The Merc with the Mouth will be back as Marvel and 20th Century Fox had no option but to renew for a second instalment. Lead man Ryan Reynolds begged, borrowed and stole to bring his passion project Deadpool to life, secretly working on the story as he was shooting DC’s flop Green Lantern back in 2010.
The star brought aboard some of the smartest minds in the business to develop a rude and crude comic book character; reworking him into a modern day blockbuster. The picture amassed an incredible $783.1m from a $58m investment at the box office, flying in the face of convention for an R-rated title that broke a number of taboos and conventions in the process.
This is all the more remarkable given the hash that was made about Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Played by Reynolds in an ill-fated cameo that discarded all that was good about the hero and suffering due to the 2007 Writer’s Strike, that history was rightfully scrapped before blowing everyone away in 2016.
However, there are genuine concerns that the followup debuting on June 1, 2018, will be an inevitable letdown as the studio has taken 14 months to forecast a release date. Casting decisions have been delayed and deliberated on as the original filmmaker pulled the pin to cite creative differences. There are red flags and they have to be discussed.
Here are the 7 reasons why Deadpool 2 will suck and 8 why it will be another home run for Fox and Marvel.
15. Won’t Suck – Ryan Reynolds
God bless this man. The 40-year-old Canadian native continues to troll his co-stars on social media as he acts as the main hub for all things Deadpool. Using his social media pages, Reynolds has announced the likes of Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz in their roles to always have his tongue firmly placed in cheek.
The performer has experienced a similar trajectory to Matthew McConaughey, typecast as a loveable and gullible romantic comedy offsider who looks the part but is never taken seriously. From National Lampoon’s Van Wilder to The In-Laws, Foolproof and Just Friends – it would be risk taking like the creepy 2014 black comedy The Voices and the 2015 drama Mississippi Grind where the industry started to sit up and take notice of his credentials.
This has been the platform to play the hell out of Deadpool, putting everything into it by producing behind the scenes. If the sequel is a success, then Reynolds must be front and center of the praise.
14. Will Suck – Zazie Beetz As Domino
To this point in her early career, Zazie Beetz is an unknown quantity. Beating out some stiff competition to the part as Neena Thurman/Domino against the likes of Janelle Monae, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kerry Washington, Sienna Miller, Stephanie Sigman, Lizzy Chaplin and Sofia Boutella, the German actress was seen as the ideal fit from her audition performances.
But there is nothing to suggest that she can take that rawness and apply it to a serious badass such as Domino. The comic book character has affiliations with the X-Force, X-Men, Underground, Six Pack, The 198 and X-Corporation as the Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza creation gives as good as she gets from Wilson.
13. Won’t Suck – Screenplay
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are two of the best screenwriters in the superhero business right now. Is it any wonder the pair have been linked to a number of projects as a package deal? The duo has been go-to contacts for Reynolds as the sequel will live or die on a story that is funny, action packed and progresses the narrative forward to further editions – not a task for the faint of heart.
Wernick and Reese were responsible for the 2009 sleeper comedy Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone as the picture went on to make a cool $102.4m at the box office. Returning to that franchise at a later date, the writers have transitioned from the low-budget science-fiction horror Life with Reynolds to make Deadpool 2 the movie we all hope it will be.
12. Will Suck –Villain Of The Piece
If there is a sticking point to the original Deadpool, it could be Ed Skrein’s character Francis Freeman/Ajax. The weapons expert was virtually a carve and copy to his nemesis Wilson by having an artificial mutation that made him immune to pain and allowed a quicker recovery.
Falling ill of some terrific zingers and jokes, an argument could be made that any antagonist in a Deadpool world has to be a punching bag for the hero to be funny. But gleaning from other villains that could feature in the movie including the likes of Green Goblin, Lady Death or T-Ray, the sequel would be better served with a bad guy or girl that can give as good as they get.
11. Won’t Suck – Josh Brolin As Cable
Until he was announced in the part of Cable just a matter of weeks ago, Josh Brolin was seemingly never in contention. From Michael Shannon to Brad Pitt, Kyle Chandler, Pierce Brosnan, Russell Crowe and David Harbour amongst others, the 49-year old Californian swept in from nowhere to nab the sought after slot in Deadpool 2.
Cable is arguably the most important ingredient in the second instalment, being the gruff time-traveling sidekick who will tie in a lot of the history from the comics. Brolin is a proven quantity in this regard, playing rough around the edges in titles like Hollow Man, Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men, Gangster Squad, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Sicario.
He will be doubling his Marvel duties as he takes on the central villain Thanos once more in Avengers: Infinity War, but hidden behind a CGI face of purple, does it really matter? Brolin will kick ass as Cable.
10. Will Suck – Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Director Tim Miller decided to exchange intellectual properties in order to have the rights for Negasonic Teenage Warhead. During the pre-production and development phase of the 2016 instalment, the filmmaker swapped for Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and in doing so, ended up with a fairly uninteresting replacement.
Deadpool poked plenty of fun at her expense and while actress Brianna Hildebrand does the best with the material she has, there are way more interesting and obscure characters in this world that could have been utilized instead. Perhaps they are being held back for future sequels.
9. Won’t Suck – Foundation Created For X-Force
The upcoming title X-Force is sure to be a smash hit. Think X-Men, but with a Deadpool tone to pack in the gore, violence, sex and language that suits an adult movie. The casting choices of Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino have not only been made with the sequel in mind, forecasting forward to an ensemble picture with attitude.
As Deadpool 2 will be sandwiched in between New Mutants and Dark Phoenix in 2018, there has not been a date locked in for X-Force yet. But the June blockbuster should be the opening for a number of the comic book regulars to showcase themselves, including Psylocke, Warpath, Fantomex, Feral, Stryfe, Tabitha Smith and Warren Worthington III to name but a few. This will be a standalone franchise in and of itself, so buckle up!
