Deadpool 2 is the second coming of the merc with a mouth. But does this film suffer from the sequel curse, or is it The Godfather: Part II of Fox’s Marvel movies?
Deadpool 2 sees Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) reunited with the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), having rescued her from the clutches of Ajax in the last film. The two are trying to start a family, but a spoiler-filled course of events instead leads Wade to X-Manor, in search of the help of his X-Men buddies Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Longest Name Ever (Brianna Hildebrand) – who, by the way, is now dating Yukio (who X-Men fans will remember from The Wolverine).
At the nearby mutant orphanage, a young boy named Russell (Julian Dennison) has caused a bit of a scene, and Deadpool has taken it upon himself to befriend the fire-throwing fiend and put him on the straight and narrow. However, the time-travelling Terminator wannabe Cable (Josh Brolin, in his second Marvel Comics appearance of the year) has come back to the present, to kill young Russell before he commits atrocities in the future. To take him down, DP needs to assemble a team of his own.
Enter X-Force. Deadpool has brought together the best of the best – of those that applied – to form a super team of even more super proportions.
There’s Terry Crews as Bedlam – a guy that can manipulate magnetic fields; Zazie Beetz as Domino – a girl who gets lucky; Bill Skarsgard as Zeitgeist – a guy that vomits acid; and Rob Delaney as Peter – just a guy who answered the ad with an abundance of confidence. Who else would you want to fight The Termina- uh, Cable with?
Deadpool 2 is a bit of a slow burn, and does suffer slightly from the sequel curse, but if you love the merc with a mouth you’ll find something to enjoy. The soundtrack is an improvement – featuring a Celine Dion original – and credit must always be given to the man who was born to play Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds. You can tell he had a hand in the script. As always, Deadpool’s writers are his heroes, and you can expect plenty of fourth-wall-breaks and references to the zeitgeist (literal and otherwise) that will leave you laughing a little longer than you should be.
It’s hard to comment too much on what happens in Deadpool 2 without completely spoiling the film, as barely anything is given to you in trailers (for once!), but you can safely expect quite a few more X-Men in this instalment, and a bunch of worth-the-wait post-credit scenes. Cable’s metal arm effects are also a standout.
Deadpool 2 is a family movie, though you should be warned that’s not the only F-word in use.
In cinemas: May 17, 2018
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison
Directed by: David Leitch