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For years, the idea of a Deadpool movie actually happening was slim at best given all the time it spent in development hell, but the leaking of animated test footage finally got the ball rolling. A couple years later, Deadpool was a critical and commercial success, and 20th Century Fox wisely didn't wait long to greenlight a sequel. Fast forward to now, Deadpool 2 is less than two months away from arriving in theaters, as it was moved from its previous June 1 release date to May 18.
We have a basic idea of what Deadpool 2 has in store thanks to the three trailers that have been released so far, but there's still plenty of mystery that surrounds the sequel. As we count down the days until this long-anticipated movie finally hits the silver screen, here are the biggest questions on our mind concerning Deadpool 2.
Who Is The Pyrokinetic Kid?
Until now, Julian Dennison was best known for playing Ricky Baker (who has a reputation of being a bad egg) in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but Deadpool 2 will introduce him to a lot of American moviegoers. We saw a couple of quick shots of Dennison's character in the first two Deadpool 2 previews, and in the full-length trailer, not only was it seemingly confirmed he's pyrokinetic (he can manipulate fire), but he's also being targeted by Cable. However, this kid has yet to be officially identified, and fan speculation about who he is has ranged from Pyro (who was notably played by Aaron Stanford in the original X-Men movies) to Neal Shaara (one of several to go by Thunderbird) to Kid Apocalypse. Whoever the kid is, the other question that needs to be answered is why Cable is after him. I suspect Cable believes that by killing this mutant, the horrific future he grew up in won't come to pass, but if that's the case, what did the boy do that led to the future becoming so depressing?
What Has Happened In Cable's Future?
Just like in the comics, Cable hails from the future, and boasting impressive mutant abilities and technological upgrades, he's come to the present on a mission to kill Julian Dennison's character. As seen in the Deadpool 2 preview where the VFX on Cable's metal arm wasn't completed, Cable's time period doesn't exactly look like it's a fun place, somewhat echoing the future seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. In this future, however, there is a group called the DMC, and Cable has to deliver a beating to some of its soldiers. There isn't a DMC in Marvel Comics, so if I had to guess, I'd say that this yet another group that is responsible for keeping mutants contained or controlled. Still, what specifically led to the DMC's creation, and did that happen before or after Earth entered its post-apocalyptic phase. The specifics of Cable's past will be explored in future movies, but at the very least, let's hope Deadpool 2 provides enough information as to what went down in his time period.
What Is Black Tom Cassidy's Role?
The latest Deadpool 2 trailer framed Cable as the movie's main antagonist, but considering Cable's history with the X-Force in the comics and the fact that Josh Brolin is reprising the character for three more movies, it can be reasoned that his conflict with the Merc with the Mouth won't be permanent. Besides, Deadpool 2 already has a legitimate super villain in its cast: Black Tom Cassidy, played by Jack Kesy. In the comics, Cassidy (who is Banshee's cousin) was originally able to emit concussive blasts via wooden mediums, but his abilities later evolved to being able to manipulate plant life. But we have yet to learn how Cassidy will participate in Deadpool 2? Does he come from the same apocalyptic future Cable lived in? Does he live in the present, and his plans will be what forces Deadpool and Cable to team up? Whatever his role is, hopefully it's significant rather than minor.
How Do Negasonic Teenage Warhead And Colossus Fit Into The Story?
As fun as it is to watch Deadpool cause trouble by himself, it was good that he had more conventional superheroes to interact with in his first movie. Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus tried their best to recruit Deadpool into the X-Men (even though Negasonic didn't particularly care how that turned out), but in the end, Wade Wilson didn't accept their offer. Nevertheless, he's still on good terms with these two, so they'll be around for Deadpool 2's craziness. But how exactly are they involved? So far all we know is that Negasonic has graduated to being a "new level of X-Men," Colossus is one of the story's most important characters and that Wade will revisit the two at the X-Mansion. However, Negasonic and Colossus don't appear to be part of the X-Force, so are they just helping out Deadpool for a little bit and will otherwise be doing their own thing, or will be steadily interacting with the Merc with the Mouth throughout the movie?
Who Are The Other X-Force Members?
So far two of Deadpool's teammates on the X-Force (yes, it does sound a little derivative) have been officially revealed: Domino and Bedlam. Rob Delaney's character is identified as Peter in the recent trailer, and going by his lack of costume, one could assume that he is Peter Wisdom. As for the other members, while we can't with 100% certainty who they are, they're are some educated guess floating around online. First off, Into the Badlands actor Lewis Tan confirmed he's playing the X-Force member located between Deadpool and Bedlam in the above picture, and judging by that headgear, the consensus is this individual is Shatterstar. Shiloni Kutsuna's character's abilities suggest that she's Surge, and some are speculating that Peter Skarsgard's character is Zeitgeist. Ideally in the remaining weeks leading up to Deadpool 2's release, the rest of these X-Force members will be officially identified, although we're still looking forward to seeing the whole team have to deal with Deadpool kookiness, as well as which of these characters will stick around for the X-Force movie.
What's The Deal With Deadpool's Gray Suit?
Just to be clear, we know why Deadpool 2 is having Wade Wilson wear a gray suit. During his time with the X-Force in the comics, the Merc with the Mouth wore a gray variation of his classic costume, so because Deadpool 2 sees the cinematic X-Force team forming, it makes sense for him to wear similar colors. However, it's hard to tell in the recent trailer whether this is actually a brand-new costume that Wade is wearing or if it's his regular costume that's just been colored by dust or soot. I'm leaning towards the latter since in the background, we see a fire, presumably caused by Julian Dennison's character. Even if that is the case, that would be a fun nod to Deadpool's comic book Easter egg, and would actually be more in line with the character's troll-ish personality: teasing an element from the source material without actually delivering it.
Who Is The Mystery Cameo?
Last week, it was reported that during Deadpool 2's reshoots, a secret cameo was shot, which took two hours in Los Angeles. A superhero movie throwing in cameos is nothing new; the first Deadpool movie had Stan Lee and Rob Liefeld briefly appear. Nevertheless, we're curious about who this individual is that will briefly pop their head in. Is it someone from the comics, perhaps even someone who's appeared in a previous X-Men movie? Or could it just be a familiar celebrity either playing themselves or a bit part? I'm crossing my fingers that it's Hugh Jackman cameoing as himself rather than Wolverine, mainly because after all the years of grief that both Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds have given him, it's about time the Australian actor finally get a chance to retaliate in a cinematic setting.