Deadpool 2: everything you need to know

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Even as recently as 2015, the idea that Deadpool 2 would be one of the most hotly-anticipated in the mighty raft of upcoming superhero movies was unlikely to say the least.

But here we are. After the phenomenal success of the Ryan Reynolds-starring Fox film, which became the most successful instalment in the X-Men franchise on a modest $58 million budget, the world is ready for more R-rated, hyperactive action comedy, Marvel-style.

Here's your one-stop shop for all the Deadpool sequel's news, castings, spoilers, rumours and more.

Deadpool 2 release date: Fast tracked

Especially considering that the first film was in the works for over a decade, its follow-up is moving very quickly, which we're hoping won't effect the movie's quality. With writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick coming back (with some help from Cloverfield, Daredevil and The Martian's Drew Goddard), we should be in good hands.

And we've already had a teaser squeezed in ahead of Fox's newest X-Men spin-off, Logan.

Not all the core creative team will make it back for round two. Although director Tim Miller was unofficially on board when the Deadpool sequel was announced, he has departed after differing with Reynolds on the direction of the film. This may or may not have had something to do with the tone and the casting of Cable (more on him later), and may or may not have been 'amicable' depending on who you ask.

John Wick co-director David Leitch has stepped up to work on Deadpool 2 instead.

Related: Deadpool could set the tone for all future X-Men films

The film began shooting in June 2017. Fox's X-Men franchise leader Simon Kinberg said that Deadpool 2 should be out next year. It's release was initially set for June 1, 2018, but was moved up to May 18, 2018, coinciding with a (long, long) delay for fellow X-Men spin-off The New Mutants.

It's now got a working title too – 'Love Machine' which is presumably a reference to semi-mecha Cable.

And beyond Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson will be showing up in the team movie, X-Force.

Deadpool 2 cast: New mutants for old

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We're still in the early days of Deadpool 2 announcements. Ryan Reynolds is confirmed to be returning as Deadpool/Wade Wilson – the first movie was very much his baby, and it's inconceivable that Fox would move ahead without him.

Morena Baccarin has teased her possible return as Wade's partner Vanessa Carlysle, and TJ Miller has said that he 'believes' that he'll be back as sidekick Weasel, but wasn't ready to give us official confirmation.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni) are all in line to return, as is Deadpool's flatmate Blind Al (Leslie Uggams). Hildebrand teased that her character has "grown and matured" but still has the "essence of a punk kid".

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Deadpool's after-credits scene revealed that the filmmakers fully intended to introduce Cable into the sequel, jokingly throwing around names like Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren and Keira Knightley ("she's got range – who knows?"). We were totally on board with that last rumour in particular.

Subsequently, Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Carol) was linked with the role of the time-travelling mutant commando, and Pierce Brosnan was rumoured too, along with Stranger Things' David Harbour (aka Chief Jim Hopper) and Michael Shannon. Brad Pitt seriously considered the role, but his schedule wouldn't allow it, and it was even on Russell Crowe's radar.

All that's just context now, though, because we have confirmation: Avengers: Infinity War star Josh Brolin has landed the coveted role of Cable.

He got totally jacked for the part, and don't worry, Marvel is totally cool with it.

Now shooting has commenced we've seen a glimpse of him in his skin tight grey costume too. He was "beat to shit" filming the movie, which sounds distinctly painful.

Domino – another mercenary mutant type with a long association with both Deadpool and Cable – will also make her on-screen debut in the movie. Rumoured stars for that role have included everyone from The Martian's Mackenzie Davis and Scandal star Kerry Washington to Janelle Monáe – but Atlanta and Easy star Zazie Beetz was eventually announced for the part.

The Strain's Jack Kesy has joined as the movie's villain – rumoured to be the mutant Black Tom Cassidy, cousin of the X-Men member Banshee.

British actor Eddie Marsan has signed on for an unknown part, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison also seems to be on board.