Deadpool 2 is not far away. Not far away at all. That notion still feels vaguely miraculous, given the first film's resounding critical and commercial victory after years of resolute 'Never gonna happen' status. Everything about the Deadpool movies still feels a bit impossible. But Deadpool 2 is close. And it has Cable. And Domino. And one of John Wick's directors. It all feels almost a bit too perfect.
But let's not worry about such things, and instead enjoy the reassurance that sometimes things can be that good. In fact, let's wallow in that warm, nourishing feeling even further, by diving deep into literally everything we know about Deadpool 2.
- Deadpool 2 release date: May 18, 2018
- Director: David Leitch
- Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz
- Writers: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
Deadpool 2's "Meet Cable" trailer brings a stack of new footage (but replaces some of it with action figures)
The last Deadpool 2 trailer – the Bob Ross themed ‘Wet on Wet’ teaser – was big on delightfully batshit, Deadpool self-awareness, low on anything to do with the actual film. The new trailer, however, strikes more of a balance. I mean it still features Deadpool acting out a major action scene between himself and Cable using action-figures in a cardboard city set – bouncing straight off a fourth-wall breaking shutdown of old Alloy Arm’s dramatic introduction – but we do then get a whole boatload of action-focused footage from, you know, the actual Deadpool 2 movie.
Or at least I assume we do. As far as we know right now, it could all be bluff footage filmed in Ryan Reynolds’ bathroom over the weekend, and the actual Deadpool 2 might be a romantic comedy about aardvarks, distributed via the medium of flick-books handed out in cinema lobbies. But assuming all of this is actually legit, here’s what we’re getting:
Cable wrecking a roomful of well-armed (possibly futuristic) SWAT team officers, literally single-handed. Deadpool smashing a guy in the face with a brick. Domino elbowing a guy in the head. Negasonic doing something with fire. Deadpool fighting guys without his costume, possibly at home. Cable jumping over a truck. Car stunt action with (yay!) Dopinder. Loads of weapon-loading, loads of shooting, a kid - played by Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison - flipping the double-bird, and a whole lot of Deadpool’s ass.
And for all the upscale in action, everything still feels pleasingly personal and gritty, a la the first film. Which is great. It would feel wrong if Deadpool turned into a glossy blockbuster. We probably have John Wick co-director David Leitch to thank for the continuation of Tim Miller’s ‘small-scale spectacle’ vibe. That guy is great at making stunningly choreographed violence feel improvised and intimate.
Deadpool 2's official story synopsis is almost definitely not the story of Deadpool 2
Probably. See what you think:
“After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.”
I mean, look, it's Deadpool 2 - or rather "Untitled Deadpool Sequel" according to the synopsis, in a probable dig at The Avengers 4's spoiler-dodging refusal to pin down a title. Any and all of the above is technically feasible. But where does Cable fit in? What's Domino's role? Were their character reveals a smoke-and-mirrors diversion? Does Josh Brolin really play the horny hounds? Is Zazie Beetz a ninja yakuza cocktail judge? Who knows. We'll find out next June.
Deadpool 2 release date is this year
After a June release date was announced, a quick switch from Fox means that Deadpool 2 will release on May 18, 2018.
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The first official Deadpool 2 poster is thankfully rather artistic
Revealed on Ryan Reynolds' Instagram account, the first official Deadpool 2 poster isn't the generic cloud of abstract, floating faces we tend to expect from these things. Rather, the faces are all very much in context, and that context is... a cosy, family Thanksgiving dinner?
Yep, that's Deadpool and Cable being mum and dad, and the rest of the gang, from Domino, Colossus, to Dopinder, ready to tuck in, in an image inspired by Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom from Want. Stan Lee is just at the back, in a portrait on the wall. So what does this tell us about Deadpool 2? Like most of the recent publicity materials, probably nothing. But it is rather fun.
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.
Oh, and there's also a Bob Ross-themed teaser. I'm not even going to try to explain, rationalise, or justify this one. But it's brilliant and you should watch it. It's worth it for the paint names alone.
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.
The fuck, Fox! You can't play 2 characters in the same universe!! Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in Sabrina The Teenage Witch. pic.twitter.com/AQCRp1aWKgApril 12, 2017
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'...
We all have that one, grumpy, heavily armed Uncle from the future. #PremiumCABLE #JoshBrolin pic.twitter.com/JV3yBIIPQHAugust 7, 2017
DeadPool 2: Your premium #Cable provider. #DeadPool2 pic.twitter.com/LboS0iVDqZAugust 7, 2017
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.
Brolin's ultra-meaty transformation isn't just for show, either. The guy is throwing himself at the physicality of the role hard. In his own words, when speaking to Collider:
"I got beat to shit on that movie. That’s all I know. I had stuntmen throwing me all over the place. I’ve got a shoulder issue, I’ve got a knee issue that I’ve got to deal with now, but we got through it. We got through it. I pushed hard and I suffered because of it."
Good work, sir. Good work indeed.
Deadpool 2's post-credits scene is going to tease the X-Force movie
Well, this is interesting. If ComicBook.com 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.
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.
Some people just know how to work a red carpet. #Domino #DeadPool2 pic.twitter.com/llCc8JfKT6July 31, 2017
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.
New 'Set Photos' released from 'Deadpool 2' which appear to have Deadpool crashing a kids birthday party. #Deadpool2 pic.twitter.com/5rzONoU4IpJune 27, 2017
Nuevas imágenes del rodaje de Deadpool 2. pic.twitter.com/8t9WGPoPGsJuly 4, 2017
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."
“The character of Cable is complex,” agrees director David Leitch. “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.”
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 Comicbook.com. "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."
Deadpool 2 cast also includes The Strain's Jack Kesey
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 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 , 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 , 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.
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. Leitch is also bringing John Wick - and Guardians of the Galaxy - composer Tyler Bates with him, making for a sort of reunion. Keanu cameo, anyone? Oh go on.
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 . “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.”