Today is a very good one for Deadpool fans. Because after a year of waiting and anticipating the sequel, Deadpool 2 released a hilarious first teaser for the highly anticipated sequel. The teaser, which will obviously not actually be part of Deadpool 2's runtime, saw the Merc with a Mouth attempting (in vain) to save an old man from being mugged. And while this brought plenty of hilarity and self-aware jokes, the teaser ended on a mysterious note. A lengthy bit of text scrolled on the screen describing the short novel The Old Man and the Sea.
Well, that was a doozy. Let's break down what exactly is happening here, if we can.
The story is an abridged and twisted version of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. It is all about some old fisherman named Santiago. Santiago and his apprentice seek to find some big ass fish and hilarity ensues. During the lengthy story, Ryan Reynolds and company insert plenty of pop culture references (obviously), including Will Smith, Marilyn Monroe, and Red Lobster.
Overall, it's not clear exactly why this text was included at the end of the teaser. The allegory comes out of left field, but there are a few possibilities.
Part of me wants to believe that the text is somehow related to Tim Miller's departure from Deadpool 2. After directing the first installment, it was a major shock when Miller suddenly left his role in the sequel. This caused development to pause, and made it clear that things weren't all peaches and cream over at 20th Century Fox. Specifically, the moments where the excerpt includes some four letter words feel like they could be a jab to Miller, specifically "Jesus, don't even get me started on the marlin! It was just hanging out one day, minding it's own business, maybe thinking about ways it could be a better provider for its family and WHAM! Harpoon in the brain. Who's the "dream killer" now, fuckface? The hypocrisy is pretty much boundless at this point." In this analogy, I guess Reynolds is the marlin, with Miller throwing the harpoon in its brain.
I might just be reading into it, though. We'll just have to wait and see how The Old Man and the Sea relates to Deadpool 2 as more information becomes public. The sequel isn't going to hit the silver screen for about a year, so we've got plenty of time to ponder the message.
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Head over to the next page to see the first Deadpool 2 teaser, including the strange text at the very end.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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