Deadpool 2 was able to do what other new releases weren’t able to do the last three weeks, dethrone Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars as the number one movie at the North American box office.
The movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Zazie Beetz, opened with an estimated $125 million this past weekend.
Beetz, who plays the mercenary Domino, was able to hold her own alongside Reynolds’ Deadpool and give audiences a strong, Black female character that she says is reminiscent of Pam Grier’s Foxy Brown from the 1970’s Blaxploitation era of film.
“Domino [is] strong and she doesn’t really take Deadpool’s sh*t,” she told EBONY’s Shawn Edwards. [It’s] fun to play with, fun to not be manipulated by [Reynolds’] character, she can hold her own.”
Fans may see more of Beetz’s character in future films in the Deadpool franchise. There have been discussions of an X-Force film that would feature Domino and Deadpool, but the Atlanta star has been left in the dark.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next movie, I haven’t read a script,” Beetz said at the New York Premiere of Deadpool 2. “I heard a little maybe this, maybe that…about a year ago. I think it has a lot to do with what audiences end up liking.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.