Deadpool was such a huge commercial success around the world that it’s almost impossible for the sequel to fail. Deadpool 2 is well into pre-production as it eyes a January 2018 release date with some fresh changes on the horizon for the foul-mouthed, wise-cracking vigilante. The biggest difference, so far, between Deadpool and the sequel are the new characters Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) deals with in his second adventure.
The real eye-catcher among the newcomers for Deadpool 2 is X-Men favorite Cable, a role that has yet to be cast. Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) just joined the cast as Domino, once an ally of Cable in the comics. However, the sequel is not done adding new faces to the cast of characters on both sides. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick obviously play major roles in the addition of new characters, and they talked about what to expect in Deadpool 2 in a new interview.
Speaking to LRM to promote their upcoming sci-fi film Life, Reese and Wernick were asked about the challenges in making Deadpool 2 and sequels in general. The writing team, which also includes The Martian‘s Drew Goddard, is determined to make Deadpool 2 a sequel that either matches or surpasses the original. In the interest of keeping things fresh for Deadpool 2, Reese hinted at the introduction of “obscure” characters from the comics that will get dedicated fans excited for the sequel.
“Yeah, Cable and Domino grabbed the headlines on Deadpool. But there are definitely some more obscure characters that people know or that real diehards know that will be in there just by virtue of we need a new villain, and we need some new good guys to complement [Deadpool], but it is growing. Of course, it will be all about the lunacy that is Deadpool himself.”
The presence of the lesser-known Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) in Deadpool certainly satisfied die-hard fans of recent X-Men comics. Hildebrand is expected to reprise her role in Deadpool 2, and Reese and Wernick are promising more in terms of obscure names from the X-Men universe. The writers have plenty of source material to draw from in terms of Cable’s history with X-Force and the group’s many current and former members.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether Reese and Wernick can recreate the magic of the first Deadpool and avoid the pitfalls of sequels that didn’t live up to the originals. One issue that could arise is the presence of too many characters, which could threaten to over-stuff the film and bog it down. It’s important for Deadpool 2 not to overdo the new faces and focus on retaining the sharp sense of humor and confident pacing that made Deadpool so memorable. The talent involved, and Goddard’s influence, gives the sequel a good chance of doing that.