‘Deadpool 2’ Sets Summer 2018 Release Date

20th Century Fox moves its subversive hero to blockbuster season

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20th Century Fox has moved its prized Marvel franchise “Deadpool” into the summer spotlight.

On Saturday, the studio officially set the film for a June 1, 2018 release. The Ryan Reynolds series has become top priority — and a top earner — as Stacey Snider’s era as studio head begins.

The first “Deadpool” made over $780 million worldwide, and put Reynolds back on the map as a formidable comedic and action star.

Last week, it was announced that Josh Brolin would play the coveted role of Cable, which came with a four-picture deal. The role had been hotly sought after following the original’s  explosive success.  Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) also joins the sequel in the coveted role of Domino.

“John Wick” co-director David Leitch will direct “Deadpool 2,” which is due to begin filming this summer.

Most of the cast of the first “Deadpool” is expected to return, with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirming Colossus (Stefan Kapcic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) would reappear. Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and “Blind” Al (Leslie Uggams) are expected to return as well.