DEADPOOL 2 (2018)
Untitled Deadpool Sequel, commonly known as Deadpool 2, is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox.
It is intended to be the twelfth installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is being directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with Ryan Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Morena Baccarin, T. J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand,
Stefan Kapičić, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, and Jack Kesy.
Plans for a sequel to Deadpool began before that film's release, and were confirmed in February 2016.
Though the original creative team of Reynolds, Reese, Wernick, and director Tim Miller were quickly set to return for the second film, Miller left the project in October 2016 due to creative differences with Reynolds, and was soon replaced
by Leitch. Drew Goddard had also been in contention to direct, and joined the film to consult on the script in early 2017.
An extensive casting search to fill the role of Cable took place,
with Brolin ultimately cast in the role. Filming took place in British Columbia, Canada,
from June to October 2017. During filming, stunt woman Joi "SJ" Harris died in a motorcycle accident.
Untitled Deadpool Sequel is scheduled to be released on June 1, 2018.
Comic creator Rob Liefeld met Josh Brolin’s Cable in an all-new photo from the set of Deadpool 2. The writer, the mind behind Cable’s creation and co-creator of Deadpool with writer Fabien Nicieza, has been heavily involved in Deadpool 2, posting regular Instagram and Twitter updates about the sequel to Deadpool.
Deadpool 2 has a lot to live up to since its predecessor remains the highest grossing R-rated comic book adaptation of all time. Since Deadpool broke numerous box office records, the only way Fox could top its success was with the introduction of a major fan-favorite character like Cable. Thankfully, according to Liefeld, Cable clearly lives up to the hype.
Liefeld took to Instagram to enthuse about the casting choice made by director David Leitch, calling Brolin one of his favorite actors as well as “one of the most talented actors of all of space and time.” Liefeld is clearly excited by what Brolin’s performance has to offer. His post, indicating that he had seen Brolin in action, teased the actor’s commitment went beyond his physical transformation and that he had “found the voice” that would please fans of the comic books Liefeld had created. Liefeld went on to call Brolin’s casting on par with the decision to pair Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool, a match made in heaven for comic fans. His excitement was infectious, easily hyping his followers up for the film and the iconic team-up between the characters.
Nathaniel Summers, code-named “Cable”, is a mutant from a potential future timeline involving the “mutant messiah” Hope Summers, whose presence has been hinted at motivating Fox’s X-Men franchise’s future. The soldier from the future and Deadpool’s soldier of fortune teamed up in an ongoing series titled Cable & Deadpool from Marvel comics. There, the relationship inspired a fan-following, making the embittered soldier a must for the sequel. Just what Cable’s role in the sequel will look like remains to be seen and it’s led to a lot of speculation from diehard fans, but Cable hasn’t been shy about showing himself. He’s appeared in everything from Logan‘s Deadpool short to the recent Deadpool 2 marketing campaign.
Cable’s origin story is probably one of the most complex in comics, however, and the pressure is on for Fox and Deadpool 2 to deliver a film that lives up to the gleeful insanity of Deadpool. Cable and Deadpool will also be a part of Fox’s X-Men plans moving forward. The casting search for Cable was one of the most frantic in history for comic book fans, many of whom might be asking if Brolin’s Cable can live up to the hype.
Everything about Brolin’s performance, however, seems to indicate that the actor approached Cable with both gravitas and a deep respect for the material. From his physical transformation to this final blessing from Cable’s creator, all that remains is for Deadpool 2 to hit theaters so that fans can make the final call.