Deadpool 2 has found its first villain.
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Black Tom Cassidy was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum and first appear Uncanny X-Men #101 in 1976. In the Marvel Comics universe, Black Tom Cassidy is a mutant who can manipulate and project energy through plant life, usually using a shillelagh as a weapon of choice.
Black Tom is the cousin of Sean Cassidy, the X-Man Banshee who was played by Caleb Landry Jones in X-Men: First Class. Tom raised Banshee's daughter Theresa, who grew up to become the mutant X-Force member Siryn and later fell romantically for Deadpool.
Black Tom has also been a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants but is best known for teaming up with Juggernaut, who was played by Vinnie Jones in X-Men: The Last Stand. Tom and Juggernaut most recently reteamed in the debut issue of X-Men Blue earlier this year.
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David Leitch (John Wick) will direct the sequel, taking over for original Deadpool director Tim Miller. Fox is reportedly aiming for a June start of production in Vancouver.
Ryan Reynolds will return as Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth. For the sequel, he'll be joined by Josh Brolin as Cable. Cable was co-created by Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson. He has often been paired with Deadpool as his grim, serious demeanor serves as the perfect foil to Deadpool's crude and zany humor. The duo headlined an ongoing comic book series, Cable & Deadpool, for 50 issues.
Atlanta star Zazie Beetz has also been cast in Deadpool 2. She will play Domino, a mutant with probability manipulation abilities that endows her with improbably good luck. In the Marvel Comics Universe, Domino was a member of Cable's mercenary crew, Six Pack, and one of his early love interests.
Deadpool 2 opens in theaters on June 1, 2018.