Despite it’s gargantuan box office returns ($783 million against a $58 million budget), Deadpool was a mid-level, twisted superhero romance film. While the expectation for the sequel (set to be helmed by John Wick co-director David Leitch) was bigger and louder from the get go, it was said that the goal wasn’t to just dole out a “stylized sequel” with “three times the budget.” But with the inclusion of new characters Cable and Domino as well as the return of characters Vanessa, Blind Al, Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Dopinder, the film is already turning out to be quite the ensemble piece.
It’s no secret that Fox is looking to launch an R-rated X-Men spinoff cinematic universe centered around Deadpool, Cable and X-Force. The studio has all but confirmed that Deadpool 2 would feature teasers leading to future films, but according to Comic Book, they’re planning on a little more than that. They’re reporting that the post-credits scene will actually introduce the remaining members of X-Force as a direct lead into the team-up film, and they’ve been confirmed as being Feral, Sunspot and Shatterstar, all created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld.
Read more about each character below:
Maria Callasantos, aka Feral, was a feline mutant who joined the first iteration of Cable’s paramilitary X-Force group in return for protection from the Morlock, Masque. Feral was a dark and troubled soul who had murdered her drugs addicted mother and stepfather (the latter of whom molested her and her sister, the mutant Thornn) and possibly a younger brother and sister as well. She ended up betraying X-Force and joining the Mutant Liberation Front, after which she learned she was infected with the Legacy Virus. She was later cured, but her and Thornn were turned into baseline humans on M-Day, losing their powers. They were later seemingly repowered by 2,000 year old geneticist Romulus and Weapon X to help Wolverine hunt Sabretooth, but Feral was brutally murdered by the animalistic mutant, revealing that Romulus had only restored their mutant appearances, not their abilities.
Roberto Bobby da Costa, aka Sunspot, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro the son of a wealthy Afro-Brazilian businessman and a White Brazilian archaeologist and a potential Olympic soccer player. During a game, racist members of the opposing team assaulted Bobby, causing him to retaliate. During the insuing fight, his mutant powers to manifest, displaying the ability to absorb solar energy and convert it to augment his physical strength, signified by his superhuman, non-reflective black “powered up” form. Later, experimentation by the supervillain Gideon (an old associate of his father) caused Bobby’s powers to evolve to the point where he could now fire concussive blasts of solar energy, with a considerable heat and light projection component, which he also uses to propel himself as a form of flight. He addituonally developed an immunity to all types of heat and fire and could also now absorb other forms of energy, such as heat or light. He has served on the New Mutants, X-Force, X-Men, X-Corporation, the Avengers, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Hellfire Club (inheriting his father’s seat following his death) and has used his vast fortune to initiate a hostile takeover of Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) and rebranded it Avengers Idea Mechanics. He later struck a deal to merge AIM with the U.S. government as the American Intelligence Mechanics and was made leader of the U.S.Avengers under the alias Citizen V. The character previously appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past where he was portrayed by Mexican actor Adan Canto (Designated Survivor, The Following).
Gaveedra-Seven, aka Shatterstar, originally hails from a century in the future, where he was seemingly genetically engineered as a slave in the Mojoworld, an alternate dimension where the citizens are addicted to gladiator-esque kill or be killed entertainment programs. His mutant abilities consist of an overall superhuman level of physical and mental attributes (senses, strength, speed, reflexes, agility, flexibility, stamina, and intelligence), as a result of his extra-dimensional genetic engineered origins, as well as the ability to generate powerful vibratory shock waves that he channels through his blade weaponry. He can also manifest portals used for teleportation. Seeking freedom, he escaped the arena and joined a resistance to overthrow the dimension’s ruler, the alien slaver Mojo, eventually being sent back in time to Earth to enlist the X-Men’s help in defeating a younger Mojo. It is hinted, and later confirmed, that he is the future son of X-Men Dazzler and Longshot, the latter of which was also an artificially created slave from Mojoworld. It was eventually revealed that when Shatterstar originally traveled back to the present day, his DNA was used to engineer Longshot, effectively making him his own grandfather of sorts. Rob Liefeld originally conceived the character as asexual, but Peter David subsequently wrote him as bisexual and polyamorus, later entering in a relationship with fellow X-Force member Rictor, who was a supporting character in Logan, portrayed by Jason Genao (The Get Down). With that film taking place in a possible alternate future, it’s unlikely he will show up as Shatterstar’s lover, but it would be smart of the studio to have an alternative lest they recieve blowback from the LGBT community.
Deadpool 2 is set to begin principal photography next month and scheduled to premiere June 1, 2018, so expect casting for these roles to begin relatively soon, if it hasn’t already. Check back here for more news on who we can expect to see in the roles as we get closer to filming.