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You'd think with a movie like Deadpool 2 following up the sheer insanity that was Deadpool, it'd be hard to shock audiences. And yet, writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds not only managed to match the same level of surprising gags and twists in this summer's latest comic sequel, they actually outdo the first film in this respect. In particular, there are 16 gags that we think are the true standouts of Deadpool 2's litany of envelope pushing jokes. Prepare yourself to enjoy the maximum effort of the writing team's delightfully sick imaginations!
A Logan Music Box
From the first frames of Deadpool 2, the film aims to get the audience nice and riled up, and it does so with a big call back to the ending of Logan. In particular, there's a music box that Deadpool winds up, in his hour of desperation, depicting the fatal injury that was dealt to Wolverine during his fight with X-24. Adding insult to injury, he starts the box's song by depressing the rod in Wolverine's chest, triggering the mechanism that makes everything go. Naturally, seeing as Deadpool's obsessed with both Hugh Jackman and the X-Men member he plays, this isn't the last we see of his Wolvie fetish.
There it was: a death so traumatic in the Deadpool universe that it triggered its own James Bond title sequence, complete with Celine Dion ballad. Just when Wade and Morena Baccarin's Vanessa had gotten comfortable with the idea of opening the baby factory, a raid on their apartment put a bullet through her chest. While Deadpool 2 mostly trades on comedic and action materials, the death, and Wade's immediate reaction to it, changed the tone of the film into a more serious, vengeance driven story. Not something you'd expect from a guy who serenaded his lady love so ably with the sounds of Wham.
The X-Men Play Hide And Seek
It's one thing to repeat the same joke about how there seem to be no X-Men wandering around Professor Xavier's estate whenever Deadpool comes to call, save of course for Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and now Yukio. However, we now have a reason behind why Wade Wilson can never find himself a play date with Beast, Quicksilver, or any of the other big screen X-Men. Apparently, they're consciously hiding from him, seen in a moment where James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters - among others - show up as their X-Men characters, before they hid themselves yet again.