8. Will Suck – Colossus
Stefan Kapicic was barely recognizable in the part of Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, playing an organic steel mutant that is the moral compass of everything that is righteous about being a superhero. Someone has to be the buzzkill to the party and although there were some funny moments as the odd couple played off each other, the sequel will be crying out for the giant to have more of a role.
There was confusion with the portrayal as Daniel Cudmore had offered a completely different interpretation of Colossus across X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, turning down the chance at a reprisal because his voice would be dubbed over with a Russian accent. Granted it is just a supporting part that is there to act as a counterweight to Deadpool’s hijinks, but he could be used in a different capacity for number two.
7. Won’t Suck – David Leitch As Director
David Leitch is proof that if you work long and hard enough in this life, then anything is possible. Well into his 40s, the former stunt coordinator developed his craft with a string of installments, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Big Momma’s House, S.W.A.T., The Matrix Revolutions, Constantine, V for Vendetta, Jumper, Tron: Legacy and many more.
But it would be next to his colleague Chad Stahelski that he would get his big break, co-directing the surprise of 2014 in the revenge noir John Wick with longtime compatriot Keanu Reeves. Proving his worth with an eye for full frontal action sequences, Leitch has paved the way for his first ever standalone directorial in Atomic Blonde before he steps behind the camera for Deadpool 2. Leitch knows how to make unadulterated action come to life on the big screen and this flick will be better for his involvement.
6. Will Suck – Tim Miller’s Departure
47-year-old director Tim Miller was a relatively unknown quantity before the Marvel smash hit. Having some visual effects credits to his name like Hideaway and video games Hellgate: London and Mass Effect 2, the American would get his opening into the genre as a second unit director for Thor: The Dark World. In this environment, he could take his action chops to the big screen, but he was still holding out for a project of his own.
Then Reynolds and Deadpool came calling. The rest, as they say, is history. Miller’s stock rose so much from the movie that James Cameron signed him into a reboot for the Terminator, indicating that Miller is now an established member of the Hollywood elite. All the more unusual then that he would not just fail to renew for the sequel, but abandoned the project midway through pre-production. We hope this is not a sign of things to come.
5. Won’t Suck – 4th Wall Breaking
It is the unique signature that makes Deadpool the killer franchise that it is and will become. The 4th wall breaking technique is almost always utilized by comedies as they look to bring the audience in on the joke. Woody Allen famously did so with Annie Hall before it was replicated for titles like Funny Games, Amelie, High Fidelity, Spaceballs, American Psycho and Fight Club.
For some viewers, it can be distracting and off-putting to have a character stare directly down the lens and speak to you – the audience. But for those mature enough to appreciate the art form, it is reassuring to know that you are being entertained. Wade Wilson is nothing if not an entertainer and who better than to narrate their own story than the Merc with the Mouth?
4. Will Suck – Delay And Deliberation
It has taken almost 14 months in between the original coming out and a release date offered for the sequel. That might have been the norm some 10 to 20 years ago, but fans are always eager to know exactly when and where they can get their next fix for the action. While the June 1, 2018, scheduling is not an issue in and of itself, it did speak to a certain amount of disruption occurring behind the scenes.
The casting of Cable went through a database of middle-aged actors until it fell in the lap of Brolin. Likewise for Beetz and Domino, seeing a multitude of actresses linked to the role which indicates that neither Reynolds, writers Wernick and Reese, or Leitch knew exactly what they were looking for in their heroine.
3. Won’t Suck – Supporting Cast Blind Al, Dopinder, And Weasel
A foul-mouthed self-loathing bartender, an elderly vision impaired roommate and a kidnapping taxi driver – just your usual supporting cast for a superhero movie of course. All three characters in Weasel, Blind Al, and Dopinder respectively worked to perfection in the 2016 instalment, providing a realistic backdrop of damaged and insecure people around the protagonist.
Played by TJ Miller (Weasel), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al) and Karan Soni (Dopinder), all three are expected to reprise their roles in Deadpool 2. Their comic timing and down to earth interaction with Wilson gave a charm to the movie that other Marvel and DC properties often fail to achieve. If Wilson is to be stewing in his own self-pity following the horrors of the mutation, then these individuals offer a point of perspective.
2. Will Suck – Sequel Syndrome
How many great sequels are there in Hollywood? Aside from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Godfather: Part II, The Dark Knight, Lethal Weapon 2 and Wayne’s World 2, the truly terrific follow-ups are incredibly few and far between. This is not to say that Deadpool 2 won’t join that acclaimed list of flicks, but history tells us that the chances are slim, to say the least.
Sequels suffer from a whole range of ailments. From overzealous studio involvement who wish to view the success of the first movie and believe that they were the geniuses all along, too lazy filmmakers who opt for repetition, finding lightning in a bottle can be an incredibly hard thing to replicate.
1. Won’t Suck – Logan Nod
The bromance between Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds was the only redeeming feature of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That 2009 mistake brought together two men with very different approaches to the craft but because of the casting, they developed a bond that has endured 8 years and counting.
With their Marvel affiliations, it was mooted in the press that the Merc with the Mouth would appear in some shape or form in the 2017 masterpiece Logan. While he did have a short that popped up in some cinemas across the US, the dark, serious and gritty tone of the title meant that it could never have worked.
Poking fun at Jackman’s sex appeal with tabloid magazines in the original, you just know that Hugh Jackman and/or Wolverine will be acknowledged in some shape or form. When it comes, it will be hilarious. And you never know, the word is the Australian is open to having a cameo in Deadpool 2 as himself.