The media blitz for Deadpool 2 continues unabated, with the Merc with the Mouth crashing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. After having his offer to be a special guest for the evening rejected, Deadpool did what Deadpool does best and imposed himself, taking over the reading of the rest of the evening's opening monologue.
The Deadpool appearance marks the latest in a long, loose partnership between Marvel Comics and The Late Show host. Following the death of Captain America in 2007, Colbert was officially presented with the duty of guarding Steve Rogers' pure Vibranium shield as "the most patriotic man in America." The actual shield prop, which was presented to Colbert by Marvel Comics' Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada on an episode The Colbert Report, is now a part of the set of The Late Show. In 2008, Colbert was depicted as running for President of the United States in the Marvel Comics main universe, making an appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man, and going on to win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College to President Barack Obama.
The monologue, which can be viewed in the above video, was surprisingly restrained by Deadpool's usual standards of conduct. That did not stop him from lashing out at a few choice targets, particularly long-time rival Ryan Reynolds, who he said should never appear on The Late Show. "He's like the poor man's version of Ryan Reynolds," quipped Deadpool.
Colbert politely tried to get Deadpool to go without incident at that point, leading to Deadpool mockingly calling him Jimmy, in reference to The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, and declaring that he should finish delivering the opening monologue instead. Colbert struck back, saying that his job was much more difficult than most people realize. He then went a step further in trying to draw common ground between himself and Deadpool.
"You know, in our own way, we late-night hosts are basically superheroes," claimed Colbert. "Because you're all mostly white men?" Deadpool asked.
Colbert yielded the floor, leaving Deadpool to finish reading the final two jokes of the opening segment. Unsurprisingly, given his pitch-perfect comedic timing, Wade Wilson did a more than respectable job delivering both gags. Coincidentally, given Deadpool's penchant for ribald humor, the jokes both involved Donald Trump and matters of a legal and adult nature.
All joking aside, the appearance is a laugh riot and a fine example of the masterful job the Deadpool 2 marketing team has delivered in finding ways to promote the movie in a wide variety of venues like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It also shows that Colbert can still play the fool and allow himself to be the butt of a joke - or three.
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