While nobody will exactly be shocked by this news, the fact that a sequel to Deadpool is officially a go will likely make many fans spike their chimichangas like footballs and thrust their baby hands in the air in jubilation. The confirmation came today at CinemaCon by way of Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider.
Also of note is the fact that director Tim Miller as well as the writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will all be returning. This should cause fans to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the same folks who handled the Merc with a Mouth with such care will continue to serve as quality control.
Fans can also look forward to seeing Ryan Reynolds reprise his role of the titular character. Beyond that, no other cast members have been confirmed, although we do know that the time traveler Cable will make an appearance, thanks to the first film’s post-credits scene.
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Deadpool and Cable have a storied history together in the comic book medium, so it should excite hardcore fans when they see their dreams realized on the silver screen. No names have been mentioned, but actor Stephen Lang has expressed interest in the role. Whether or not Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, or any other X-Men show up remains to be seen.
According to Box Office Mojo, Deadpool currently sits at $757,314,444 globally, making it the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. If the marketing campaign for the sequel is even a fraction as good as it was for the first film, the sky is the limit when it comes to box office gross.
While no concrete release date for Deadpool 2 has been given, it should be noted that Fox has penciled in dates for two unnamed Marvel movies: October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018. It’s probably a safe bet that you’ll find yourself sitting in a theater watching Wade Wilson’s next adventure on one of those.