Deadpool 2 star T.J. Miller assures fans the sequel won't be like The Hangover 2; it will have different stakes and a somewhat darker tone. Director Tim Miller's Deadpool movie languished in development hell for many years before a leaked bit of test footage helped encourage 20th Century Fox to give the Merc with a Mouth's solo adventure a green light. Though it may have been seen as a risk, going ahead with Deadpool turned out to be a massive success for both Fox and the X-Men universe as a whole. Deadpool became the top-earning X-Men movie at the box office and paved the way for Fox to explore more unique tones in their superhero universe.
For fans, the success of Deadpool meant Fox was quick to put a sequel into development, and Deadpool 2 is currently filming ahead of it's summer 2018 release date. There was a bit of a shakeup in the creative team, with Miller departing and John Wick co-director David Leitch set to helm the sequel, but screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned - and received some help from Drew Goddard. In terms of the film's stars, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), Weasel (Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and Dophinder (Karan Soni) are all set to return, with some new faces joining Deadpool 2.
During an interview about his next upcoming film, The Emoji Movie, Screen Rant talked to Miller about what fans can expect from the Deadpool sequel. The actor said the film is even funnier than the first movie, but there is a tragic event early on - one that helps to differentiate Deadpool 2 from its predecessor:
It’s not going to be like Hangover 2, it’s not going to be the same movie in a different location, for instance. It’s got different stakes, different things happen, some pretty tragic, dark sh-t happens in the first part of the film, in the beginning, and the rest of the film is kind of dealing with that, so that’s interesting. But Weasel remains just absolutely the most selfish individual on the face of the planet.
Perhaps what's most interesting about Miller's comment is the tragic and dark event that occurs early on in Deadpool 2, which will presumably help to set the sequel apart from the first film. Arguably, Deadpool also included a tragic event early on in its story, considering Wade Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer - which prompts him to join the program headed by Ajax (Ed Skrein) that eventually turns him into the Merc with a Mouth that Marvel fans know and love. Still, since Miller doesn't reveal much about what exactly the tragic event in Deadpool 2 is, it's difficult to compare it to the first film.
Otherwise, fans can take heart in Miller's assurances that the sequel is different from the first movie and builds upon the world established in Deadpool. In fact, Deadpool 2 will introduce a number of new characters to Wade Wilson's world, including fan-favorites from the comics, Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) - who are key X-Force characters, another Deadpool-centric film Fox is developing. How these characters are introduced may have something to do with the dark events early on in Deadpool 2, but that remains to be seen until more information is released about the sequel.
Fox is bringing Deadpool 2 to Comic-Con International in San Diego later this week, but since filming on the highly anticipated sequel hasn't been going on too long, there likely won't be any footage. With Deadpool 2 slated to hit theaters next summer, it may be some time before we see a first trailer for the film, but set photos as well as teases from Miller and his co-stars will hopefully help to tide fans over until then.
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