Deadpool 2: Production wraps, Golden Girls Easter egg, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts:

  • Deadpool 2 release date: June 1, 2018
  • Director: David Leitch
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz
  • Writers: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese

Update: October 18, 2017 - Keep an eye out for those Easter eggs...

You know that as soon as a movie makes it into the cinema, it's almost guaranteed that 0.02 seconds later a Reddit post will appear highlighting every Easter egg, homage, and cheeky nod to other movies or superheroes. Well, Ryan Reynolds has jumped the gun somewhat by revealing that there's an Easter egg in almost every scene in Deadpool 2.

That's, er, a lot of Easter eggs. To get us all started, if you scroll through the other images on his Instagram post you'll see that his two swords are engraved with a couple of names: Bea and Arthur. Deadpool's love for the character of the same name from the Golden Girls sitcom is legendarily never-ending. In one scene from the first movie he's even wearing a top with her face on it. Sounds like he can't do without taking her into battle with him - and no, I didn't intend to conjure up images of Deadpool astride a white horse with Bea Arthur alongside him. Honest. 

Update: October 18, 2017 - Deadpool 2 wraps production

That's it: Deadpool 2 has finally wrapped production. Mr Reynolds took to Instagram a couple of days ago to announce that the movie has officially ceased filming, as well as letting us all know that he's not ready to say goodbye and is about to invade Josh Brolin's living room to continue shooting. In his underwear. Because he's classy like that. 

Jokes aside, it's majorly exciting that Deadpool 2 has wrapped as it signals to all us fourth-wall-breaking, borderline-inappropriate joke fans that the merc with a mouth is getting ever closer to appearing on the big screen. Although this is big news, thanks to the tight lips of the cast and crew we don't have a clear idea of Deadpool 2's plot - so when it does appear in cinemas, you can bet there's probably a couple of surprises up its sleeve. 

Update: August 9, 2017 - director promises Cable's backstory will be "reverent and special"

If anyone was worried about how Cable's long and lengthy back story will be, errr, untangled for Deadpool 2, director David Leitch is making sure that all the right parts will be kept. In an exclusive interview with GamesRadar+, Leitch admitted that Cable isn't easy, but Deadpool 2 will have everything that makes that character special. “The character of Cable is complex,” he said. “I think in the Deadpool franchise, the writers are really good at distilling the good stuff and applying that to the material in this universe. We’re doing the same stuff to Cable. His back story is complicated but we’re finding one that’s reverent and special also for our film. So I think it’s going to be great.”  

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Deadpool 2 is ready to break the fourth wall. Again

Need your fix of a certain red clad merc with a mouth? Ryan Reynold's Deadpool  will be back next year for even more fourth wall breaking hilarity and offensive action. After months without a Cable and a Domino we've finally seen Josh Brolin and Zazie Beets in costume, there's casting news aplenty and there's even a release date to get excited about. Put down that coffee, yes, fine, drain the dregs, here's everything we know about Deadpool 2 so far. 

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Deadpool 2 release date has been confirmed for 2018 

We always assumed that the movie would be a shoe in for next year but it's now been officially confirmed that Deadpool 2 has a 2018 release date. 20th Century Fox finally revealed that Deadpool 2 will release on June 1, 2018.

Also confirmed for next year are Josh Boone's X-Men movie New Mutants and Bryan Singer's Dark Phoenix so there's going to be a hell of a lot of X-rated superhero movies if all goes according to plan. Just think of it all as a wonderful Deadpool 2 flavoured sandwich. Shooting for Deadpool 2 is well underway so fingers crossed for no change of release date. 

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Deadpool 2 trailer reveals quite a lot of Wade 

Oh look! All new moving pictures of Deadpool. Released on Ryan Reynolds' YouTube channel, No Good Deed is our very first Deadpool 2 teaser aaaand of course we get a nice clear view of the Merc with a Mouth's rear pressed up against the glass of a phonebox. It's not insignificant time-wise either. None of that three second teaser nonsense. You've got a full three minutes forty seconds of unadulterated Deadpool and even a joyous cameo. Oh and what's with the Firefly poster, guys? Enjoy it above.  

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Deadpool 2 Cable is Josh Brolin and he's built up some serious mutant muscle

After endless months of speculation, Josh Brolin has finally been revealed as Deadpool's mutant pal Cable. From Pierce Brosnan to Brad Pitt, every male actor of a certain age has been through the Cable rumour mill. Even Russell Crowe was teasing fan art at one stage. Now we can finally relax with the knowledge that Cable and, y'know, Thanos are being played by the same person. Obviously Deadpool himself has something to say about that.  

