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OK, so you've seen Deadpool 2? Well, about $18.6 million of you watched 20th Century Fox's David Leitch-directed Marvel-based film on Thursday night, breaking a record for Thursday night previews. So you've probably got questions about some of the major developments: How did they sneak the Juggernaut in there? How did they sneak Brad Pitt in there? Why did they decide to kill nearly all of X-Force instantly? What went into the decision to kill Vanessa -- and the decision to bring her back?
And oh yeah -- what inspired that mid-credits scene which climaxed in Deadpool killing none other than Ryan Reynolds himself, to prevent him from starring in 2011's Green Lantern?
Earlier this week at the film's press junket in New York City, CBR went straight to the source -- Deadpool 2 screenwriters and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick -- to get the scoop on all of the above and more, including definitive clarification on the identity of the mutant played by Shioli Kutsuna, insight on Cable's powers and the original plans for Jack Kesy's Black Tom Cassidy.
CBR: Let’s talk about some of the fun surprises in the movie -- I'll start with Juggernaut. Was that always part of the plan? Did you always know you'd be able to use that character?
Rhett Reese: We committed to it pretty early on, because he's never been done justice until now. We always wanted to see a CG Juggernaut, so we finally got that. We also really needed to balance the scales in act three, between Deadpool and friends and little Firefist who has cool powers, but we needed to make it a fair fight. What greater force of nature than Juggernaut?
Ryan Reynolds ended up voicing Juggernaut, if you didn't know that. That was Ryan's voice as the Juggernaut, and he did the facial capture for him. I don't know how they did the physical mo-cap -- I don't think that was Ryan.
But in any case, it came together really fun. It also gave us a chance for him to fight Colossus. Two big behemoths going at it in act three is never a bad thing.
Another major addition to the franchise is Cable -- in this film, we see him using technology, but not necessarily any mutant powers. Is it an open question at this point if he's a mutant or not?
Reese: I think it is a little of an open question. We're going to explore Cable more moving forward, we just didn't want to overload it. We did have versions of the script where he was using telekinesis, and it just became -- suddenly he was Force-hurling stuff, it felt like Star Wars. We just decided to dial it back. Let's keep it about technology. Let's not overwhelm the audience.
Paul Wernick: Though he does have the gun fly...
Reese: But even that feels like it's a technology means, as opposed to maybe he's using his mind to do it.
It's just a fine line to making him complex and interesting and not overloading an audience with crazy backstory, and the techno-organic virus, which we'll get into hopefully in the future, and those kinds of things. We're just kind of riding that line.
Wernick: It could be a little overwhelming, I think, for a mainstream audience, so we wanted to keep it simple and relatable. You've got this time traveler from the future who's trying to save his family, I think was the core of who Cable was in a Deadpool 2 movie. Moving forward in X-Force, my guess is that will be explored further and better, and we'll get more backstory as to who he is and what his powers are.
He’s definitely one of the most complicated characters in comics -- we haven’t even mentioned the Cyclops connection.
Wernick: I challenge someone who hasn't read the comics to read Cable's Wikipedia page and explain it to me.
Reese: It's impossible.
Wanted to clear up some confusion about the character played by Shioli Kutsuna -- given her powers, a lot of fans have connected her to the Surge character in X-Men comics, and presumed that to be her identity.
Reese: That's not right. She's a super-minor character. The character's name is actually Yukio, an assassin -- but who's an adult assassin, so we just aged her down. She's such a minor character, we thought we could pretty much get away with anything.
And Shioli's amazing. I really think we have to do her more justice going forward -- not as though we did her injustice, but she just didn't have a lot of screen time. I'd love to explore the Yukio character more.
Wernick: Fox has a bible of all 400-plus characters that they have rights to. We generally, when we're building out a movie, look at that list, and kind of go through and go, "Oh yeah, yes, yes, no, love that name, oh those powers are cool," and we build that cast that way. Yukio jumped out at us as just a character we would love to see further explored.