Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 has arrived in theaters and, like its predecessor, the movie is packed full of pop cullture references from beginning to end - not to mention quite a few cameos. This time around Stan Lee's customary appearance is limited to a bit of graffiti on the wide of a building, but the movie more than makes up for this with a number of hilarious surprise cameos, and quite a few ones that you probably didn't even notice.
From the Vanisher, to the toilet roll truckers, to the other inhabitants of the X-Men mansion, here are our favorite cameo appearances in Deadpool 2.
Wolverine is mentioned a few times in Deadpool 2, and the character appears at the very start of the movie in the form of a musical toy owned by Wade Wilson. Hugh Jackman's likeness also shows up on a cereal box, which Deadpool signs (as Ryan Reynolds), but it's Jackman's post-credit appearance that steals the show. In footage taken from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Jackman appears opposite Reynolds in his first Deadpool appearance. The pair are then interrupted by present-day Deadpool, who, using a time-traveling device stolen from Cable, kills his past self in an effort to "clean up timelines." While there's no new footage of Jackman, this cameo does give fans what they've been waiting for (Wolverine in a Deadpool movie) albeit in a slightly different way.
Brad Pitt was initially in the running to play Cable, but couldn't take the role due to filming commitments. The part eventually went to Josh Brolin, but Pitt still managed to make an appearance in Deadpool 2, playing the Vanisher in Deadpool's short-lived X-Force team. Though we don't see him for most of the scenes he's in, when Vanisher hits electrical cables and dies, he becomes visible for a second or two. Pitt's cameo was shot in a closed studio, after the rest of the movie.
Our favorite cameo comes when Wade visits the X-Mansion. Similar to comments he makes in the first movie, Wade complains that he never sees any of the famous X-Men when he visits. While he's delivering these lines, the camera quickly shows us a room full of all the X-Men: James McAvoy's Professor X, Nicholas Hoult's Beast, Evan Peter's Quicksilver, Alexandra Shipp's Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee's and Tye Sheridan's Cyclops. They hear his ranting, and quickly shut the door, as Wade remains oblivious.
During Deadpool 2, we see Cable travel through time to arrive in the present day. His first encounter is with two truckers, who are busy having a conversation about how to achieve a thorough cleanse using a combination of toilet paper and wet wipes. One of them is played by none other than Alan Tudyk, and the other is....
That's right - the second trucker is played by Matt Damon in heavy prosthetics. Listed in the credits as "Dickie Greenleaf," Damon gives a brilliant cameo appearance which follows on from another hilarious cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. Many will recognize the pseudonym as the name of the character played by Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley - the man whom Matt Damon's Ripley eventually impersonates.
Director David Leitch has a brief cameo, and why not? We'd all probably do the same if we were directing. His character name is "Ground Chuck Mutant," and he's one of the Mutant prisoners taken on a truck to a new location. When the truck is hijacked by Domino and then Cable, Leitch is one of the prisoners thrown off the truck as the fighting breaks out.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese
As well as Leitch, Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese also have cameos in the movie. They're playing a news helicopter pilot, and news cameraman, who are the unfortunate recipients of Shatterstar's (Lewis Tan) innards when he shatters on top of the helicopter.
Finally, there's a cameo from Reynolds himself, which is a stroke of genius. In the final post-credits scene of Deadpool 2, we see Wade Wilson, as Deadpool, travel back in time to shoot Reynolds in order to stop him signing on for Green Lantern. It's totally nuts, and totally fits with the craziness that is Deadpool 2.
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