Is anyone actually questioning Josh Brolin's casting as Deadpool's mutant pal Cable? Surely any naysayers will check out the new images of Brolin, complete with cybernetic eye and metal neck, and promptly shut up, or at least not say it to his face and those arms. As ever, the first look at Deadpool 2's Cable came from Ryan Reynolds' social media and there's not one but two images to enjoy of our 'premium Cable provider'...

At least, unlike the Domino reveal, Reynolds didn't feel the need to spell out Brolin's name in actual Cables. The actor might have found his social media match in Brolin who has already started sharing behind the scenes pics on Instagram of his prep for Cable. 

And just look at those guns coming along... 

If the guns weren't enough Brolin has been in the make up chair and, for his sake, I hope it's comfortable. Whether this is a base layer for the mutant or another mould remains to be seen but Brolin is, in his own words, "morphing into something machine" and it's ridiculously exciting.  

Deadpool 2's post-credits scene is going to tease the X-Force movie

Well, this is interesting. If is to be believed, not one but three major Marvel comic characters will be appearing in Deadpool 2's post-credits scene to tease the X-Force movie. Feral, Shatterstar and Sunspot are rumoured to star. If you aren't au fait with X-Force, think a whole bundle of mutant anti-heroes that are a bit like the cool X-Men. Cable's been in and out, as have Deadpool and Domino. 

The X-Force movie is currently in production and will apparently star Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable. In an interview with Deadline, X-Men producer and writer Simon Kinberg confirmed their presence. "We are working hard on New Mutants, Gambit with Channing Tatum, Deadpool 2 and the new X Force movie where Deadpool is alongside Cable and other main characters," he said. "X Force... is a combination of Deadpool, and Cable –they’re like the Black ops of the X-Men. They’re much darker and have an R-rated decibel. There are other X-Men characters coming into X-Force at different times in the comic, but it’s separate from X-Men."  If you haven't lost all meaning of the letter X, that means a lot more Deadpool will be on our screens next year.

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Deadpool 2's Domino is Zazie Beetz

Zazie Beetz' Domino has been revealed lounging in front of exactly the same fireplace as the original Deadpool teaser, on top of a Deadpool-skin rug. Fur is so out these days.  

Making movie PR teams further quake in their boots at their inevitable demise thanks to social media, Beetz has also taken to Instagram to show off another look at Domino, giving us a clearer look at Deadpool's lucky pal. 

25 year old Beetz has previously starred in Atlanta as Donald Glover's girlfriend Vanessa but this is her first blockbusting role. In an interview with IGNDeadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed that Beetz was cast because of her chemistry with Ryan Reynolds. "She, you know, in the read and in the test she went toe-to-toe with Ryan and that's not an easy task, he's such a brilliant actor," Wernick said. "She kept pace with him and that's reason enough to see how that plays out over the course of the next movie and franchise." 

This fresh take on the character switches out Domino's traditionally black eye tattoo for what looks a little like vitiligo, creating an uneven patch of white around her left eye.  It's great to finally see her, but it'll be what she does with those interesting probability powers of hers that'll be even more exciting. Approved, Reynolds. Now hurry up and shoot the movie. 

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Deadpool 2 set photos reveal Wade crashing a birthday party 

Of course they do. What better human to introduce to the young people of the world than Wade Wilson? There's not much info on the below set photos from Vancouver but I predict plenty more where these came from as shooting progresses. Especially now that we've seen Cable and Domino looking suitably amazing in costume. How Deadpool manages to crash a party? It's probably best not to ask, right? Right. 

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Deadpool 2 story sees Cable join the merc with a mouth

If you aren't hopped up on comic lore, all you need to know about Cable's origin story is that it's seriously convoluted. Nathan Summers - AKA Cable - is the mutant son of X-Men leader Cyclops and X-Men antagonist Madelyne Pryor - that’s Jean Grey’s clone - and then there's the time travel.... Returning writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are aware of the complexity of the situation and, in an interview with Collider, revealed that they're going to have to take out a few of the twists and turns.  

"So with Cable, he’s got such a convoluted past, and such a convoluted origin story that I think we’re going to try to leave that, not mysterious, but there are a lot of twists and turns, cloning and all this stuff where you go, “Oh my God. How do we get that across in a two hour movie?”" says Wernick. "I think we’re going to distill him down to his essence. It will be authentic and faithful, but it’s not going to include the 18,000 details if you were going to read a Wikipedia page about Cable you’d roll your eyes."

And when it comes to the Deadpool and Cable casting, the creator of the pair, Rob Liefeld, couldn't be happier. He's promising a buddy movie like we've never seen before. "He's [Josh Brolin] such a great actor, that's where it starts, and gravitas, and who else really is going to hold their ground with Ryan as Wade/Deadpool. That is energy unbridled, and so you've gotta hold your ground," Liefeld told "When I see the two of them I'm like "It's going to be comic book's equivalent to Rush Hour, and I don't know if comic fans are ready for it. I think it's going to be great."

