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Deadpool 2 arrived in theaters this weekend, and although the weekend isn't even over yet, the Merc with a Mouth is already a huge success. Deadpool 2 broke the record for Thursday night preview screenings for an R-rated movie, and is poised for a huge opening weekend of around $130+ million domestic and $175-$200 million worldwide. Reviews are positive and the R-rated superhero is receiving all kinds of praise, including from another corner of the superhero universe. Guardians of the Galaxy director and one of the creative pillars of the MCU, James Gunn, offered his congratulations to Deadpool 2 in an awesome way. Take a look:
As if baby Groot wasn't already cute enough, James Gunn delivers baby Groot cosplaying as Deadpool. Melding the two fan favorite characters is fun and totally works. They could probably sell toys of this and make a pretty penny. They could call them Grootpool, or DeadGroot. Then again, it may be too soon on that one. You could see Groot being a fan of the Merc with a Mouth too, given his rebellious attitude and teenage cursing in Avengers: Infinity War. This Twitter post is such a creative way to congratulate the cast and crew of Deadpool 2 versus just a couple of kind words.
It is also cool to see this sort of kudos given between those who operate in different comic book universes. While fandoms of different comic book universes feel the need to pit themselves against one another, the creatives realize that a rising tide lifts all boats and if audiences are having a good time at superhero movies and they are making money. That's good for everyone as we all want more Deadpool and Guardians in the future.
You can see why James Gunn would be a fan of Deadpool too. Like Deadpool, the Guardians of the Galaxy have a bit of irreverence to them and they are weirder characters that largely operate separately from the rest of their cinematic universe counterparts. Who would have thought a decade ago that some of the superheroes with the biggest on screen successes and cultural cachet would be a misfit band of aliens including a raccoon that's not a raccoon and a talking tree along with an obscene. Or even more so, a fourth-wall breaking B-list X-Man. There is something cool about that and the chances these films are willing to take and the willingness of audiences to accept them.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters now. After you've seen it come back and let us know what you thought and check out some wild speculation and interesting nuggets about the end-credits scene. For all the latest on the Merc with a Mouth, stay tuned to CinemaBlend. Also be sure to check out our release schedule to see everything you should be preparing to see later this year.