Deadpool wasn’t just a success, but also more successful than anyone in Hollywood anticipated. Which can only mean one thing, 20th Century Fox is fast-tracking a sequel. The film is already the highest-grossing R-rated movie, and has earned close to $500 million worldwide
Collider was able to catch up with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and ask them what they would like to do with a sequel. The first film all but confirms that Deadpool’s partner in crime Cable will be showing up in the second film, and the writers talk about how they will tackle that character’s inclusion in the sequel.
“I think there’s a real conceptual difference between taking other characters and big things and bringing them into his reasonably small, gritty world and the opposite, taking Deadpool and placing him among big ensembles who are fighting aliens or in the future where he and Cable are doing something in the future.
“I think if Cable and Deadpool team up, it will likely be in Deadpool’s world. That allows us to control that budgetary thing a little more; I don’t think we’re gonna see [the two] on some far-flung planet 300 years from now because I just feel like that’s gonna be expensive, A, and will also take away from the relatability of Deadpool. I think at this stage in the game it’s about taking other people and dropping them into this reasonably insular, gritty, urban, dark world of Deadpool.”
The film also introduced Negasonic Teenage Warhead in a New Mutants uniform. Fox has been working on a New Mutants project, of which Cable is one of the leaders. That series not only leads into X-Force in the comic, but also introduced the character Deadpool himself.
With these properties closely related, you have to wonder if we would see the merc with a mouth show up in any of those projects. It would be tricky, because odds are they would be PG-13 films, and the Merc with a Mouth swears like a sailor. Fortunately, Reese and Wernick found a workaround if that were to happen.
“You’d have to have him pushing the edge of that PG-13 harder than any character in it, because he does need to feel out of place in a PG-13 movie, if that makes sense. But I could see Deadpool very easily commenting on the fact that, ‘Suddenly I’m trapped in a PG-13, there’s certain things I can’t do around here.’ That could be fun for us. We get to break rules like that. Deadpool knows he’s in a movie, if he knows he’s in an R-rated movie and now he’s in a PG-13-rated movie, he’s probably gonna be frustrated by that. We would play to that, actually.
No release date has been set for Deadpool 2.