Wade Wilson/Deadpool has developed quite a following since making his debut back in 1991’s The New Mutants #98. The Merc with a Mouth – who’s known for his virtually nonstop babbling, accelerated healing, and lethal talents – made his cinematic debut in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine (played by Ryan Reynolds), but the movie left fans extremely disappointed. Reynolds was solid as Wade Wilson, but the character underwent significant changes to become a completely different version of Deadpool – one which many comic book fans loathed. 20th Century Fox has recognized its big mistake, and is now releasing a Deadpool spinoff which, so far, appears to stay very true to the source material.
The first Deadpool trailer received an overwhelming amount of praise when it made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, and later received an equal amount of love when it aired on Conan. The trailer made it crystal clear the film is taking advantage of its R rating as it revealed plenty of crude jokes and violent action. Many fans are thoroughly excited after watching the trailer(s), and now Simon Kinberg – one of the X-Men movie franchise’s writers and producers – has shared some very positive comments about the film.
While talking to Collider, X-Men: Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg revealed that he’s seen a rough cut of Deadpool, and he’s thoroughly impressed. Not only did he call the movie “fantastic” and strongly implied that fans of the trailer will be pleased, but he also thinks it has other comic book movies beat when it comes to the dark and comedic tone:
“I have seen a rough cut of Deadpool and it’s fantastic. It’s a really good movie. It delivers on the promise of the trailer… We really committed and leaned into it being R-rated. It’s just darker and edgier and weirder in the best way – like Deadpool should be – than any other movie in the genre.”
Some people may be skeptical of Kinberg’s praise since he also called Fantastic Four a “good movie” and stated he’s “proud of it” before it opened, but it’s important to note just how different the situation is between these two comic book movies. Deadpool has been a passion project for Ryan Reynolds and several others – it’s something he’s pushed to make for years – and its comedic marketing has won fans over. Meanwhile, Fantastic Four’s production was full of reports about controversy and drama, it took a surprising amount of time to release the first trailer, and the marketing didn’t generate a big reaction.
As for whether or not there will be a sequel, Kinberg explained that Deadpool 2 has been discussed, and, as of right now, it has a fair chance of happening. After all, the studio claims it’s moving forward with a Fantastic Four sequel, despite that film bombing at the box office and receiving poor reviews. If Fox is standing by a franchise that received an overwhelmingly negative response, it seems safe to assume they’ll stick with a franchise that is currently being embraced by a noticeable amount of fans:
“We certainly are talking about the sequel – we were talking about the sequel while we were making the movie just because when you make a film like this that’s from a serialized source material, you hope that it’s the first of many. But yeah [Fox is] feeling good about it, we’re all feeling really proud of it, so hopefully before it comes out we will be well into the process of figuring out a sequel.”
Cable has played a noteworthy role in Deadpool’s life and the two have an entertaining dynamic; however, the character has yet to appear on the big screen. Given the connection between the two, could he be a key character in Deadpool’s potential sequel? Kinberg said they’ve had talks about the character and he does want to somehow incorporate Cable in the universe – it’s just too soon to say for certain if Cable would be in Deadpool 2:
“It’s certainly come up because he’s such a big character in the world. And it’s a character that I’ve always wanted to do in one form or another, we talked about Cable actually in Days of Future Past at one point. But yeah we’re in such the early stages of sequel talk it would be genuinely premature for me to say whether or not he was gonna be in it.”
Given Cable’s source material, him making an appearance in Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse – whether it’s a quick cameo or just an easter egg – would make sense and be a fitting way to tease fans. There’s no official word yet on whether or not Cable will appear in Apocalypse, but he was set to appear in Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force – a movie which now has an uncertain future.
Kinberg’s positive remarks about Deadpool should come as no surprise to fans; to many, the trailer offered a taste of exactly what is needed in a Deadpool film – lots of violence, lots of gags, and hints of dark and emotional character insight. The fact the costume design stayed so true to the source material and there’s several cameos – like Colossus – further boosts the hype behind Deadpool’s first solo movie. As for Cable, it would be odd for him not to exist in an X-Men universe that includes the likes of Apocalypse, Deadpool, time travel (kind of), and possibly even X-Force…
Deadpool opens on February 12th, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016; Gambit on October 7th, 2016; Wolverine on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.