Deadpool made an unforgettable and un-ignorable impact on Hollywood. With Ryan Reynolds in the lead role, the movie dominated the box office and became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. Naturally, Fox commissioned a sequel.

After a two-year wait, the highly-anticipated Deadpool 2 is almost upon us. With the May 18 release date creeping closer, we still don’t know too much about the superhero sequel. So why not learn a little more – no spoilers of course! Here’s everything you need to know about Deadpool 2 before buying your ticket.

The Plot

Deadpool 2 will focus on the arrival of time-traveling villain Cable. This guy is in search of a mysterious child, who he will attempt to kill. While we don’t know why this is Cable’s mission, we do know that he will face opposition from our favorite foul-mouthed antihero, Wade Wilson. Although Deadpool initially seems reluctant to get involved, his desire to do the right thing (along with some helpful advice from Vanessa) will change his mind. He won’t, however, be going up against this imposing bad guy alone. He will form his own team of mutants, called the X-Force.

The Villain

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After overcoming Ajax in the previous film, Deadpool now sets his sights on Cable. Portrayed by Josh Brolin, Cable is a time-traveling soldier. He first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1986 as Nathan Summers — the son of Cyclops of the X-Men, and Madeline Pryor. Four years later, Summers reappeared as a metallic super-soldier known as Cable.

One of Marvel’s most imposing characters, Cable is known for cybernetic enhancements which increase his strength. With unmatched power and excellent hand-to-hand combat skills, he has defeated the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. The characters legendary comic book history makes him a worthy antagonist for Deadpool 2. But has he met his match in Wade Wilson?

The Kid

As mentioned above, a young mutant is at the heart of the story in Deadpool 2. Julian Dennision has the honor of playing Cable’s primary target. Although his name was initially kept under wraps, a recent TV spot confirmed the character name as Russell. Other than that, we still don’t know an awful lot about him.

Theories have emerged speculating that he is Kid Apocalypse. Given his name, however, the more likely theory suggests that he is actually comic book character Russell Collins, aka Firefist. Whatever his powers and personality might be, given Dennison’s previous comedy work in Hunt For the Wilderpeople, there’s a good chance he will make us laugh in Deadpool 2. (Not to mention that making audiences laugh is basically a requirement for any character in this movie.)

The New Director

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One person who played a major role in Deadpool‘s ultimate success was director Tim Miller. Fans had been hoping to see Deadpool headline his own movie for quite some time, and Miller (along with Ryan Reynolds) played an integral part in making that dream a reality. While the film looked like an expensive blockbuster, Miller managed to make it for a respectable $58 million, thanks to his expertise in visual effects. Unfortunately, he won’t be making that magic happen again with Deadpool 2. Miller left the sequel and boarded Terminator 6 instead.

However, Fox found an able replacement in David Leitch. A tenured director, actor and stuntman, Leitch is no stranger to action flicks. He co-directed John Wick before going it alone to direct Atomic Blonde. He has worked as second-unit director on countless other movies, including Jurassic World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain America: Civil War. With years of experience behind him, and a penchant for action movies, Leitch’s hands are a safe place for Deadpool 2 to be.

What’s Next?

While Deadpool 2 has yet to hit theaters, Deadpool 3 is already in development. Furthermore, in an interview with CinemaBlend, writer Rhett Reese revealed that we may also see a separate spinoff movie, focusing on the X-Force. So, it’s good to know that the characters in Deadpool 2 could be sticking around on the big screen for quite some time.

Deadpool 2 hits theaters on May 18, 2018.