Deadpool 2 is set to hit theatres on June 1, 2018, and it’s already tracking to outgross its predecessor. The original grossed over $783 million on the relatively shoestring budget of just $58 million. Compare that to Iron Man, which cost $140 Million, or even 2005’s Fantastic Four, which cost $100 million. Despite that, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have stated that they don’t want a massive $150 million budget for the sequel or they would risk a bloated, over-produced mess with too much jammed into it by the studio.
Every day the sequel gets a little closer, and every day the internet gets flooded with new rumors about it. Before Josh Brolin was cast as Cable, the internet was positive that Brad Pitt had been cast thanks to some pre-production sketches. Before that, it was Pierce Brosnan, thanks to a picture he took with Ryan Reynolds. Hugh Jackman was in that same picture, leading people to talk about Wolverine’s possible cameo appearance before Jackman himself shot it down. As images of Brolin’s Cable roll in, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the rumor mill separating facts from fiction. Here are the eight things we know for sure about Deadpool 2 (and seven rumors we desperately want to be true.)
15. WE KNOW: BLIND AL IS BACK
While Blind Al was originally one of the main characters in Deadpool’s first ongoing comic series by writer Joe Kelly and artist Fabian Nicieza, she started showing up less and less frequently after volume one, so it was a pleasant surprise for Deadpool fans when it was announced that she would be appearing as one of the main cast in the film.
Veteran actress Leslie Uggams portrayed Bind Al in Deadpool and her interactions with Wade ended up being some of the funniest parts of the movie, so fans were understandably excited when she confirmed that she would be reprising her role in Deadpool 2. Uggams is best known for her role as Kizzy in Roots, but made numerous television appearances, including her own series, The Leslie Uggams Show, for which she won an Emmy for “Outstanding Host in a Variety Series.”
14. WE KNOW: IT WILL LEAD INTO X-FORCE AND DEADPOOL 3
Deadpool 2 was officially announced three days before the release of Deadpool, so it’s safe to say that a trilogy was planned for the character from the very beginning. Almost immediately after production began on Deadpool 2, Fox confirmed that Deadpool 3 was already in the works at the studio.
It was rumored that the third film would feature the X-Force team at the time, but writer Rhett Reese later said that X-Force was being planned as a separate film and that Deadpool 2 would work in an expansive way toward X-Force. This allows them to tell the personal, small-scale stories for Deadpool in his own series, as well as the grand epic blockbuster stories that have become the norm in superhero movies with X-Force.
13. WE KNOW: DEADPOOL TEAMS UP WITH CABLE AND DOMINO
Cable was confirmed in the after-credits scene of the first Deadpool, but even if he hadn’t been, long-time Deadpool readers could have easily guessed considering that they once co-headlined a wildly successful comic series together, Cable and Deadpool, and were both members of the X-Men spinoff team X-Force. After much speculation, it was announced that Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, would be playing the time-travelling mutant soldier.
It was later announced that veteran X-Force member, deadly mercenary and former love interest of both Deadpool and Cable, Domino, would also be appearing in the film, and after dozens of potential actresses including Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kerry Washington were reportedly in talks for the part, Ryan Reynolds broke the announcement in March 2017 that Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz would be playing the deadly merc.
12. WE KNOW: DOPINDER THE TAXI DRIVER RETURNS
Another surprisingly popular character from the first Deadpool movie was Dopinder the taxi driver, played by Karan Soni, who ends up becoming Wade Wilson’s personal chauffeur by the end of the movie, carting around Deadpool, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to the big finale battle.
Dopinder was an original creation for the movie as a way to give exposition to the audience, but he also ended up being a hilarious counterpart as a mentee to Deadpool after he kidnapped his cousin Bandhu for stealing his girlfriend (all on Deadpool’s advice). The character’s fate was left up in the air at the end of the first film when he was in a minor car accident with Bandhu still tied up in the trunk of his taxi, presumably leading to his arrest, so hopefully, that plotline will be resolved in the sequel.
