By Chris Campo
Foreword by Jack Dignan: Hello, friends (and not so friendly readers). This is not my article, but since I am a narcissist I figured I should go ahead and hijack it, leaving you a little something before we begin. This article, written by Chris Campo, is the first in an on-going series I've come up with for the website, titled 'Where To Go Next.' Between the four writers on here, we will each be writing articles after the release of major franchise movies, predicting and discussing where the franchise should go next. It'll be good fun, hopefully for both you and us. So without anything else left to say, please enjoy Chris' excellent article.
This weekend, 20th Century Fox unleashed Deadpool across the globe. Not only do the hardcore fans love it, but it's getting exceptionally high scores from critics. It's everything you would want a Deadpool movie to be. Lucky for us, the film is also making a profit, people are seeing this movie, and they're demanding more. Where does the merc with a mouth go from here? As a hardcore fan of Deadpool fan myself, I have a few ideas.
Let me begin with my thoughts on the film. I went in expecting a good Deadpool movie and I got one. No, I got a perfect one. I thought not only the character, but the actual filmmaking was handled so flawlessly and with so much love, I was honestly blown away by how much I was consistently blown away by Deadpool. I was worried just how Deadpool they would make deadpool. Would he be the childish, charming mercenary we know and love or just Van Wilder in a mask, watered down for mass appeal? He was pitch perfect. Ryan Reynolds didn't give us a take on Deadpool, he gave us Deadpool. There are so many great little moments, like where he casually picks up a hub cap from a car and tosses it at Ajax because he's bored, or where he masturbates to a stuffed unicorn. Everything I love about him in the books and games was there.
There was, however, one thing missing: the voices inside his head. Deadpool has two voices in his head in the comics, one a more mature and civilized Wade Wilson, and the other an even more insane Wade Wilson. While it is a staple of his character in the books, it was a wise choice to not include it in the film, I think it would of played off poorly in the film. After seeing Deadpool, it's so pitch perfect already, I dont want them include his voices in any possible sequels. But there is a lot I do want in sequels.
So the ending credits stinger in Deadpool announces that Cable will in fact be in Deadpool 2. This can mean a lot of things. For one, Cable is an older, former soldier that usually serves as a more mature and gritty balance to Deadpool. Think of Cable as almost a father figure to Wade, who's just as annoying to Wade as Wade is to literally everyone else. He's a staple of the franchise and a fan favorite. Cable can allow the film to going to huge places, as Deadpool's toughest missions usually have Cable right by his side. His appearance could also potentially introduce Domino, a telpathic marks-woman.
With Cable and Domino, Deadpool could potentially lead into the X-Force, which is basically the X-Men's own version of Suicide Squad. Deadpool has already proved he works well with others, shown by the incredible inclusion of Colossus and Nega-sonic Teenage Warhead. With an R rating, which would be comic acurate, X-Force could be the twisted inbred cousin of the X-Men, with Cable being pretty much being the Xavier of the crew, and Deadpool takimg an almost Wolverine-like leadership. Also, with X-Force, we would probably see Deadpool's gorgeous grey suit. I will cover some of the more ridiculous Deadpool stories in a little bit, but X-Force seems to be where the franchise is going, as Ryan Reynolds expressed he feels it's a priority and because Jeff Wadlow, director/writer of Kick-Ass 2 has already been working on an X-Force script since late 2013.
The world-building of Deadpool is always fun to speculate, but what about the character? Where will he go? For one, me personally would love to see Deadpool's teleportation belt, built by Weasel. It's a belt, obviously, that allows Wade to teport short distances, usually to get the upper hand in a fight. Will we ever see his omnisexual side? Deadpool is an omnisexual, meaning if his brain decides he's gay for a night, he's gay for that night. Speaking of relationships, depending on if the one we have already seen lasts or not, will we see Deadpool fall in love with Death? Death and Deadpool are often shown in a relationship, as Deadpool can not die, and Death usually kills whomever she touches. Deadpool's rich history can mean one of the most diverse and interesting characters ever to be put in screen.
Now, let's talk X-Men, and I mean real, Byan Singer, X-Men. Will Deadpool fit? Yes and no. Deadpool has been an X-Men in the comics, and the world is built up perfectly in the first film, but what works in the comics doesn't always translate to the screen. Now, dont stop the X-Men cameos in Deadpool films, but leave him out of the main films. Put him in a post credit scene. See, X-Men is too comercial to make R-rated. You coul do what they do in a lot of the comics, bleeping out Wade and having him acknowledge the censor, but it would be out of tone in a core X-Men film.
We're dipping our toes into unrealistic territory starting right now, but oh well. The ending set piece of Deadpool takes place on a crashed S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier, confirmed by Reynolds himself, although the famous logo cannot be seen. Also, there's a Sam Jackson as Nick Fury reference. Kevin Feige, lead producer for Marvel Studios, was heavily rumored to be producing Deadpool uncredited, although Marvel unfortunately shut down that rumour, but again, it's fun to think about, especially as Deadpool, right now in the comics, is an Avenger. Seriously though, don't ever think we'll get Deadpool in a Marvel Studios film. It's not happening.
As Deadpool is basically a lunatic, there are may unrealistic options of Deadpool stories that Ryan Reynolds has said will probably never be touched. But, it's still fun to imagine them on screen. Like 'Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe' where Deadpool kills nearly every popular superhero, for a ridiculous reason that would be criminal for me to spoil. Or how about the dead-core, a family of Deadpool's containing Lady-Deadpool, Kid-Pool, Head-Pool (a severed head from a Wade Wilson from another timelime) and Dog-Pool (a literal dog with the powers of Deadpool). We will never see these, or Deadpool fighting zombies or aliens or even fighting himself in my personal favorite Deadpool story, 'Deadpool Kills Deadpool,' but it is a blast imaging these stories as a feature film.
So that's where I think Deadpool could go, should go, and probably never will go. Fox just struck gold with such a unique character, it would be a sin not to get the most out of him. I can't wait to see where the films take him, the possibilities are literally endless...
Deadpool is in cinemas now and Jack Dignan's review can be found here
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