“Deadpool 2” Writers Talk Returnees, “X-Force”

The “Deadpool” sequel hasn’t yet begun production, but it is almost ready to go. Ahead of that, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have sat down with several press outlets, including Collider, to talk about their plans for what we can expect to see in the follow-up.

First up they confirm that Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni) will all return from the first film. The trio will join the yet to be cast Domino and Cable who will be the big new additions for the second outing.

Cable in the comics has a very complicated back story, one that the writers admit they’re not really going to touch. Wernick says:

“So 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?’ 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.”

With Cable’s inclusion though, the film sounds like it will be used in part to setup an “X-Force” movie. Reese says “there is a responsibility we have to the X-Force universe” but it will not “be the drive of the movie”. Wernick adds:

“We never want to let the tail wag the dog. 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.”

Speaking of “Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds tweeted a short “For Your Consideration” video for the film late last week just ahead of the close of Oscar ballots. Check out the piece below: