I know, I hear you. Your eyeballs are fresh from just taking in the wonderfully R-rated heroic action of Deadpool. Why on earth do you need to be thinking about the sequel? Because, my fourth wall breaking friend - yes, yes, take another sip of coffee - there’s actually plenty of Deadpool 2 related info already out there. So let’s get to looking at it, shall we? I will, admittedly, don the speculation goggles at a few points, but only for some hopefully intelligent musings on the future of the merc with a mouth. Let’s start with…
Unless you bounced out of your cinema seat straight after the movie finished because you drank that entire bucket of fizz, you’ve seen Deadpool's two post-credit sequences. I won’t spoil them here but I will say that there’s a mention of a certain Cable making an appearance for the sequel. If you weren’t sure why half of the cinema cackled gleefully, Cable (aka Nathan Summers) is the mutant son of X-Men leader Cyclops and X-Men antagonist Madelyne Pryor - that’s Jean Grey’s clone.
There’s a tonne of time travelling involved in getting him here, but the meat and potatoes of the situation is that Cable stars alongside our new favourite red hero in, amongst many other comics, the aptly titled Cable & Deadpool series. The comics span four years and the pair are a perfect mutant pair, their bromance, and possible romance, now legendary. A super sweary buddy movie with added powers is the natural next step for Deadpool 2.
The original screenwriters, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, are back for Deadpool 2 and very much confirmed Cable’s presence in an interview with The Playlist. “Yeah, we’re on that path,” said Paul Wernick when asked about Cable. "We teased him in the coda, we’re sticking to those plans and are having a great time writing.” Given that Cable also runs the super hardcore X-Men team known as X-Force, he’s also a potential lead into a whole new franchise.
There’s also the small fact that the Cable & Deadpool series of graphic novels is batshit crazy. In an early comic arc, Cable dyes the entire world pink, fixes it and then declares himself ‘The Saviour’. There’s also a heap of teleportation and given that the first film, for all its mutant powers, stuck mainly to the - I can’t believe I’m saying this - but saner side of comics, it’ll be interesting to see what rules are broken for the sequel.
But what about the X-Men? Let’s not forget Wolverine and co. In the same Playlist interview as above, writers Reese and Wernick discussed the problems of syncing up Deadpool with the current silver screen X-Men universe. “If you look at the Iron Man model they had two Iron Man [movies] before they had an Avengers, and if left up to us, I think that would be a very prudent path,” said Reese. "The second issue at hand is the X-Men universe timeline. The X-Men series is currently set in the 1980s. Deadpool is set three decades later in our present day."
The pair don’t rule out the odd dabbling in the universe but a full on crossover won’t be happening for the sequel. “It’s a timeline that will eventually catch up I would imagine,” Wernick said. “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 won’t be making a castle.
Given that Ryan Reynolds has found the perfect superhero - nobody talk about the Green Lantern - he thankfully doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and has happily been discussing sequels. More interestingly however, is who might get the role of fellow mutant, Cable. There’s been nothing at all confirmed, so we’re riding the speculation horse into battle now, but there are a few highly intriguing and notable wannabes.
There are of course the suggestions Deadpool makes in the post-credits sequence - Dolph Lundgren or Keira Knightley anyone? - but Avatar’s Stephen Lang has taken no time in putting his name forward. Joking that he wanted to, errr “lay some Cable” he tweeted out his strongman pics to show off his muscular qualifications.
Shakespeare:"CABLEs of perdurable toughness". Slang: Just staying fit. Training another story. Let's go! #Deadpool pic.twitter.com/cCZ2WTzPi9February 14, 2016
When it comes to who else could take on the role, there are plenty of buff Hollywood leading over-forties who could attempt the badass mutant; Jason Statham might be a bit Stathamy but Ron Perlman would rock our world, and The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker would be a perfectly grizzled grump for Reynolds to wind up. You can see the full line up of potential candidates in our aptly titled, who should play Cable in Deadpool 2?
The release date
According to producer Simon Kinberg, shooting for Deadpool 2 will start in early 2017 so that probably means a 2018 release date for Deadpool 2. Interestingly, as reported by Comicbook.com back in February, 20th Century Fox added two untitled Marvel films to their release date list. One of these is October 6, 2017 and the other January 12, 2018. The October release is probably a bit early for something shooting early in the year but 2018 might be a lot more realistic. We'll keep you updated.
Image credits: Marvel, 20th Century Fox