It’s not often superhero movies get sequels, let alone when they earn more than $700 million worldwide, and yet here we are! It was announced today at CinemaCon that Deadpool will get a sequel sometime in the near future, and that Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller will be returning. Also returning? Deadpool’s potty mouth, thanks to original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The creation of Deadpool wasn’t easy, with several stops and starts that only eventually gave way thanks to the motivation of Reynolds, who prior to this had been suffering a pretty bad career slump. (Before R.I.P.D. bombed, he tried to bring life to his career by staying in a buried coffin for the entire run of a movie, but even that didn’t work. Shocking!) He’s yet to make any blatant attempts to parlay this comic book success to true A-list status, but why should he? Being a successful superhero (rather than an unsuccessful one, like the Green Lantern) basically guarantees paychecks for the next five years. That’s practically TV money!
It’s worth noting that Deadpool was released by 20th Century Fox, not Marvel Studios, and so there would have to be a special deal inked with Marvel in order to see Deadpool included in any of that studio’s upcoming major releases. It’s not impossible, though, as Sony and Marvel accomplished such a deal last year, which is why we’re going to see Spider-Man in the newest Captain America flick. That’s an idea that director Miller is very keen on, by the way, saying at CinemaCon, “It would be fun to all team up one day, somehow, together, if that could work, I would love to, someday, in part, heal the rift between the world of X-Men and the world of Avengers.”