To the surprise of absolutely no one, the sequel to Deadpool has now been officially confirmed.
Fox co-chairman Stacy Snider made the announcement at CinemaCon, in what was essentially a formality given the success of the first film, which was released back in February.
Snider also confirmed that all of the original creative team would be coming back for the second instalment, including star Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The end of the movie set things up for a sequel, with a post-credits sting (which riffed on Ferris Bueller's Day Off) all but confirming that the Merc With a Mouth would be back, and that he'll be bringing Cable along with him. With the film grossing over $750m at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing R-Rated movie of all time in the process, it was basically a foregone conclusion that the sequel would happen, which is pretty incredible for a movie that struggled for so long to be made in the first place.
Just before the sequel was even officially announced, Reese and Wernick spoke to Hitflix about the possibility, with the former saying: "...So much of the fun of writing Deadpool is the freedom...to break rules...to do crazy things, and I think the sequel probably provides even more opportunity than the first movie to do that."
Wernick, meanwhile, said that they didn't want to do a big-budget movie, and that the prospect of Cable is exciting as he offers the "opportunity to provide another really cool, different foil for Deadpool."
One thing that probably won't happen is a Spider-Man crossover, which the creative team recently said they'd like to see, but the fact that we're at the stage of getting a second Deadpool movie is itself pretty remarkable.
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