After the raging success of 2016’s Deadpool, which was, for the genre, a low-budget underdog — the kind that humps its owner’s leg — Wade Wilson is getting a sequel. The sequel, simply called Deadpool 2 for the time being, is expected sometime in 2018.
Deadpool already gave Wade his all-important, dramatic origin story — because every good hero and anti-hero needs one — but where will the sequel go from there? He got revenge on Francis, got his girl back, and is still one of the best mercenaries in the business. Most likely, the sequel will include Wade trying to figure out what the hell to do with his life, and a lot of that will come down to any potential X-Force members shoving into the action.
Here’s everything we know about Deadpool 2 so far:
No, There is Not a Plot Yet
Shockingly Enough, Ryan Reynolds Will Play Wade Wilson’s Deadpool
Because it’s his baby.
The Movie’s First Teaser Promises Deadpool Wasn’t a Fluke
The first official teaser trailer for the unnamed Deadpool 2 premiered in American theaters right before Logan, acting as a pre-movie clip rather than a post-credits scene. While absolutely nothing (that anyone knows of) was revealed about the upcoming sequel in this clip, its tone at least reassured fans of the Merc with a Mouth that Reynolds and the gang didn’t just get lucky the first time around. They know this character inside and out, and any movie they have a hand in will share the first film’s manic joy.
After weeks of speculation and dream casting lists, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz was announced to be playing Neena Thurman’s Domino in Deadpool 2. Deadpool’s mercenary frenemy and often grudging partner will surely kick some sense into Wade Wilson on the big screen, and she will definitely kick ass with her (to put it simply) probability-altering powers.
There’s a Good Chance Deadpool 2 Will Play Into the X-Force Film
It was announced back in February that Reynolds would be teaming up with director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) to make Fox’s X-Force movie. It’s expected sometime soon-ish, as it’ll come out after Deadpool 2, which will be released in 2018. But despite a lack of release date, the cast is already firming up due to Deadpool 2’s much-anticipated ensemble, including Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and Cable (currently uncast).
Seriously, Who is Playing Cable?
It’s not funny anymore, Fox. The rumors are flying like crazy about who will be playing Nathan Summers’s Cable, the ultra-powerful, violent-but-well-meaning, future-dwelling warrior son of Scott Summers (Cyclops). So far, casting rumors have revolved around Brad Pitt (denied), Pierce Brosnan (denied), Michael Shannon (still possible), Russell Crowe (still possible), and David Harbour (still possible). Damn it, just tell us already!
The Original Writing Team is Returning, With One Notable Addition
Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are returning for the sequel, but they’ll be joined by Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Drew Goddard as a script consultant. Goddard’s lengthy writing resume includes TV shows such as Buffy, Alias, and Lost along with movies such as Cloverfield and World War Z. He also directed The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with cult fandom aficionado Joss Whedon.
There Have Been a Lot of Directorial Problems So Far
Deadpool 2 is currently under the influence of director David Leitch of John Wick fame, but it wasn’t always that way. Tim Miller, the first Deadpool film’s director, left rather publicly from the project, citing irreconcilable differences between himself and Reynolds. But they’re supposedly cool; it was on good terms. Still, it’s all a bit fishy. And it caused Junkie XL, the first film’s composer, to abandon Deadpool 2. So there’s that.
Some of Your Deadpool Faves Are Definitely Returning for the Sequel
No worries: Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Colossus, and everyone’s favorite lovestruck cabbie, Dopinder, are all confirmed as returning for Deadpool 2. Rumors about Morena Baccarin’s Vanessa and T.J. Miller’s Weasel are unconfirmed for now, but also totally legitimate, right?
Deadpool 2 is expected sometime in 2018.