Even though Ryan Reynolds is skeptical that Deadpool 3 will happen, that doesn't mean Deadpool 2 will be the last we see of the Merc with the Mouth on the big screen. After resting in development hell for years, X-Force is finally moving forward, and along with Wade Wilson, who's putting the militaristic team together in his sequel adventure, the movie will also bring back Cable and Domino. However, Ryan Reynolds has confirmed that T.J. Miller's Weasel, who's appeared in both Deadpool movies, will not be back for the X-Force festivities.
Deadpool 2 wrapped up principal photography last October, and since then T.J. Miller has not only been accused of assaulting a woman during a sexual encounter back in 2001 during his college days, he was also charged last month for calling in a fake bomb threat while traveling on an Amtrak train from Washington D.C. to New York City in March, for which he could be sentenced to five years in prison if convicted. While Ryan Reynolds wouldn't comment on the controversies surrounding Miller during his interview with The New York Times, the actor did say that Miller will not appear in X-Force. It's unclear if these controversies factored into Weasel not being included in X-Force or if it was always the plan for the character not to show up, though I can't Miller's recent press helps matters.
Within the Deadpool mythology, Weasel (real name Jack Hammer) is one of the more important characters, typically serving as Deadpool's best friend, although their dynamic is such as that Deadpool frequently mistreats Weasel and Weasel is so self-interested that his schemes often screw Deadpool over. Within the X-Men film universe, T.J. Miller's Weasel runs a bar that is frequented primarily by mercenaries, including Wade Wilson pre-body scarring. After he gained his special abilities and a face that looked like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado, Wade visited Weasel to tell him he was still alive. While their friendship is more healthy than it is in the comics, when it came time for Wade to rescue Vanessa from Ajax and Angel Dust's clutches, Weasel didn't tag along simply because he didn't want to.
So far all we know about Weasel's role in Deadpool 2 is that he'll be helping Wade Wilson put together the X-Force, but beyond that, it's unclear how he'll fit into the rest of the story. Maybe he'll be killed off during the conflict with Cable and the DMC, or maybe he'll be lucky enough to survive these events intact. Either way, given Wade's habit of breaking the fourth wall, I wouldn't put it past him commenting on T.J. Miller's absence during X-Force.
Deadpool 2 hits theaters on May 18, and while X-Force, which is being written and directed by Drew Goddard, hasn't received a release date yet, it's expected to begin production in October. Don't forget to look through our X-Men movies guide to learn what other mutant-centric projects are in development.
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