Warning: Contains spoilers for Deadpool 2
And Deadpool 2 begins laying the foundations for the more "forward-thinking, gender-neutral" version of the X-Men. Here's how David Leitch's movie might be preparing us for the next.
New team members
The movie introduces us to two characters with a longstanding connection to the comic book X-Force. Cable (Josh Brolin) was the original leader of the team, and Domino (Zazie Beetz) is another founding member.
Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) – another sometime X-Force member – looks like he might be defecting from the X-Men, perhaps with Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and her girlfriend Yukio (Shioli Kutsana) along for the ride. And don't forget Julian Dennison's Russell.
That's quite a large team to be getting on with already.
Of course, X-Force didn't get off to a very good start, with most of the original team – Shatterstar, Bedlam, Zeitgeist, Vanisher and Peter being wiped out at the start of their first mission.
This could a) have a big impact on X-Force the movie or b) be completely ignored by Ryan Reynolds and his irreverent alter-ego.
The movie concludes with Negasonic Teenage Warhead fixing Cable's time machine, allowing Deadpool to get up to all sorts of mischief across time. Some are just jokes, but the saving of Vanessa and Peter could have a more important effect on X-Force.
Is the time-travel canon? If so, Cable might not be as trapped in the past as he thought. Not to mention all the cross-time capers X-Force could get involved in. The possibilities are practically endless.
Deadpool 2 continues to seed the possibility of classic X-Men villain Mister Sinister making his big-screen debut (this time with the inclusion of the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation).
We don't know exactly when the mad geneticist might make his debut in Fox's X-Men universe, but it's worth remembering that he has always been closely connected to Cable's origin…
By the end of the film, the timeline has been altered and Cable's wife and daughter are no longer murdered by Russell in the future. And we know that Cable's daughter is called Hope – a reference to Hope Summers, known as the 'Mutant Messiah' in the comics.
Nor is it a subtle Easter egg – Cable almost makes a point of revealing her name. If he's getting back to his time-travelling ways, that would be the perfect opportunity for an older version of Hope to enter the X-Force story.
Deadpool 2 is out now in the UK and will be released on May 18 in the US. Book tickets here.
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