We learned yesterday that Fox has given the greenlight to a sequel for Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds has been teasing aspects of the future of his merc-with-a-mouth, revealing X-Force being a “priority“.
Another tidbit concerns the future of Wade Wilson’s love interests, and if that only will be women. When asked if we could end up seeing Deadpool end up having a boyfriend, actor-producer Ryan Reynolds had a progressive answer for Variety. It remains to be seen if Fox would go for it, but the comics do have precedent to include gay characters into the X-Men fold.
Reynolds added that he thought it would be “nice” for Deadpool to have a boyfriend at some point. “I certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that,” Reynolds said. “That would be great.”
There are clues in “Deadpool” that its hero is just as interested in men as he is in women, but they are often handled with a wink rather than occupying a major plot line. Early in the movie, Deadpool suggests a mock fling with Wolverine and seems open to sexual experimentation during a sex montage (although the only partner in the scene is his girlfriend).
We’ve seen plenty of X-Men characters having different sexual orientations, and this has yet to be explored in the films. Characters like X-Force/New Mutants member Shatterstar being one of the more popular gay mutants, along with the recent reveal that Iceman is also a gay character. It’s unlikely they’ll make Iceman gay, mainly because of that heavy-handed love triangle they had between him, Rogue, and Kitty.
I’ve been championing the inclusion of Shatterstar, but we’ll have to wait and see if Fox will have the balls to include the first gay Marvel character on screens. Being progressive means including everyone, not just women and minorities.