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Deadpool 2 Has Added A Sherlock Holmes Star

Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock Holmes

With three shared universes currently producing major comic book blockbusters, superheroes are just about everywhere. And while critics fear that the genre will become so saturated and predictable that it'll cannibalize itself, movies like Deadpool are in a tier by themselves. The R-Rated romp destroyed expectations for comic book movies, and proved that more adult movies could still make buckets of money and be met with critical acclaim. Most of the details regarding its highly anticipated sequel have been kept under wraps, but the cast of Deadpool 2 has slowly been revealed. Another mysterious character has just been added, as Sherlock Holmes actor Eddie Marsan has joined the cast in an undisclosed role.

This news comes to us from Eddie Marsan himself, who recently shared a photo on the set of Deadpool 2. It was apparently bring your kids to work day, and star/producer Ryan Reynolds was more than happy to post for some photos with Marsan's children. Check it out.

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Isn't that adorable? While Wade Wilson might be a bit too psychotic to be around kids, Ryan Reynolds has all the charm that it takes to make Eddie Marsan the coolest dad ever.

Eddie Marsan is just the latest in a line of mysterious Deadpool 2 characters who have not yet been disclosed. He joins the ranks of child actor Julian Dennison and Japanese actress Shiori Kutsuna in mystery roles, as well as newcomers like Jack Kesy's Black Tom Cassidy, Josh Brolin's Cable, and Zazie Beetz' Domino.

Audiences will likely know Eddie Marsan's work, as he's had a lengthy and impressive career in TV and film. American moviegoers will perhaps know him best from Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes franchise, which he co-starred in as Inspector Lestrade. Lestrade is essentially the Commissioner Gordon of Sherlock Holmes, giving support to the hero while also being somewhat frustrated in his methods. Marsan also has a sizable role in Showtime's Ray Donovan, playing Ray's brother Terry. The eldest son of Mickey, he developed Parkinson's disease from his life as a boxer, after receiving too many blows to the head.

It should be interesting to see what Deadpool 2 does with its bevy of new characters. Part of what makes the first film so great is how capsulated the narrative was. The film took place over just one day, with flashbacks and Wade Wilson's narration filling in important exposition. But with a ton of new characters being introduced, it's safe to say that the plot might cover more time and ground. Now we just have to see if that choice will be as effective as Deadpool.

Deadpool 2 will arrive in theaters on June 1, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.