now announced, that leaves Kesy to play a villain of the film. For now, all Fox will say about Kesy’s character is that they’re referring to him as “Black Bob.”
That’s not too far of a jump from Black Tom, so fans can expect to see Deadpool, Cable, and Domino battling against the complicated but wise-cracking blowhard from the comics.
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