11. WE KNOW: CABLE WILL GET TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL
One of the defining characteristics of Deadpool as a character is that he often gets to “break the fourth wall” in many of his series by either speaking directly to the audience, referencing the fact that he’s in a comic book or movie, or making subtle meta jokes about the respective mediums of comic books and film as a whole.
However, it’s less common that other characters get to break the fourth wall around Deadpool, especially more serious ones like Cable. The question of Josh Brolin’s other Marvel character, Thanos, being referenced in the movie has been on people’s minds since his casting, and Brolin himself mentioned in an interview that he may get to make the Thanos joke himself as his character gets to do some subtle fourth-wall breaking of his own.
10. WE KNOW: FIRST DIRECTOR LEFT OVER CREATIVE DIFFERENCES WITH REYNOLDS
Tim Miller made his major directorial debut on Deadpool, so it was a major shock to fans when it was announced that he had exited production on the sequel. The very first source to break the news also said that things ended amicably and Miller was set to direct another film for Fox the next year.
The other tidbit that has persisted from that first announcement was that his exit was due to creative differences with Ryan Reynolds who, aside from being the star, is also a producer on the franchise. According to sources, Miller wanted the sequel to be more stylistic than its predecessor, while Reynolds wanted to focus more on the raunchy comedy that defined the first film. Miller also apparently wanted Kyle Chandler to take the role of Cable while Reynolds was gunning for Josh Brolin.
9. WE KNOW: JOHN WICK’S DAVID LEITCH WILL DIRECT
Miller’s exit as director left a lot of people understandably nervous as the unique style of the first film was part of what made it so appealing, but it’s safe to say that those fears were put to bed when David Leitch signed on to replace Miller as the director.
David Leitch recently became a big name as one of the directors on John Wick, another surprise hit and an absolutely spectacular action movie. Leitch has also proven his chops in the action genre as stunt coordinator for dozens of films including TRON: Legacy, 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 2009’s Ninja Assassin. He was also second unit director on Captain America: Civil War, Jurassic World and The Wolverine among others, so it should be clear that Deadpool 2 is in safe hands.
8. WE KNOW: COLOSSUS AND NEGASONIC ARE BACK
Deadpool works best as a character when he has other characters around him to bounce jokes off of. That dynamic works even better when the other characters have opposing sensibilities. That’s why the ultra serious Negasonic Teenage Warhead worked well with Wade’s wacky Devil-May-Care attitude, and Colossus’s altruistic heroism worked well against Wade’s “I like to turn bad guys into human shish kabobs” attitude.
So it was welcome news when writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that both characters would be returning for the sequel, although they were reluctant to say how big of a role they would play, sticking with “They’ll at least make an appearance.” Although Brianna Hildebrand, the actress who plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead did say that her character would be “a lot cooler” this time around, suggesting a larger role.
7. RUMOR: MORE X-MEN WILL APPEAR
One of the best jokes from the original Deadpool was when Wade goes to recruit Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and he comments on how empty Xavier’s mansion is “almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.” The budget may not be substantially bigger this time around, but there’s been a buzz about more X-Men characters showing up in Deadpool 2 pretty much since it was announced.
It makes sense considering that Fox is trying to build a cinematic universe similar to the empire Marvel Studios has built. So, in order for casual audiences to understand the films are connected, they’re going to have to see a familiar face or two, even if it only ends up being a cameo appearance. One of the more common names thrown around is Psylocke who was played by Olivia Munn in X-Men: Apocalypse especially as she’s a regular member alongside Deadpool in X-Force.
6. RUMOR: BLACK TOM CASSIDY WILL BE THE VILLAIN
Back in late May 2017, it was announced that Jack Kesy had signed on to Deadpool 2 as “a major villain.” Although the identity of the villain has been kept under wraps so far, Deadpool doesn’t have a very extensive rogues gallery of his own, and most news sources are making the educated guess that it will be Black Tom Cassidy.
Sources initially stated that Kesy would be playing a villain called “Black Bob,” but since no character exists under that name in the Marvel universe, the assumption has been that “Bob” is just some kind of misguided misdirect. In the comics, Black Tom has been a nemesis of Deadpool since his second four-issue limited series Sins of the Past, by writer Mark Waid and penciler Ian Churchill, which predates his first ongoing title by three years.
