Fox is very optimistic that Deadpool will be a major box office success when it hits theaters this week. In fact, the studio is so confident that screenwriters are already working on a sequel before the first film is out. Will Deadpool live up to these high expectations?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese the go-ahead to write the next film in the franchise. The studio is apparently banking on the upcoming holiday weekend to bring some $65 million in opening weekend sales.
Whether or not Deadpool manages to meet these goals is yet to be seen, but Fox does want to keep the cast and crew together for the sequel. This is one reason why Reese and Wernick have been tapped to write the next movie, though director Tim Miller has not agreed to another contract.
In addition to writing Deadpool, Reese and Wernick also served as the movie’s executive producer. At the same time, Miller, Reese, Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds had to work hard to get the film finished in the first place, which only proved to strengthen their bonds moving forward.
Deadpool is an adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero of the same name. In the comics, the character belongs in the same world as X-Men, which is another reason why Fox has already moved forward with a sequel.
According to Screen Rant, the studio has plans to incorporate another character into Deadpool’s world: Cable. This is something that might be revealed in a post-credits scene, and means that Deadpool 2 will serve as a means to further widen the X-Men world.
If Cable is included in the sequel, then there is a good chance that Deadpool will be featured in the next X-Men movie, X-Force. That being said, Fox does have plans to make The New Mutants before it ramps up production for X-Force, so it might be a while before fans see Deadpool included in a larger team.
In addition to being part of the larger X-Men universe, Deadpool is unique in that he strays far afield from the typical superhero. In fact, Screen Rant is reporting that Deadpool’s close resemblance to the comics is one reason why the film is expected to do so well in theaters.
As a character, fans have come to love Deadpool for his irreverent wit and mischief, which the film nailed spot on by casting Reynolds for the part. Along with all the wise-cracks, the character is also known for his unconventional sexuality, which is something that Reese recently talked about during an interview with Variety.
Naturally, Deadpool is widely considered to be pansexual. Although the film is expected to pair Reynolds with Morena Baccarin’s character, Vanessa, Reese explained how the movie makes subtle hints about Wade Wilson’s true sexual identity.
“There’s veiled references to it in this film. It’s in the DNA of the character.”
Meanwhile, Reynolds also opened up about his character’s unconventional ways during the same interview. In particular, Reynolds was open to the idea of the next movie exploring his character’s sexuality in a different way.
“I love that about Deadpool. I love that he can break any boundary. In the future, I hope we get to do that more… I certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that. That would be great.”
An official announcement concerning a Deadpool sequel has yet to be made, though one is expected in the coming months.
Deadpool is set to premiere in theaters on February 12.
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