Deadpool 2 writers on adding more mutants and laying the X-Force foundation

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May 3, 2017, 3:36 PM EDT (Updated)

Here's a crazy thing I never thought I'd say: The Deadpool sequel is in a position to be the linchpin of the future X-Men movie universe. Thanks to an incredible box office performance and tons of entertainment value, the Merc with a Mouth is in an enviable position as the gateway to more mutant movie glory.

It's great news for the studio ... but a challenge for writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Reese and Wernick now have to work to craft a sequel that gives fans everything we want from the star of the show while also making room for more characters and future team-ups like the long-awaited X-Force. It's a tough line to walk, and though they certainly feel a "responsibility" to the new characters -- incuding Cable and his incredibly complex backstory -- they want to make sure Deadpool is the star of the show.

"Its purpose isn't to set up X-Force," Wernick said during a wide-ranging new interview with Collider. "It will likely set up X-Force, but the drive of the entire story won't be our eyes on Movie Three."

The first film's success also means the filmmakers have more opportunities in terms of the mutants Fox will let them roll out ... which may sound like a kid-in-a-candy-store situation but actually presents another big obstacle. Sure, you could pack Deadpool 2 with a boatload of new and familiar mutants, but do you really need to? And, if you do pack the film with mutants, which ones get the call?

Again, it's a matter of remembering what made the first film work and staying true to the star.

"Is it too freeing? 'Cause you kinda don't want a Ferrari in Deadpool unless it's for a real purpose, in the sense that Deadpool is a gritty, grimy, smaller thing with characters you aren't as familiar with," Reese said. "It's a little bit like lovable losers; it's not the A-list of superheroes, necessarily. That said, the occasional cameo or appearance by an A-list type person could be really funny and/or dramatic. So we have an eye open for those things but we just don't want to put people in it because we can now, if that makes sense."

Deadpool 2 is expected to arrive in 2018, with the lead character still very much in charge. For more from Reese and Wernick head over to Collider.