Deadpool is a huge franchise courtesy Ryan Reynolds for giving another shot to the iconic comic-book character in 2016. The original ‘Deadpool’ movie shattered box-office records with over $800 million globally while the cost of production of merely $60 million. It became the highest grossing R-rated film and most profitable X-Men movie ever.
Tim Miller was the man who conceptualized and directed Deadpool but he left the ship due to create disagreements and David Leisch was brought in as his replacement to direct the sequel. Here’s what he said:
“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”.
Deadpool 2 is also a runaway hit but it couldn’t top the first movie. It has collected over $700 million at the box-office worldwide and became the third highest grossing R-rated movie. The digital edition of the movie is now available wherein Ryan Reynolds dropped an easter-egg which might have escaped our attention.
The audio commentary goes like:
Ryan – “I wonder if people ever catch this little Easter egg.”
Paul Wernick (the co-writer) – “This was Ryan’s little gem here.”
Ryan Reynolds elaborated: “The cure for blindness, from the first movie. Cocaine, right next to the cure for blindness. I wonder if eagle-eyed people will catch it.”
In Deadpool, Wade told Blind-Al that he has a hidden stash of cocaine next to cure for blindness. In Deadpool 2, when he went to collect his stash, it was actually next to the box labeled “The Cure For Blindness”.
Apart from this, there are a plenty of X-Men references in the movie, making it clear that Deadpool franchise does exist in the larger X-Men cinematic universe. For instance, Wade Wilson can be seen going to X-Mansion, a place where X-Men mutants are trained and learn to use their powers.
Deadpool 2 boasts of the top-notch cast of actors including Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, 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”.