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It's been a big year for superhero movies, as filmmakers challenge what the genre is capable of. One of the most original comic book franchises is Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool, which broke records and expectations when it debuted back in 2016. Deadpool 2 finally arrived a few months ago, bringing the Merc with The Mouth back to the silver screen, alongside X-Men characters new and old. In addition to the ill-fated members of the X-Force and Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, there were also classic X-Men characters present during Wade's stint in prison. While Black Tom Cassidy was the main antagonist in that sequence, it turns out there's more Marvel legends we didn't notice. Case in point: Omega Red. And there's photo proof he was in Deadpool 2 as well. Check it out.
Now that Deadpool 2 has been out for months and is therefore void of real spoilers, makeup designer Bill Corso has shared some of his work on the acclaimed sequel. And while we didn't get to see Omega Red speak or use his mutant abilities (damn those mutant collars), these photos help further expand 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise, albeit subtly.
Around a quarter into the runtime of Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson ends up arrested for killing one of Firefist's abusers at his orphanage. The Merc with the Mouth is all too happy to kill his enemies, but that doesn't fly with the code of the X-Men. This lands Deadpool in a prison known as Ice Box, which is a special prison made for mutants. Enter Omega Red, who was one of the many background characters featured in the prison, and the riot which eventually ensues thanks to Josh Brolin's Cable. Now if only we got to see him really kick ass and take names. Fingers crossed for the X-Force movie.
In the comics, Omega Red is a mutant villain that often clashes with the X-Men and other Marvel characters. Born in Russia, Omega Red is a serial killer with enhanced abilities that make shim especially deadly. These powers include superhuman strength, durability, endurance, and speed. A genius level intellect with hand to hand combat skills, Omega Red is most known for his retractive tentacles that are within his arms. These are his main weapon of choice, as he can absorb the energy of his victims, in addition to slaying them with his myriad abilities.
We'll just have to wait for Deadpool 2's home release to see if there is more footage of Omega Red that we might have missed when seeing the film in theaters. Deadpool 2 will be available for home purchase on August 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.