‘Deadpool 2’ has all the makings of a superhero classic

If there was one big surprise out of the superhero film genre in 2016, it was the massive success of Deadpool.

Sure, the irreverent mercenary had some things going in his favor. Deadpool already had a substantial comic book fanbase, movie audiences were thirsty for something different, and Ryan Reynolds’ own appreciation for the character made for a faithful adaptation. But the R-rated Deadpoolwas still a significant risk for 20th Century Fox (they dumped it in February for god’s sake),making its unexpected $783 million success a game changer that paved the way for more unusual, R-rated superhero flicks like the highly praisedLogan.

Now Reynolds and Fox are under pressure to hit another home run with Deadpool 2, and this time production isn’t just being watched by Deadpool’s cult fanbase. Millions of new fans aregobbling up every casting rumor and teaser. Here’s what we know so far.

Deadpool 2 trailer

Deadpool’s marketing strategy has always been unorthodox (that’s part of what drove amusedaudiences to theaters for the original). So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the Merc with the Mouth showed up in a post-credit scene that actually ran before screenings of Logan.

We’ll have to wait for a real trailer to learn more about the movie itself, but fans loved seeing Deadpool back on the big screen in this teaser.

Deadpool 2 cast

Reynolds is now almost assynonymous with Deadpool as Hugh Jackman is with the Wolverine. He’lldefinitely be back, joined by a number of popular comics characters.

It was Deadpool himself who first name-dropped Cable in the post-credit scene of the first movie. The two were often paired together in the comics, and while Cable’s mutant powershad several iterations, he’s been known to havetelepathic, telekinetic, and time-traveling abilities.

Fans started speculating about who would play Cable as soon as his name left Deadpool’s lipsin fact Deadpool even added his own picks:Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, or Keira Knightley. Several actors have been floated as being under consideration, but as of March 22, Variety reported that Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) was the front-runner.

Zazie Beats (Atlanta) has been tapped to play Domino, a fellow mercenary with mutant probability-shifting powers that give her good luck. (She’s also a hell of a good shot.)

Behind the scenes, Deadpool director Tim Miller won’t be backfor the sequel. Instead, John Wick director David Leitch is taking the helm, with a script penning by returningwritersRhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Also returning will be Brianna Hildebrand as the delightfully sulky Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, and Karan Soni as taxi driver Dopinder.

Screengrab via KinoCheck International/YouTube

Deadpool 2 plot

Deadpool 2‘s creative team has given us few clues about what story the sequel might tell, aside from what we can glean from the characters that’ll appear. Cable is sure to play a significant part, and we know from the comics that he’s often portrayed as the long-suffering straight man when paired with the raunchy hilarity of Deadpool. The original movie’s post-credits scene specifically mentions Cable’stime-traveling abilities, so it’s possible those will factor into the plot.

We might also see anattempt by 20th Century Fox to tie wildly popular Deadpool into the rest of its X-Men universe. If it does go that route, it should proceed cautiously to avoidfalling into theover-bloated-superhero-sequel trap.

Screengrab via KinoCheck International/YouTube

Deadpool 2poster

An official poster hasn’t been released forDeadpool 2, but fans loved this parody poster that ripped fromSpider-Man: Homecoming. Sadly, a crossover is highly unlikely, given that Fox owns the rights to Deadpool, while Sony/Disney controls Spider-Man.

Photo via @BossLogic/Twitter

Deadpool 2 release date

Deadpool 2 doesn’t have a release date yet, though it’s expected to be out sometime in 2018.

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