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Deadpool 2 cast also includes Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Jack Vesy

The Merc with a Mouth really needs someone to actually have a fight with so we don't just have him riffing with Cable and Domino the entire time. Step in The Strain actor Jack Kesey. As reported by Deadline, Kesey is playing an as yet unnamed villain. Deadline also reports that sources are suggesting that he'll play a character called Black Tom. Probably known to X-Men fans as a recurring villain in the comics since 1976, Black Tom Cassidy  is a mutant who can manipulate plant life to do his bidding. He has previously appeared in Deadpool comics but all we have is rumours so far. 

And yes, you saw right above Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison is getting in on the action. Of course Ryan Reynolds made the announcement on social media and of course it's calm, collected and understated. OK, that's a complete lie. Just check out the Instagram post below. Dennison's role hasn't yet been revealed but expect it to be announced in an equally subtle way. 

Fox just loves to cast its unknown roles. Japanese Australian actress Shioli Kutsuna has been cast in Deadpool 2 but just like Jack Kesy and Julian Dennison, we don't know who she'll be yet. As reported by Deadline, Kutsuna will apparently be in a "key role" but that's all we know. 

Relatively new to Hollywood, Kutsuna stars in Cannes movie Oh Lucy! alongside Josh Hartnett, and in The Outsider with Jared Leto, which is due out this year. Better than both of those though, she stars in the Japanese movie adaptation of obsessive cat collecting game Neko Atsume. I'll keep you updated once we know exactly who she's playing and on which side of the murky moral compass she's on. 

Also confirmed to be present and correct for the smart-talking sequel are the Stefan Kapicic voiced Colossus and Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead. It's unclear exactly how much of the movie they'll be in but in an interview with Collider, the writers said that the pair will "make at least an appearance." And yes, beady-eyed human, I said three fan favourites above and that's because Reese and Wernick, in another interview with Nerdist have revealed that Dopinder the taxi driver - played by Karan Soni - will make a triumphant return. "We've got to get him his own spin-off," said Wernick.

In terms of other X-Men, there won't be a full on crossover for Deadpool 2. “It’s a timeline that will eventually catch up I would imagine,” Wernick said in a Playlist interview . “But [X-Men producer] Simon’s more the keeper of that universe and maybe we’ll see more X-Men playing in Deadpool’s sandbox and probably Deadpool playing in their sandbox at some point." Well that all sounds fun and sandy but God knows what Deadpool would do in their sandbox if given free rein. Clue, it probably wouldn't be making a castle.

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Deadpool 2 director is John Wick's David Leitch, not Tim Miller 

One of the biggest shockers in the run-up to production was the news that Deadpool director and effects mastermind Tim Miller had departed the second film. At the time this was rumoured to be down to creative differences with Miller wanting to make a bigger budget sequel but in an interview with CG Garage reported on Collider, Miller cleared up some rumours. 

“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters," he said. "I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget. If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet.” 

He didn't quite explain why he did leave but it wasn't what's been said online and in the same interview he says he only has the best wishes for the sequel: "I wish them nothing but good - I hope it's great. I hope it's a great movie. Because I love the character and I think it's great, and I love all the actors and I want to see them successful again."

Miller's replacement is John Wick director David Leitch whose explosive action sequences attracted Ryan Reynolds. "Everybody was just a fan of his work,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.” Given that Deadpool 2's budget is considerably higher than Wick, it's going to be exciting to see what Leitch gets up to when he's not directing dog revenge. 

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Deadpool 2 plot is going to be "as provocative and startling as the first film" 

Don't panic about Deadpool 2 being any less controversial than the original. Producer Simon Kinberg says the sequel isn't going to water down Ryan Reynolds motor-mouthed merc.  “The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “It has [to] tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original."

The team is also focussing on keeping the production small. This isn't just going to be seas of things going boom after the success of the first. "That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger," says Kinberg. "We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it's [sic] the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.” 

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Deadpool 2 will be "distilling the good stuff" from Cable's long and complex backstory

This first look at Deadpool 2's Domino is also a self-referential tease, because of course it is

Deadpool 2's Cable has arrived in these first images, complete with giant gun and teddy bear

Deadpool 2's post-credits scene could introduce a trio of mutants and set up an X-Force movie

Deadpool 2 finds its Cable in Josh Brolin - yup, Cable and Thanos are now the same person

Deadpool 2 gets a 2018 release date (along with two more X-Men spin-off movies)

The Deadpool 2 writers want Hugh Jackman to cameo... but not as Wolverine

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