A Deadpool sequel is coming, and it signifies a big shift for the X-films
There is a very good chance that Deadpool is going to be a hit, possibly a very big hit. And it should be, it’s a great movie.
Early reviews and ticket sales have been very strong. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is projected to open with at least $65 million, possibly much higher. With those type of numbers, it’s no surprise that Fox and Marvel just greenlit a Deadpool sequel, even before the original is in theaters.
Well, it’s a little bit of a surprise given Fox’s propensity for ruining perfectly good franchises, but it’s not surprising from a business perspective.
The next step for Fox will be to lock down the creative team behind the film. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are confirmed and are already working on an outline for the film; director Tim Miller hasn’t signed on yet, but Fox is reportedly intent on keeping the team together. That’s a good move on Fox’s part, and probably a necessary one as well, given how much the Deadpool team went through together to get the film made.
Reese, Wernick, Miller, and Reynolds fought to make Deadpool for years, even when no one at Fox wanted anything to do with the property. The film only exists because of their determination, and it now seems to finally be paying off. Deadpool looks like it might be a franchise within the X-franchise, and the character of Deadpool will likely pop up a few other places outside of his own films.
According to Reynolds, his current priority is now to bring X-Force to life. There has been talk of an X-Force film, highlighting a darker side of the X-universe, for a long time now. At one point Kick-Ass 2’s Jeff Wadlow was attached, but it didn’t go anywhere. With Deadpool a hit and Reynolds on a role, there has never been a better time to push for it.
There are a lot of directions an X-Force film could go, and a lot of heroes it could introduce. Ideally it will bring a few established X-Men over from the current X-film universe (Psylocke and Archangel, both of whom are in X-Men: Apocalypse, have been on the team), as well as introducing a few fan favorites – Cable and Domino spring to mind. That could then lead into the Deadpool sequel, further fleshing out the more offbeat side of the X-Men universe.
Another possibility could be to build off of Channing Tatum’s Gambit, then have that character also join X-Force. Given the character of Gambit’s dark history, he would actually be a good fit for an X-Force that also featured Deadpool. It would also further connect the new wave of X-films.
Deadpool is an excellent movie, and without the constraints of telling an origin film, a sequel could be even better. With X-Men: Apocalypse also coming this year, it should be a big year for Fox. Hopefully that will encourage Fox to take a hint from Marvel and set up an actual roadmap. Of course, that would require long term commitment from Fox, something the studio hasn’t really been willing to do.