Wade Wilson and his lovely red suit are back in action this summer with Deadpool 2, which sees the titular sort-of hero face off against time-traveling cyborg Cable (Josh Brolin), and Fox has just unveiled the final trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel. Directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), Deadpool 2 introduces a whole new host of superpowered allies (also, a guy called Peter) who will form Deadpool's new super-team: X-Force.
The plot of Deadpool 2 involves Cable traveling back in time with his sights set on a powerful young mutant referred to as "the kid" (played by Julian Dennison), and Deadpool making it his mission to protect the kid. This trailer features plenty of new footage (and, of course, lots of jokes) so without further ado, let's break it down.
25. X-Force Gears Up For a Mission
One of the big action setpieces of Deadpool 2 involves X-Force intercepting a prison transport convey where the kid is being held, and Cable attacking the same convoy. The trailer opens with the team gearing up inside a helicopter, because naturally they're going to do a sky-dive onto the scene. It's unclear where exactly Deadpool got a helicopter (complete with pilots!) from, considering that his usual mode of transportation is a taxi cab that he doesn't even pay for, but sequels are all about getting upgrades.
24. X-Men Arriving in Style
Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead apparently got their hands on the keys to the X-Jet, because when they arrive on the scene to deal with the pyrokinetic kid's unfortunate display of powers, they arrive by air. Based on what we see in this trailer, it seems like this may be the first battle between various forces trying to get their hands on the kid: including Cable, Deadpool, the X-Men, and the DMC (which we're guessing stands for Department of Mutant Control).
23. From the Studio That...
"From the studio that brought you..." screens are often overlooked in movie trailers, since they're generally the least exciting part, but Deadpool 2's trailers have been cramming in jokes everywhere they'll fit. A previous trailer boasted that Deadpool 2 is from "the studio that brought you 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada," while this final trailer offers up a bit of a spoiler for last year's Logan.
22. The Kid
The current best guess as to who Julian Dennison is playing is Russell Collins a.k.a. Firefist, a pyrokinetic (a.k.a. someone with the ability to shoot fire out of their hands). We certainly see "the kid" wreaking a lot of destruction in this trailer - including the scene where the X-Men jet is landing near a building that the kid has apparently partially destroyed. It seems like this might be the incident that gets him thrown in mutant jail with Deadpool. Like Wade, we're still pretty confused about why Cable is so determined to get his hands on this one kid, but presumably he's on a path that could lead to disaster in the future.
21. The Most Ambitious Crossover Event in History
There's no way that Deadpool 2 was going to cast Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without making a joke or twenty or about it. While riding in Dopinder's cab, Deadpool invites Cable to "hump the hate brakes, Thanos," and it's the not the last comic book meta-reference that Cable gets hit with in this trailer. Brolin can be seen playing the big purple cosmic supervillain in Avengers: Infinity War later this month.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews is also joining the X-Force as the mutant Bedlam (a.k.a. Jesse Aaronson), who in the comics has the ability to generate an electro-magnetic field that wreaks havoc with any nearby technology. It's the sort of skill that could be very useful if, say, you wanted to break someone out of a prison transport convoy. We don't get to see Bedlam show off his mutant powers in this trailer, but we do learn that he's quite adept at punching people, which is also a useful skill.
Cable isn't the only time-traveling mutant in the cast of Deadpool 2, though it's unclear if Lewis Tan's Shatterstar (a.k.a. Gaveedra Seven) is also from the future in this movie (or even from another planet; in the comics he hails from a place called Mojoworld), or if he's just a mutant who happens to be hanging around when Deadpool puts out his ad for superhero team members. Shatterstar's main selling point is his talent for fighting with dual swords, making him a deadly opponent in any fight.
Despite Deadpool's insistence that luck is not a superpower, Domino's mutant ability is actually incredibly useful. We see it in play several times in this trailer - for example, when a DMC soldier attempts to shoot her, only to have his gun jam, and when a flying truck conveniently passes over her head (in slow motion, no less) instead of crushing her. Even the luckiest mutant needs other skills, however, so naturally Domino is also packing plenty of heat.
17. Zeitgeist, