Marvel’s merc with a mouth sounds off in this smashing, subversive sequel
Deadpool 2, available from Friday 15 March in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
Promoted by billboards bearing the skull emoji, the poo emoji and the letter “L” in succession, the first Deadpool movie – much like the titular superhero – was never going to take itself too seriously. Its sense of irreverence and smack-talking star proved a hit – not least with lead actor Ryan Reynolds. “It’s the role I feel most privileged to have in my entire career. I feel like I was sort of born for it. I love Deadpool. It’s the miracle of the mask,” the actor explained.
Too right! Reynold’s portrayal of the foul-mouthed antihero proved so popular, it seemed only right to bring the character back in a louder, funnier and (somehow) even ruder sequel. Read on for nine reasons why you should settle in with everyone’s favourite crude, rude, superhero dude.
1. Cable makes his debut
Teased at the end of the first film, fans had their prayers answered when Cable (Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War) was announced as the main antagonist of Deadpool 2. He’s a supersoldier from the future who travels back in time to kill the young mutant Russell Collins, or Firefist (Hunt For The Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison) – a supervillain in his own timeline.
Deadpool is already having a pretty rough time of it in his everyday life as Wade Wilson, but decides to take Russell under his wing in a bid to change his path and hopefully his future, à la The Butterfly Effect.
2. Cable and Deadpool have great on-screen banter
Cable might look like a tough guy, all metal arm and laser eye, but his interactions with Deadpool are more frenemy than enemy. You’ll be rooting for them to kiss and make up. In real life too, Reynolds and Brolin are just as silly.
No punches were pulled when the two of them traded insults in BBC Radio 1’s Playground Insults slot. Reynolds roasted Brolin with: “You’re so old, you make dust look like a baby.” Brolin retorted: “You’re tall. You’re handsome. You have the perfect amount of scruff and you still have no talent.” Seriously, go watch it.
3. The gags land just as hard
Sometimes a joke is so good, it needs to be replicated. In the first instalment, Wade loses his hand. Thankfully it grows back thanks to his regenerative powers, albeit initally as a teeny-tiny baby hand.
In the sequel, Wade loses both of his legs (we won’t spoil how), and, you guessed it, they grow back – in much the same fashion as in the first! The crossing and un-crossing of his baby legs is almost too much to handle, as Cable’s reaction can attest. The rest of the humour is just as crude, irreverent and shocking. Would you expect any less?
4. A new director was brought on board
David Leitch, the director of John Wick and Atomic Blonde, took the reins on Deadpool 2. “He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action,” Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly. “One of the things David Leitch does that very few film-makers can do these days is make a movie on an ultra-tight budget look like it was shot for ten to 15 times what it cost.”
The writers from the original film, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, returned to pen this second success story.
5. Look out for the X-Men crossover
Deadpool belongs to the same universe as X-Men and we’re again graced with the presence of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, plus Yukio in the sequel. You also get a cheeky little peek inside the X-Mansion.
6. Deadpool has a new crew
Usually a lone ranger, Wade puts out an ad in a bid to enlist mutants with extraordinary powers. A medley of, shall we say, misfits responds, including the extremely lucky Domino (Zazie Beetz, Atlanta), electromagnetic field-manipulating Bedlam (Terry Crews, Brooklyn Nine-Nine); acid-spitting Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård, It); and Peter (Rob Delaney, Catastrophe), who… is just Peter.
Deadpool 2 is also packed with cameos, but blink and you might miss them. Your favourite neighbourhood cabbie Dopinder and Deadpool’s housemate and confidante Blind Al are back too.
7. There are some truly colossal fight scenes
One such fight is between Colossus and Juggernaut. Colossus is a gentle giant with a chiselled, metallic form and imposing stature. The Juggernaut possesses superhuman strength, is essentially unstoppable and looms tall at almost ten feet. “Pick on someone your own size” comes to mind.
And who voices the mighty Juggernaut? Why it’s none other than Reynolds! Although the credits list the Juggernaut “as himself”. Sneaky!
8. It involves time travel
You might have gathered this already, but there’s some pretty sweet time travel going on in Deadpool 2, and who doesn’t like time travel? With that in mind, you’ll want to watch all of the end credits.
9. A sequel to the sequel is in the works
Writers Reese and Wernick have confirmed that they’ll start working on Deadpool 3 after finishing work on X-Force (an X-Men spin-off). You heard that right, Reynolds isn’t hanging up that tight red-and-black suit just yet. Good thing too – Deadpool just wouldn’t be Deadpool without him.
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