Deadpool 2 Trailer

“Deadpool 2” Gets First Legit Trailer

As is fitting for a franchise that took its own circuitous path to the big screen, the much-anticipated sequel to Deadpool hasn't had anything resembling a traditional marketing campaign. While most movies follow the teaser trailer > poster > trailer-set-to-a-sad-cover-of-a-pop-song route, Deadpool 2 has released three separate promos up until now, but this is the first one that can be considered an actual trailer.

The "No Good Deed" short film, which aped everything from Spider-Man to Superman, all set to the theme song for St. Elmo's Fire, debuted in front of Logan last year.

Then, we got an early Christmas present with Ryan Reynolds' tribute to painter Bob Ross, with his hilarious "Wet on Wet" short. And just last month we got a quasi-introduction to Josh Brolin's new character Cable, who I've been dying to see on the big screen since I was a kid. Of course, nothing involving Deadpool is done without tongue firmly planted in cheek, so it served as a springboard for jokes about Justice League's bad CGI, Disney buying Fox, and Josh Brolin also playing Thanos in Infinity War.

So this is the first time we're actually getting any semblance of plot or new characters besides Cable. We now know that Cable's been sent from the future to kill a young mutant played by Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Deadpool isn't going to let that happen. He's joined by Domino (Atlanta's Zazie Beetz) and what has been confirmed as the X-Force. We don't know exactly who all has enlisted in this superteam, but one of them is definitely Bedlam (Terry Crews).

The film recently wrapped some re-shoots (though curiously not to cut out alleged abuser T.J. Miller), reportedly to add more of the X-Force. The scene in which Deadpool makes the Wakanda Forever gesture is almost certainly from that time.

With an arsenal of jokes, pop culture references and actual weapons, Deadpool 2 will be back for more gleeful mayhem on May 18, one week before Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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