When it comes to creating blockbuster hits, no studio or director, actor or writer can tell you why a movie becomes a hit. If that was a secret that was well-known, then every release that was ever made would be a huge money maker. Marvel Cinematic Universe has a blueprint of how to make their movie work, but even they have yet to figure out why The avengers made an impression that Doctor Strange has yet to crack. So when the unexpected happened for Deadpool, everyone was surprised, to say the least. And with a sequel in the works, there is one mistake that the team is trying to avoid.
The writers of Deadpool 2, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick recently sat down for an interview with the website LRM where they discussed all things Deadpool. The writers told the site that they were trying to avoid the pitfalls of making a sequel and trying to make a movie as good as the first one:
“I think we definitely kept our sights on the sequels that have succeeded, because there have been sequels like Godfather Part 2 and The Road Warrior… Aliens. I would say Spider-Man 2, X-Men 2 I enjoyed more than the first…so there are definitely examples of sequels that either equal or surpass the first, and that’s what we’re trying to keep our eye on, because we don’t want to be accused of making a sequel that is not nearly as good as the first–there are plenty of examples of those. So it’s just about quality control and making sure you don’t settle and making sure you strike new ground but also tap into what was successful about the first one. It’s a fine line. I hope we can write it.”
Whether the sequel to Deadpool will be as much of a success as the first is something that cannot be predicted. After all, the first movie was also an accidental hit which even Fox did not really put much of their focus into. But like the hero himself, the misfit of a film did work and the expectations have become heavier than ever. Deadpool 2 will hopefully be as good with the additional cast and the new stories that only a hero like the Merc will experience.