Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters and will be introducing more than a few superpowered individuals to 20th Century Fox's Marvel Universe. First and foremost is Josh Brolin's time-traveling Cable, but there's also the entire X-Force: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) and Peter (Rob Delaney). Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) assembles this crew of mutants for one purpose: to protect the young mutant known as Firefist (Julian Dennison). Turns out, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick picked which heroes would appear based on how much comedic mileage they could get out of bouncing them off Deadpool's zany personality.
"We chose Firefist based on his name," Wernick told SYFY WIRE at the Deadpool 2 red carpet. "We loved the name, we thought, 'How much fun would Deadpool have with a kid whose name is Firefist?' " They took the same approach to Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the first movie. "We don't care what her powers are, it's gonna be funny."
"We generally choose a character based on their personality or power and how it fits into the comedy we're trying to perform," added Reese, who also said that you need a lot of serious characters to counteract the wildness of Wade Wilson.
“You absolutely need straight men to play off Deadpool, people who he can irritate and antagonize and make their lives miserable," he said. "Adding Cable helped, adding Domino helped, and then also characters who have a little bit [of] different relationships to him like Peter, who is kinda in awe of him and thinks he’s cool, and Dopinder who wants to be him. Everybody’s got their own little take on Deadpool and I think seeing them all bounce off each other is probably the most fun thing.”
“It’s a dysfunctional family. Deadpool’s looking for a family, and he finds this group of really f***** up, dysfunctional folks who all have similar backgrounds to him who come together and make each other whole," added Wernick.