The soon-to-be-released sequel “Deadpool 2” has been making headlines for weeks in funny ways to promote the movie. The hype has been built up using clever clips in which the Deadpool character tries to apologize to soccer player David Beckham, or hanging out with Celine Dion for the “Ashes” music video. The new film has been one of the most anticipated of 2018 along with “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” It appears that the hype may be appropriate for the follow-up to the original “Deadpool” movie too.
That’s because movie review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes has a “Certified Fresh” score for “Deadpool 2,” so far. Based on a Screenrant report, the movie had 93 reviews just days ahead of its official debut in theaters and had received an aggregate score of 84 percent out of 100. For comparison, the original film received an 83 percent score, which it still has to this date. As more movie reviewers score and grade the new film, the Rotten Tomatoes aggregate number will change in one direction or the other. So far, it seems that this film is on track for a successful outing at the box office and will be one of those rare sequels, let alone comedy sequels, that could do as well as its predecessor.
The R-rated film “Deadpool 2” will follow a new adventure involving the title character. In the original, a man named Wade Wilson became Deadpool a Marvel anti-hero with a penchant for quirky humor and violence. In the latest film, he’ll be involved with several other characters from the Marvel comic book world including Cable and members of X-Force. It will bring back Ryan Reynolds in the title role while also adding Josh Brolin in the role of Cable. That gives Brolin two box office smashes in the same month or so, as he also plays the villain Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Speaking of the latest “Avengers” film, it appears that “Deadpool 2” could be the one to potentially take over for the box office leader. However, Wade Wilson and company only have a short bit of time to do so. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will hit theaters just a week later with a more family-friendly rating of PG-13 rating.
Deadpool 2, the all-action, joke-filled sequel to 2016’s Deadpool, has made a positive impression on critics thus far. Ahead of the film’s 18 May release date, reviewers have, generally speaking, praised the film’s story, comedy, and exciting style. Rolling Stone gave Deadpool 2 three and one half stars out of four, and IGN.com awarded the work a score of about eight out of 10. At the time of writing this piece, the aggregate critical score on Rotten Tomatoes for Deadpool 2 is almost 90%.
Deadpool 2, like the original Deadpool, stars Ryan Reynolds. (Several other cast members from the original have also returned for the sequel, including Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, and T.J. Miller.) The Deadpool character initially appeared in works released by Marvel Comics, and before 2016, few fans and executives believed the foul-mouthed, ultra-violent individual had a future on the silver screen. That changed after some convincing and negotiating resulted in Deadpool releasing in all its R-rated glory; the superhero flick, despite requiring its viewers to be over the age of 17, earned nearly $800 million against a $60-million budget and was widely praised by fans and critics. Soon after Deadpool’s reviews and earnings came pouring in, plans were made to create a sequel; filming for Deadpool 2 began in June 2017.
It’s still too early to predict Deadpool 2’s overall earnings, but opening weekend ticket sales have exceeded expectations, industry analysts have indicated. Besides potentially earning more money at the box office than any other R-rated film in history, Deadpool 2 has set several records, including the widest R-rated film release (the movie is showing in 4,103 theaters) and the most ticket preorders.
Interested fans shouldn’t hesitate to check Deadpool 2 out, as professional reviewers have made clear that the film is both memorable and fun. And for the lucky UK viewers who were able to catch the movie on 10 May (simply as a result of a difference in scheduling), here’s to the beauty (and unfairness!) of early international access.
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In a recent interview about his upcoming movie The Emoji Movie, TJ Miller, who plays Dead Pool’s best friend, irresponsible bar owner in the Deadpool films shined a light on what Deadpool 2 would and would not be like. He told Screen Rant that the movie would have its own original plot and would be darker, funnier and edgier. He compared it to the Hangover 2, which took most of what made the first movie a hit and simply raised the stakes and changed a few minor plot details. He said that Deadpool 2 would be different, and not simply more of the same.
In the interview, Miller hinted at “a tragic and dark event” in the beginning of the film that would have the rest of the film exploring the aftermath. Arguably there are plenty of dark and tragic events that occur in the first film, but fans will just have to wait and see how different and new Deadpool 2 is. New characters Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) have already been announced as making an appearance, so there is certainly something that will be different about this movie.
Of course, like most movies based on comic book heroes (or anti-heroes), there are decades of comic book material to pull from, so there is absolutely no reason for Deadpool 2 to be a repeat of the first film. Regardless of how much source material they pull from and what new situations and characters are introduced in this next film, it is hard to believe that it will be less than entertaining than the first Deadpool film. Of course, the second film does not have quite the same build up and expectations as the first, with not being stuck in development hell for so long, but it still has a great deal to live up to.
As far as “Deadpool 2” goes, there is some more good news coming from the camp, namely for a major in the movie.
As of now, it has been revealed that actor Jack Kesy will be a part of the cast of Deadpool 2, serving as a major villain in the movie, though it hasn’t been confirmed exactly who that will be apart from some sources calling him “Black Bob” for the moment. This all comes after news has been relatively quiet, apart from Josh Brolin being cast as Cable and Leslie Uggams returning as Blind Al.
Something to consider is that in the comics, there is a real villain named “Black Tom Cassidy,” so it’s really not a stretch to suggest this could be the role, though the production crew may be using that name as a cover. Black Tom, in the comics, is a mutant with the power to bond with and project energy through plant life and create blasts with wooden objects.
The casting of Kesy is quite different from others for the film, because Kesy hasn’t quite had a breakthrough role in film, but this role might be just the one to do it. Kesy is most well known for playing as Gabriel Bolivar, or The Master in the horror drama series, The Strain. As opposed to casting Cable, which had other big name actors like Michael Shannon and Brad Pitt looking at and auditioning for the role before Brolin came in and won out in the end.
One perk of Kesy taking on the role is that he is a fairly new face in the industry for movies and as a result he might find himself having an easier time slipping into the role and working everything out for himself. He won’t have to worry about living up to the expectations of other actors who came before him in a similar role. This is made easier with the fact that he is starring in a war drama film called Horse Soldiers, set to be released in early 2018.
20th Century Fox has been responsible for the release of Deadpool and X-Men Apocalypse this year. Both movies have been extremely successful as far as the box office numbers go.
Deadpool was easily the more successful of the two movies that were released, but now the studio is working towards future movies in the franchise, the next one being the third movie in the Wolverine solo series. This movie will reportedly be Hugh Jackman’s last time playing the role of the titular character. Beyond that, there are several other projects being developed beyond the last Wolverine movie.
Currently, there are three different X-Men spinoffs in the works now, which are a Deadpool 2 film, a New Mutants film and Gambit, which actor Channing Tatum is still attached to. Interestingly enough, Simon Kinberg is set to begin working on the next main X-Men movie in the film series, and he even spoke on the schedule of what’s going to happen for future movies at the 2016 Saturn Awards.
Kinberg, who worked as the screenwriter and producer for X-Men: Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, praised director Josh Boone’s work on the script for New Mutants and added that he liked the script for Gambit and hoped that shooting for the movie would start early next year.
As far as the sequel to Deadpool, Kinberg suggested that would likely be shooting also early on in 2017 so it could be released that fall.