It's no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. With three competing shared universes, it seems a month doesn't go by without a new blockbuster arriving. But 20th Century Fox really broke the mold with 2016's Deadpool. Made with a relatively bare bones budget, the R-Rated romp shifted the expectations regarding what superhero movie could do, and spawned a new generation of Deadpool fans. With a post-credits scene that featured a Ferris Bueller nod, as well as X-Man Cable's inclusion in a sequel, anticipation for Deadpool 2 has been at a fever pitch for well over a year. Now we've got the first trailer, and it didn't disappoint. Check it out.
Honestly, there's so much right about this new trailer. Let's dive into the good stuff.
The new clip starts off more like a Cable movie than a trailer for Deadpool 2. Introducing Josh Brolin's futuristic mutant, we see the dark world that he comes from, and the general badassery that just pours off him. But things quickly go awry when the actor's green sleeve is visible, prompting Wade Wilson to take over narration and begin screaming about CGI. The Deadpool franchise and its marketing doesn't stray away from pop culture references, and this one took the time to take a jab at Justice League. Wade Wilson is complaining about Cable's cybernetic arm, and says it shouldn't be difficult to edit in-- after all, it's not like removing a mustache. Considering how Henry Cavill's #MustacheGate is still dominating in the world of pop culture, the thinly veiled reference will no doubt delight comic fans out there.
This is when the trailer goes off the rails, in the most Deadpool way possible. The footage from the sequel temporarily halts, while we watch Wade Wilson play with Deapdool and Cable action figures in he and Blind Al's apartment. Knowing how ridiculous it is to show Ryan Reynolds' signature character playing with toys, they're sure to throw in some Toy Story references, and of course a joke about Deadpool's testicles. Because, obviously.
Eventually we get back to the action of Deadpool 2, and a series of badass and exciting flashes of the sequel are shown in quick succession. Cable kicks some serious ass, using his cybernetic arm as a shield from bullets. Deadpool and Domino (Zazie Beetz) are then shown bringing the punishment in what looks to be a mental ward. It would come to no surprise if Wade eventually got committed, although keeping the rapidly healing psychopath in the facility doesn't seem like an easy task.
More of Deadpool 2's supporting cast are also given quick shots of footage. This includes Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her new haircut, plus Dopinder looking thoroughly distressed that he chose to pick Wade Wilson up for a ride. Morena Baccarin's Vanessa and T.J. Miller's Weasel also have brief moments, with Miller getting his wish to hold a gun. But of course, the true star is Leslie Uggams' Blind Al, who is always ready with a one liner and a gun of her own.
One character who was noticeably missing was Colossus, voiced by Stefan Kapicic. Colossus is set to appear in the sequel and was a major role in the first film, so his absence is sure to turn a few heads. Perhaps we'll finally see the X-Man out of his organic steel form, which would definitely be an interesting experience. Unfortunately, we'll just have to wait a few more months.
Deadpool 2 will arrive in theaters on May 18th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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 CinemaBend. 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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