Deadpool franchise brought alive in 2016 as Ryan Reynolds decided to give a serious shot at playing the iconic character after failing spectacularly in X-Men: Origins, but this time he struck a chord with the audience. He totally nailed each and every scene that turned him into a megastar.
The movie did really well at the Box office and grossed over $800 million globally while the cost of production was just $60 million. It became the highest R-Rated movie ever and most profitable X-Men film. This kind of success paved the way for a sequel but it couldn’t top the standards set by the original.
Deadpool 2’ box office collections zoomed past $700 million globally, and it became the third highest R-rated movie ever. The first movie was directed by Tim Miller but he left the sequel midway due to creative differences with the studio. David Leitsch was brought in as his replacement. Here’s what he said about his approach to Deadpool 2:
“The success of the first film has given us license to explore opening up the world and actually being more provocative. That’s what people are going to expect. They did such an incredible job with the first film — I’m such a huge fan, that it’s exciting to get to play in that sandbox. The fun thing about Deadpool is, there are no rules. Look at the comic book series. There aren’t any rules. We break them! That’s what is fun”.
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BLAQUESMITH! …character design for the tim miller version of deadpool 2 (4/5). a villain who can master every weapon and transform anything into a weapon – the idea was to make him a modern ninja using (after his escape from prison) baton and handcuffs as ninjatō and kusarigama and making the convict clothes kinda look like samurai trousers (picture 1). …mmmmh listening to myself i get the impression that i realy don't have a grown up job. #Blaquesmith #AlexanderLozano #Marvel
But had Tim stayed the course, the sequel would have been entirely different. He collaborated with artist Alexander Lozano who made some designs for him which were never used in the movie. Well, they are of X-Men character ‘Blaquesmith’ who would have surely featured along with Cable.
In comics, he has been a strong ally of Cable many times to create and maintain high-end mercenary weapons. He helped Cable and Askani clan (led by Rachel Summers) when supervillain Apocalypse waged a war in the future, only to become an ally in present day. Sometimes, he stood against Cable as he was once after the life of his father Cyclops.
The entire movie’s ‘time-travel’ plot could have gone in a new direction as Blaquesmith would have replaced Juggernaut and Cable may have gone after Blaquesmith instead of young Firefist. Lozano’s designs are impeccable and give a sort of ‘Splinter cell’ vibe to the whole thing.
Further, there is a tendency among fans to latch onto any reference that proves Deadpool franchise is part of the larger X-Men universe. It maybe true but it’s certainly not inter-connected with other X-Men movies. Deadpool 2 had Merc with a Mouth went to Hatley Castle aka X-Mansion where young mutants are trained to harness their powers and use them effectively when the time comes.
Deadpool 2 Blu ray’s details have begun to come out. In one of the deleted scenes titled “The Deadpool Prison Experiment”, a mutant villain ‘Omega Red’ is been teased as one of the mutant prisoners along with Black Tom Cassidy and Juggernaut. The fan speculation is “Chess with Omega Red” scene will be restored in the super duper cut.
In comic-book title ‘X-Men Gold’, Wolverine was compelled to kill a mutant serial killer ‘Omega Red’ but he was brought alive using magic. He will now appear in Weapon-X and befriended another killer ‘Sabretooth’. He won’t be as evil as he used to be.
Deadpool 2 has a pretty solid and talented cast including Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Josh Brolin as Cable, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell.
The official movie synopsis reads:
“Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable — a genetically enhanced soldier from the future — Deadpool realizes that he’ll need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry”