Twentieth Century Fox's Deadpool sequel, which is currently being called the Untitled Deadpool Sequel, may not be titled Deadpool 2. The studio's X-Men franchise has been running for nearly two decades, since being kicked off with Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000. The franchise received a quasi-reboot in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and has been continuing to expand with more spinoffs from the main series planned. The past two years have seen Deadpool and Logan find massive success with critics and fans - as well as at the box office - with many enjoying the Merc with a Mouth's solo adventure and James Mangold's Wolverine trilogy capper.
Next, Fox has three X-Men films planned for 2018: the horror-inspired New Mutants spinoff, the Deadpool sequel, and the continuation of their main series with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Perhaps the most anticipated of the three is Deadpool 2, since it's the followup to the massively successful Deadpool film. Fox, and the film's star/executive producer Ryan Reynolds, released the first teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 today, but it seems that isn't the actual title of the highly anticipated sequel.
In the press release Fox sent out containing the trailer and official Deadpool 2 synopsis, the studio refers to the film as the Untitled Deadpool Sequel, indicating it won't officially be titled simply Deadpool 2. When Screen Rant asked Fox to clarify the title of the film, the studio responded: "This film is not yet titled so we are temporarily referring to it as Untitled Deadpool Sequel."
Of course, many have been using Deadpool 2 as a placeholder for the upcoming sequel since an official title hadn't been announced. Though the first teaser has already been released - along with a poster and magazine cover that curiously don't feature any title - it seems Fox and those behind the film are still working on the official title. However, it's also possible that Reynolds, director David Leitch, and writers Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, and Drew Goddard do have a title planned for the sequel, but they simply aren't ready to release it yet.
The marketing campaign for Deadpool was especially strong, and no doubt helped bolster the box office for the X-Men spinoff film by piquing the interest of casual moviegoers who may not have known of the Wade Wilson comic book character but laughed at one of the film's many fun trailers and TV spots. So, considering the well executed marketing campaign for Deadpool, it's likely the sequel will have a similarly thought out promotional push - one that no doubt includes the official reveal of the film's title. We'll just have to wait and see what Fox and those behind the Deadpool sequel have cooked up for the movie's title - though it wouldn't be entirely surprising if the project ended up being officially titled Untitled Deadpool Sequel since that certainly falls in line with the Merc with a Mouth's sense of humor.
Source: 20th Century Fox
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