Deadpool 2 is hitting theaters May 16, and while it’s a highly anticipated sequel to a very successful film, there’s no doubt that it’s definitely different from its predecessor. The first Deadpool was a bit of a miracle—an R-rated superhero film on a small budget. It’s popularity definitely brought new life into an already overpopulated genre, leading to a sequel with more star power and a higher budget. All this is certainly isn’t a bad thing. After all, who doesn’t want to see this cast of new characters kick ass on the big screen. But still, there’s a chance that some of the small-scale charm may be lost, a fact that Deadpool himself seems to acknowledge.
“I don’t know that there would be a Deadpool 3. I really don’t. I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him,” said actor Ryan Reynolds in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “I just think if you’re going to do another Deadpool solo film, you’ve got to really, like, get that budget down to nothing and just swing for the fences, and break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do.”
As Deadpool connects more and more with not only existing franchises, but the superhero genre as a whole, it’s possible that Reynolds may not get his wish when it comes to Deadpool’s future, though it can’t be denied that the small budget and unique style of the first film is what helped it gain so much acclaim in the first place.
“Why do they all have to be big comic book movies? It could be anything. Deadpool could be a Sundance film,” Reynolds went on to say. We’ll just have to wait and see what awaits the character in the aftermath of Deadpool 2.