With the major success that was Deadpool, all eyes are currently on Fox to see how the creative side of the X-Men Universe will adapt to tell new stories. Two of those creatives, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be writing the Deadpool sequel, but may also be setting up some new X-Men stories.
In a recent interview with Collider, the writers discussed what we should expect from the Deadpool sequel, mentioning that we will likely see a set up for an X-Force movie.
RR: “There is a responsibility we have to the X-Force universe, and I do think we will not disappoint the fans going into Deadpool 2 and then setting up X-Force and beyond.”
PW: “We never want to let the tail wag the dog. We want to tell the best Deadpool story we can. But I do think we have a responsibility to think about a larger universe in the way that Marvel does and start to put pieces in place. Some of these movies feel overstuffed and almost choking with the need to set up eighteen different things that pay off down the road, and we want to avoid that responsibility to the extent that it hurts us. We want to hint at things, we want to plan some characters, and we want to make some nods, but we’re very, very cognizant about making sure that Deadpool is above all a Deadpool movie.”
RR: “Its purpose is not to set up X-Force. It will likely set up X-Force, but the drive of the movie won’t be our eyes on Movie 3.”
While I would love to see an X-Force movie down the road, I completely understand where the writers are coming from. Previous comic-book movies have failed because they tried too hard to set up a cinematic universe, whereas creating exciting and entertaining individual movies is a great way to begin rebuilding the X-Men franchise.
A sequel to Deadpool will land in 2018.