Deadpool‘s opening weekend is estimated to be the best domestic opening ever for a Fox movie (also best domestic opening for a R-rated film), and the studio smartly has greenlit a sequel, with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to pen the script. Here are a a couple of characters and villains, we’d like to see show up in the sequel.
The time-travelling mutant hero Nathan Summers aka Cable has been all but confirmed for the sequel, but it’s really unknown which version they’ll use. He also took a villain role as the mutant super-villain Stryfe, and his son Genesis aka Mister Tolliver was an arms dealer, along with being a super-villain as well. Some are throwing around the idea that the sequel could end-up taking the title Cable and Deadpool, an homage to the string of comics which had the two paired-up.
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Avatar actor Stephen Lang has been a fan-favorite for the role over the years, and recently reassured fans he was game if Fox was. Lang was revealed a while back to be returning for the Avatar sequels, so it’s possible the studio could consider him. The only problem I have with the casting would be that the studio is looking at Cable as a Wolverine kind of crossover and leading hero, and Lang doesn’t seem like that type of actor, but who knows?
Where this is Cable there is usually Neena Thurman aka Domino, a key character aligned with a majority of the X-Men and would likely be a strong female lead. She’s fought Deadpool, and has been closely connected to the X-Force comics since the beginning.
Sick Pack formerly Wild Pack, was a mercenary group headed-up by Cable, which included Domino and Garrison Kane, who was once going to be one of the villains in the film. The team could be an excellent precursor for the formation of X-Force, and could give the writers a one-and-done mutant team that Deadpool could go head-to-head with in the sequel.
I do think that the creatives will have to make defined lineups for both X-Force and Josh Boone’s New Mutants, as same of the members sort of blur into the other. Making the two teams a bit more concrete, rather than seeing multiple characters switching between the two. There could easily be hints to New Mutants, and give us introductions to other X-Force characters. Having Sick Pack as the stand-in mutant team in the film could help separate these two spin-off teams even more.
Christopher Nord aka Maverick has more ties to Wolverine via the Weapon X Program, Team X, and Omega Red, but I’m unsure he’ll make the cut in Wolverine 3, so having the mercenary apart of Deadpool‘s world wouldn’t be terribly strange. Luckily, X-Men and Deadpool comics have plenty of female roles (Wolfsbane, Siryn, Domino, X-23, Psylocke) that could be included, but it would be nice to add some more adult male mutants into the mix as well.
Theodore Winchester aka Grizzly, a large beastly Australian mutant who was apart of Cable’s X-Force and his short-lived mercenary team Six Pack, not unlike Domino. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a handful of Six Pack characters thrown into the sequel as a precursor to the X-Force movie.
G.W. Bridge is another member of Cable’s mercenary team Six Pack, who would eventually take a key role at S.H.I.E.L.D, he would make an excellent government agent or fellow mercenary.
The Morlocks, an underground group of odd-powered/looking mutants are starting to get their due with supporting roles in the X-Men films. In Deadpool we saw Angel Dust as the secondary villain, and in X-Men: Apocalypse we’ll see the debut of Caliban. The group’s leader Callisto showed-up in The Last Stand, but ultimately was an awful version of the character. There is some hope that the Morlocks will find their way into more movies with more of the criminal and underworld side of the X-Men universe being explored, or even earn their own spin-off. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if we see a couple of them in Doug Liman’s Gambit, since that film will be centred around mutant criminals.
Garrison Kane, an enhanced mutant was apart of Cable’s Six Pack, only to develop his own team Weapon PRIME, based in Canada after Department H and Alpha Flight was suspended. The group included Grizzly, Rictor from New Mutants/X-Force, and an affiliation with G.W. Bridge, they once attempted to hunt down Cable for his perceived crimes. Kane had been originally apart of the original leaked Deadpool script as an antagonist, but he was removed to trim down the film’s budget.
Sluggo, a cohort of Wade was also apart of the original draft as a baddie, but was excluded from the final script.
Gideon is an ancient mutant and a super-villain tied to both to the New Mutants and X-Force comics.
Cain Marko aka The Juggernaut, mostly known as a main X-Men villain is best known as the muscle of Irish mutant villain Black Tom Cassidy, and mostly knocks over banks. I don’t think he makes a lot of sense for getting a reboot in a post-Apocalypse main saga, even though Bryan Singer almost put him in Days of Future Past. He has clashed with X-Force in the past, so having him rebooted like Colossus wouldn’t a bad idea, after the horrible incarnation in The Last Stand. It could also be funny to give him freedom to be another foul-mouthed character.
I’m sure the writers know what they’re doing, but it doesn’t hurt to give a couple of nudges in certain directions.
What and who would you like to see in a Deadpool sequel?