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Deadpool 2 Writers Talk X-Men, Cable & More

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Wed, 01/11/2017 - 18:41

With Deadpool netting over $783 million at the box office, not only is a sequel on its way, but Deadpool 3 is also in the works said to be introducing X-Force

Deadline caught up with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and got an update about Deadpool 2.

Yeah, it’ll be a solo movie. It’ll be populated with a lot of characters, but it is still Deadpool’s movie, this next one. We’re pushing forward very hard. I think by every account we will shoot it this year, and we’re on our multiple draft now. It’s taken different twists and turns, but it’s really coalescing, and we’re very, very excited. We’re a little nervous, because now we feel like we have to live up to the first movie, but at the same time, we have to have faith, and we have an extreme passion still, and as long as we have passion still, and it’s not a mercenary, venal play, which we don’t think this is, I think we’ll be in good shape.

The post-credit scene for Deadpool referenced the time-travelling mutant from the future, Cable; regarding if they expected a sequel:  

We were like the athlete who guarantees victory before the game. [Laughs] It’s a world that’s so rich and we always thought Cable should be in the sequel. There was always debate whether to put him in the original, and it felt like we needed to set up Deadpool and create his world first, and then bring those characters into his world in the next one.

With Deadpool being such a success, it appears as if Deadpool might become the flagship X-Men character. Ryan Reynolds has recently suggested a Deadpool and Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman, so how about having Deadpool appear in other X-Men movies?

It hasn’t been planned yet, but I don’t think it would be too hard to drop Deadpool into another movie. We’re used to watching straight man protagonists who are surrounded by comic relief sidekicks; what we weren’t sure would work was if you could take a movie and make the lunatic, crazy person the protagonist, and surround him with more sane, normal people. That was our goal when we introduced the X-Men into Deadpool’s world, so we put Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in there, and they’re clearly much more serious characters; in particular, Colossus, who’s a bit of a square. He’s very un-ironic; to take him and drop him as a foil opposite Deadpool, who’s the crazy unreliable narrator at the center of your story, it really was an experiment, and we think it worked. There was enough sanity surrounding Deadpool’s insanity that it balanced pretty nicely. I think you could probably take Deadpool the way they did with Spider-Man in Civil War and drop him into a serious movie and it might work, but only time will tell.

Deadpool 2 has a March 2, 2018 release directed by John Wick's David Leitch.

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