5. RUMOR: HOPE SUMMERS WILL SHOW UP
The name “Hope Summers” started popping up a lot more frequently after a short promo video for Deadpool 2 that aired before Logan in theatres titled, No Good Deed. When Wade witnesses a mugging in progress, he runs off to a phone booth to change into his costume and on the outside there’s a bit of graffiti that reads “Nathan Summers is coming!” which, of course, refers to Cable.
However, on the inside of the booth, the word, “HOPE!” is briefly visible before Wade closes the door. The word can be seen again written on a wall when Wade finally runs out of the booth. In the comics, Cable rescues Hope as a newborn, believing that she would one day save mutant kind, and raises her as a daughter until they can return to the present day. This might be hinting at Cable’s potential motivations in Deadpool 2. Further speculation was raised after the image of Brolin’s Cable was seen with a teddy bear at his hip, suggesting he may be caring for a minor.
4. RUMOR: DEADPOOL WILL GAIN NEW POWERS
It was a point of pride for the cast and crew of Deadpool, as well as the fans that the movie’s titular character is about as comic-accurate portrayal of a character that’s ever been adapted to screen, but that doesn’t mean that quite everything was brought from page to screen.
For example, in Deadpool’s first ongoing series written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Ed McGuinness, Deadpool has some high-tech gadgets at his disposal including a teleporter and a holographic projector that allows him to disguise himself as anyone he wants. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have hinted that we may see Deadpool get some surprising new abilities, and given that Cable also has a teleporting device, he could be the one to hook Wade up with some of his signature gadgets.
3. RUMOR: TASKMASTER COULD SHOW UP
Black Tom Cassidy isn’t the only classic Deadpool villain whose name has been mentioned in regards to Deadpool 2. Ed Skrein (you may know him better as “Francis”) said during promotion of the first film that he wanted Taskmaster for the sequel, and Ryan Reynolds has said that he was in the original script but ended up being too expensive.
It’s safe to say that Fox will have enough confidence after the success of the original to give the writers what they want this time around. Taskmaster has photographic reflexes, which allows him to adapt to any fighting style mid-battle and counter it, meaning Deadpool and Cable would have to figure out something more clever than using the traditional fisticuffs, guns and blades to defeat him.
2. RUMOR: VANESSA WILL BECOME COPYCAT
Speaking of things that weren’t quite comic book-accurate, a keen eye may have noticed that Wade’s girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle, was missing something of her signature look in the movie. Namely that her skin wasn’t blue. In the comics, Vanessa is a mutant with shape-shifting abilities. Actress Morena Baccarin, who plays Vanessa, is very aware that fans want to see Copycat, and she teased an “evolution” of her character in the sequel, saying that she’s excited to see how her character becomes that.
Though she displayed no mutant abilities in the first film, she did end up in the same vacuum tube that unlocked Wade’s latent mutant abilities, so there’s a chance we’ve already seen the origin of Copycat. Although details are being kept under wraps, it’s unlikely that a name like Vanessa Carlysle would be used for the movie without the intention of revealing her mutant powers at some point.
1. RUMOR: MORE X-FORCE CAST MEMBERS COULD SHOW UP
It’s already been established that Deadpool 2 will lead into Fox’s planned X-Force movie, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re doing a fair amount of set-up for it now. Deadpool, Cable and Domino are all regular members on team X-Force, but rumor has it that we’ll be seeing a few other members of the team in Deadpool 2 as well.
The rumor that we’ll see more X-Men characters also gives weight to this, and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke has been mentioned since her character is also on X-Force, but the bigger news is that they could be casting brand new characters for the team to make an appearance in Deadpool 2. Inside sources have claimed that Sunspot, Feral and Shatterstar could all make an appearance in a post-credits scene, and while writer Rhett Reese has denied that specific lineup, he didn’t shut down the X-Force rumor altogether.
What are you most looking forward to seeing in Deadpool 2? Let us know in the comments!
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