Earlier this year, Deadpool captured the hearts of millions with its crude humor, violent action, and self-deprecation. The movie wasn't afraid to make fun of itself and the superhero genre as a whole, and that's not changing in the sequel. According to longtime X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg, Deadpool 2 has a very specific target in mind and will be taking on the Hollywood sequel machine.
Simon Kinberg was in attendance on a Television Critics Association panel for the upcoming ABC series Designated Survivor, and afterwards /Film's Fred Topel was able to catch up with the busy producer to discuss all his upcoming projects from his mysterious Star Wars anthology film to Deadpool 2. Kinberg was a producer on Deadpool, a role he'll retain for the sequel. When asked how Deadpool 2 would comment on superhero movies, he revealed that idea of sequels would be a major target.
I think Deadpool 2 will comment on anything that's happening in movies today, especially in superhero movies. The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we'll play around with.
It seems like an obvious decision but it's certainly a good one. Few movies are in as good of a position as Deadpool 2 to tackle the concept of constant sequels. The fourth-wall-breaking Merc with a Mouth had plenty to say earlier this year about superhero movies (including his own history in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), so we shouldn't expect anything different from the sequel. 22 Jump Street also made fun of itself and sequels in general, but Deadpool 2 has a specific genre in its sights. Hollywood is due for a good lampooning. There's no doubt that anything that has a modicum of success will get a sequel and it will be interesting to see what Deadpool 2 - a movie no one thought would ever happen - will have to say about it with its hyper-specific voice.
As of now, there isn't much more we know about Deadpool 2. Cable was announced to be a part of the sequel almost immediately, inspiring a flurry of rumors and fan castings. Plenty of actors have thrown their hats into the ring for the role, but Simon Kinberg revealed to SlashFilm that no one has been cast yet. As for the returning cast, so far only Ryan Reynolds has been officially announced (it was a bit of a given). Tim Miller is returning to direct with a script written by the also returning Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Deadpool 2 is currently slated for a 2018 release date, so keep it here at CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.