After years of languishing in development hell, Deadpool was finally green-lighted in summer 2014 thanks to its animated test footage being leaked online. Fast-forward to this past February, and the Merc with the Mouth’s first solo movie not only opened to great reviews, but has grossed over $758 million worldwide. Of course, no movie is perfect, and director Tim Miller admits that he’d done a better job of showing just how big Deadpool’s world was.
While going over the areas where Deadpool could have used improvement, Miller pointed out to Collider how the movie could have benefitted from Wade Wilson’s adventure could have benefitted from feeling more grand. As he put it:
It feels like a small movie to me, and I feel like I could have done a much better job of getting us out there and adding some scope. I don’t think I did a good job with establishing shots and scope and making it feel like a bigger world. It feels like a small indie movie, and some of that works well, but some of it I think I could have done a better job of making this feel like a world a little more.
To be fair, Deadpool was always meant to feel like a smaller movie compared to the other X-Men movies. The $58 million budget was the first clue this movie would feel as epic as its most recent predecessor, X-Men: Days of Future Past, or its successor, X-Men: Apocalypse. However, it sounds like Miller is just referring to how the movie felt self-contained and small with how it presented the environment Wade Wilson was in. Among the main locations in the movie were the mercenary bar that Weasel worked at, the facility where Wade was experimented on, Blind Al’s digs, the highway where Wade took on Ajax’s armed goons and the scrapyard for the climactic fight. While these places certainly didn’t have a claustrophobic feel to them, sometimes they felt secluded.
Although Deadpool 2 has officially been green-lit, Tim Miller has said before that the sequel won’t necessarily feel bigger than the first movie. That said, if Miller is having these thoughts about scope and size, perhaps the sequel will have Wade exploring more places or just making it clearer that Deadpool’s adventures are part of the X-Men cinematic universe. This was primarily done in Deadpool with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who came from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters to try to recruit Deadpool to be a hero. Deadpool 2 at least has other X-Men characters taken care of, as Cable will be a major player and Domino is rumored to appear.
We’ll keep you updated on any news regarding Deadpool 2’s release date, but for now, Deadpool is set to be released on home media on May 10.