It's no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. With three shared universes dueling it out for box office supremacy, there is no shortage of comic book adaptations hitting theaters. While critics fear the genre will eventually become overly saturated, 2016's Deadpool was a game changer. An R-Rated romp starring a non-traditional character, the film shattered expectations when it first arrived. The post-credits scene set up the highly anticipated sequel, with newcomers like Zazie Beetz joining the fun. Beetz is playing the mutant Domino, and recently teased what to expect when Deadpool 2 finally arrives,

In Deadpool 2 I think we go heavier than the first one did. Like Atlanta, the themes are darker. I liked playing this woman who could meet Deadpool face-to-face and toe-to-toe. In terms of our wit and our banter, we match. It really was nice to play that.

This is certainly exciting. While Deadpool had its fair amount of serious material, it always handled it all with plenty of jokes and fourth wall breaking shenanigans. While that will continue with Deadpool 2, it appears that the overall film will be a bit darker than its predecessor.

Zazie Beetz's comments to Comic Book is sure to titillate all the Deadpool fans out there. While the overall information about the sequel is minimal, we now have a clue as to where Deadpool 2 will be going. Following the wild success of the first film, it looks like director David Leitch and producer Ryan Reynolds wanted to switch things up. Now that the audience is there and invested in the character, the sequel can make different choices, including making the entire franchise just a bit darker. The question is: how?

There seems like a few possibilities for Deadpool 2's darker material. Perhaps the most obvious is the inclusion of Josh Brolin's Cable. From the sequel's first trailer, it's clear that there's an emphasis on the time traveling mutant, and the terrors he grew up around. There's also Beetz's character Domino, who usually gets her powers in horrifying experiments similar to what was done to Deadpool in the first film. Their shared trauma may bond the two, possibly forming a love triangle alongside Morena Baccarin's Vanessa. After all, the two have dated on an off in quite a few comic plot lines.

Aside from the darker tone, Zazie Beetz also teased the banter between Domino and Deadpool. While Ryan Reynolds' wit and Wade Wilson's fourth wall breaking is certainly enough to carry a movie, it'll be fun to see Deadpool have yet another character to play off of. Beetz's personal wit and improv abilities are largely what landed her the role in Deadpool 2, as they needed someone to keep up with Reynolds.

All will be revealed when Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters May 18, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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