Over the past week, Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have let slip some info on the upcoming sequel, confirming that it’s on track to shoot this year, as well as revealing that Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth will be reuniting with Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Dopinder.
Now, speaking to Collider, the duo have been discussing the introduction of Cable to the X-Men universe, and how they are simplifying his origin story, whilst trying to remain faithful to the comic book incarnation.
“With Cable, he’s got such a convoluted past, and such a convoluted origin story that I think we’re going to try to leave that, not mysterious, but there are a lot of twists and turns, cloning and all this stuff where you go, “Oh my God. How do we get that across in a two hour movie?”,” said Wernick. “I think we’re going to distill him down to his essence. It will be authentic and faithful, but it’s not going to include the 18,000 details if you were going to read a Wikipedia page about Cable you’d roll your eyes.”
Reese went on to discuss how the introduction of Cable also paves the way for an X-Force movie, stating that: “There is a responsibility we have to the X-Force universe, and I do think we will not disappoint the fans going into Deadpool 2 and then setting up X-Force and beyond. Its purpose is not to set up X-Force. It will likely set up X-Force, but the drive of the movie won’t be our eyes on Movie 3.”
“We never want to let the tail wag the dog,” added Wernick.” We want to tell the best Deadpool story we can. But I do think we have a responsibility to think about a larger universe in the way that Marvel does and start to put pieces in place. Some of these movies feel overstuffed and almost choking with the need to set up eighteen different things that pay off down the road, and we want to avoid that responsibility to the extent that it hurts us. We want to hint at things, we want to plan some characters, and we want to make some nods, but we’re very, very cognizant about making sure that Deadpool is above all a Deadpool movie.”
Deadpool 2 is currently without a release date, but is expected to hit cinemas some time in 2018, with David Leitch (John Wick) directing.