While it’s tempting to pile on Fox for not acting on Deadpool sooner, keep in mind that conventional wisdom is considered wise for a reason. R-rated films cut out a percentage of the potential audience, a loud fanbase doesn’t necessarily mean mainstream moviegoers will share in the love, and Ryan Reynolds has had a string of flops. Fox had reasons to be skittish, but thankfully the passion of Reynolds, director Tim Miller, producer Simon Kinberg, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick kept the flame alive, and now they’ve ended up with a record-breaking hit that got a sequel greenlit before the film even opened.
So now that we’ve seen the strengths and weaknesses of Deadpool, what do we want from that sequel? Where does the Merc with a Mouth go from here? Here are five suggestions. [Minor spoilers ahead for Deadpool]