It was just two months ago that Ryan Reynolds’ collaboration with 20th Century Fox, “Deadpool,” hit theaters, captivating comic book fans everywhere and changing the superhero genre forever. Now, with the blockbuster still fresh in fans' minds, the inevitable sequel is officially confirmed.
Per the announcement at CinemaCon on Thursday, the same creative team will be back helming “Deadpool 2,” including director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wenick. Additionally, the 39-year-old Reynolds will reprise his role as Wade Wilson, also known as the merc with a mouth. While it’s exciting to hear that the “X-Men” universe’s newest and biggest star will return for another standalone movie, it’s certainly not surprising.
Fans took a sequel as a foregone conclusion after the movie made more than $3.5 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo, and was heralded by critics as one of the best and funniest films in the ever-growing superhero genre. That’s not to mention the fact that the character teased his return in the end-credits homage to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Those who watched the post-film tag know that the big takeaway was the announcement that Deadpool would team up with the Marvel character Cable, as he often does in the comics. The heroes act as foils for each other -- Cable is a very serious person vs. Deadpool's lighter temperament.
“There’s a lot of fun in that he’s very serious and he does take on more serious, weighty issues than Deadpool is used to taking on, so I think there’s a juxtaposition there that can be fun,” Reese told HitFix.
Elsewhere in the interview, Wernick revealed that they don’t have plans to boost the budget of the movie, nor its stakes. After all, Deadpool is a character who’s out to save himself, not the world. Sadly, only time will tell what the minds behind “Deadpool 2” have in store for Wade Wilson. For now, fans can just take comfort in knowing they haven’t heard the last of everyone’s favorite chimichanga enthusiast.