“SUPERTOSH”: A LOOK AT THE UPCOMING DEADPOOL 2 (2018)
by Jim Wallace
My tastes have changed as I’ve gotten older, wiser, and more cynical and analytical. As an adult I came to see the original “Star Wars” trilogy, released when I was a kid and which all kids then loved, as live-action children’s cartoons. (The two Star Wars sequels even functioned as toy commercials just as children’s cartoons do.) And I came to see the original Lethal Weapon, released when I was in my late teens and which I once thought was the coolest movie ever made, as “Rambo gets adopted by The Cosby Show’s Huxtable family.” (That was actually a clever bit of cross-breeding and cashing in.)
But even now that I’m a bitter middle-aged bastard, my inner 13-year-old refuses to “go gentle into that good night.” That’s why I was a fan of the deliberately offensive Tosh.0 before it “jumped the shark” and loved the blackly comedic, ultraviolent Deadpool (2016), which is essentially “Daniel Tosh as a superhero.” (Ryan Reynolds even sounds almost exactly like Daniel Tosh when he plays “the merc with a mouth.”)
In Deadpool, a mercenary with the Stan Lee-style alliterative name of Wade Wilson and terminal cancer undergoes an eleventh-hour experimental procedure to awaken any latent mutant abilities. It activates a superhuman regenerative ability but leaves him looking “like Freddy Krueger face-f***ed a topographical map of Utah.” Seeking revenge and restitution, he names himself after the morbid betting game of deadpool, dons a Spider-Man-esque costume, and proceeds to make juvenile wisecracks and “break the fourth wall” as he both gives and receives acts of überbrutality.
Deadpool earned over $783 million against a $58 million budget and broke numerous box office records. But plans for a sequel began before it was even released because it’s “sooo good.” Deadpool 2 lacks the original’s director, Tim Miller, who left the project over “mutual creative differences” with its star, Ryan Reynolds, but continues with “the raunchy comedy style that earned the first movie its R rating.” And it features Deadpool forming a team of mutants he names X-Force to protect a young mutant boy from a time-traveling cybernetic mutant soldier named Cable, played by Josh Brolin.
Cable’s inclusion was promised by Deadpool himself in the original’s de rigueur post-credits scene. And included from the original movie are Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, Leslie Uggams as “Blind Al,” and Karan Soni as Dopinder. And the sequel introduces Zazie Beetz as Domino, Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy, Terry Crews as Bedlam, Lewis Tan as Shatterstar, and Julian Dennison as the “MacGuffin” mutant child. (Shioli Kutsuna, Eddie Marsan, and Bill Skarsgård appear in undisclosed roles.)
Deadpool 2 is scheduled to be released on May 18, 2018, one week before Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here’s the *final* *extended* trailer to tide you over—and be picked apart like the Zapruder film by hardcore fans—in the meantime:
This trailer joins the full trailer with the Cable teaser trailer because Disney was too lazy to assemble a whole new trailer (Dick move!)—even though they want you to pay them as much money you did Fox for the original Deadpool—but at least you can see both trailers with only one click.