Marvel’s crimson killer, Deadpool, is on the unforeseen road to the Oscars as 2016’s Deadpool has been receiving unexpected recognition from various prestigious bodies. In discussing the film’s merits, screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese gave insight into Deadpool 2, stressing it will be a solo film that just so happens will be packed with characters.
“Yeah, it’ll be a solo movie,” Reese said in a recent interview before adding that it will “be populated with a lot of characters, but it is still Deadpool’s movie.” The point is that no matter how many characters from comics get stuffed in the sequel, the focus will remain on Wade Wilson.
“We’re a little nervous, because now we feel like we have to live up to the first movie, but at the same time, we have to have faith,” Reese said of the pressure on making the sequel. “We have an extreme passion still, and as long as we have passion still, and it’s not a mercenary, venal play, which we don’t think this is, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
One major character strongly associated with Deadpool in comics, Cable, was confirmed for the sequel in a post-credits scene that homaged Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Last year, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld told Inverse that Cable was always meant to be in the sequel, so focus wouldn’t be taken away from the starring Wade Wilson. “I could feel Cable breathing down my neck,” Liefeld said of the planning stages of Deadpool. “I said, ‘No. Don’t put Cable in the first movie.’ If Cable comes later, great. Deadpool is a vehicle for Ryan [Reynolds] to shine.”
Halfway into Tim Miller’s Deadpool, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) toast to Wade’s venture into superhero life with the fourth wall-breaking cheers, “That sounds like a fucking franchise.” It was a cute one-liner that satirized and celebrated the lasting appeal of modern superhero movies, which was the element that made Deadpool not only one of the most profitable movies of 2016, but an unlikely awards contender.