One of the major questions going into Deadpool 2 is: how do you go big while staying small? The tremendous success of the first film was undoubtedly the filmmaker's ability to do more with less. Deadpool had a tight $60 million budget, which is increasing in the sequel, and a small cast of B-list and C-level X-Men characters, which is also expanding. Sequel sprawl is a real thing in superhero films; unrealistic expectations and universe building can be a anchor on any production -- just ask Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) or Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Another key decision that will incur extended scrutiny: who is the villain? Let's be honest, does anyone remember much about Ajax (Ed Skrein)? As super-villains go, he's right up there with other forgettable Marvel baddies Ronan and Malekith. However, the soul of the first film was Deadpool's (Ryan Reynolds) relationship with Vanessa (Monica Baccarin) and his extended family of mutants, mercs, and knuckleheads. Does this place more or less pressure on the writers to define a compelling villain? As has been widely reported, Deadpool 2 is adding fan-favorites Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin), which probably ups the villain stakes that much more.
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Variety reports that Jack Kesy (The Strain, Baywatch) has been signed in an unspecified villainous role. Given Kesy's short Hollywood career, it's hard to get a read on who he might play in the sequel. Online speculation is already raging, including lesser-known villains like Taskmaster, Black Tom, Tombstone, and T-Ray. They're all are viable choices, if the goal is to maintain a small, personal superhero film. However, the inclusion of Cable suggests a broader story scope and also (possibly) a common foe: Mister Sinister.
Who, you ask?
X-Men fans certainly know that Mister Sinister is a time-traveling, immortal scientist from the 19th century who created Cable from a clone of Jean Grey sometime in the future. Sinister has appeared at various times in a variety of Marvel comic-books, and his backstory is rather convoluted (typical of time-travel tales). However, there's at least one established conflict between Sinister, Deadpool, and Cable in Cable & Deadpool #16 (2004), which involves all three characters.
Obviously, our speculation is no more informed than anyone else's at this point. The bigger budget and the added sci-fi element of Cable suggests a broader, louder, ruder Deadpool 2, which might be awesome or might be too much. At the very least, I think we can all agree that having no idea what to expect in a superhero sequel is possibly the best news of all.
Who do you think Jack Kesy will be playing in the upcoming Deadpool 2? Let us know in the comments down below!
Deadpool 2 hits theaters on June 1, 2018.
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