Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz says the new film will be darker and more dramatic than the first one—but it will still have plenty of laughs. While the summer blockbuster season is always jam-packed with tentpoles, May alone will see the release of three major movies. Right in the middle of Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the sequel to Deadpool, doing its best to stand against a whole heap of cultural juggernauts. Luckily, as the Deadpool 2 trailer proved, the film has its own unique flavor and a sizable fanbase.
Deadpool‘s comedy and tone was an interesting spin on the superhero formula that did a great job translating the comic character to the big screen. Thanks to that, it won the Merc with a Mouth a legion of new fans. And while there will be plenty of comedy in Solo and Avengers 3, Deadpool 2 will have them beat and easily win over anyone looking for a laugh this May. But despite all the humor, the movie will still have plenty of heavy undercurrents.
ComicBook spoke with Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz, who discussed how she’s been enjoying exploring the character of Domino. Like Cable, the mutant is hardly as maniacal or humorous as Deadpool, but Beetz thinks there’s plenty of value in that.
“I loved exploring the dramatic parts of it. For Domino specifically, I loved thinking about her past and pulling that into even the comedy of [what] we’re doing it in the film, since it is based in that.”
Like Beetz’s Domino will explore some more dramatic themes, it looks like the new film will be a bit darker than the last. Granted, that movie revolved around the torture and disfigurement of Wade Wilson and his separation from the love of his life, so it certainly wasn’t all fun and games. But with Domino, Cable, and new mutants like Shatterstar joining the fight, it seems some new themes will be tackled.
“In Deadpool 2 I think we go heavier than the first one did. Like Atlanta, the themes are darker. I liked playing this woman who could meet Deadpool face-to-face and toe-to-toe. In terms of our wit and our banter, we match. It really was nice to play that.”
It makes sense for Deadpool 2 to go a bit darker, as the movie will slowly build towards X-Force. We know Deadpool and Cable will return for X-Force, which will explore the mutant black ops team from the comics. Naturally, it will involve a much more mature and violent storyline. Still, Wade’s involvement will ensure there’s plenty of levity along the way. And though that film doesn’t yet have a release date, Deadpool 2 should offer us a taste.
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