Even though Deadpool has only just been released in cinemas on Friday, discussions have now already turned to its sequel, which 20th Century Fox have already greenlit.
Fans and moviegoers are now widely speculating about who might feature in the proposed sequel, and this even includes Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The scriptwriting duo admitted to HeyUGuys that there is actually one specific Marvel Studios character that they’d love to put up against Deadpool.
“We can’t, but that’s a rights issue because Fox only [has] the rights to Fantastic Four and X-Men, but I would love to see the Hulk against Deadpool, because it would be really fun to see Deadpool having to use his agility and his silliness and skills to overcome just brute force,” Reese explained.
In like a caterpillar, out like a beautifully mutated regenerating degenerate. pic.twitter.com/yGYUcq6kMQ
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) February 10, 2016
As Reese admitted, it’s rather unlikely that Deadpool will be given the opportunity to go up against Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk. That’s because 20th Century Fox owns Deadpool while Marvel Studios own the rights to the Hulk, and a deal is unlikely to be organized between the duo.
A hopeful Reese continued, “Maybe we can figure out another way to do that with another character in the X-Men universe, but I would love to see him square up against the Hulk. It would be hilarious.”
Obviously, a Deadpool vs. Hulk film is something that comic book fans would absolutely love to see, as the deliciously witty and foul-mouthed Wade Wilson would get a lot of fun out of sparring and making fun of Bruce Banner and his alter-ego.
But, it’s unlikely that Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox would be able to work out a deal that would see the two cross over, even if it was just for a couple of scenes.
Instead, we’ll just have to make do with the current Deadpool film, which has made a rather stunning start to its box office tenure. In fact, on Thursday evening Deadpool broke the R-rated Thursday night preview record, taking in $12.7 million ahead of its release this Valentine’s Day weekend. The previous record was set just 12 months ago when Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
It’s now been predicted that Deadpool will go on to gross somewhere between $60 million and $65 million over this weekend. However, 20th Century Fox will probably be hoping that the hugely positive reaction to the film, which has seen it amass an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, could see it gross even higher than originally predicted.
Starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, Deadpool revolves around a cancer-stricken former NAVY Seal who decides to be subjected to painful experiments by the sadistic Ajax (Ed Skrein) in order to get rid of his disease. After being disfigured by one of the experiments, Deadpool then seeks revenge, all of which unfolds in a rather comical and enjoyable fashion.
Twentieth Century Fox was able to anticipate that Deadpool was going to be a huge success, and before it was released, they decided to green-light a sequel. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already signed up to write the follow-up, while Tim Miller will return as director, and Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, and T.J. Miller are expected to reprise their roles too.
Spoiler alert for Deadpool: In fact, a secret post-credits scene at the end of Deadpool revealed that Cable, the beloved time-traveling character from the comics, will appear in the follow-up. While moviegoers will be hoping that even more X-Men characters will feature too.
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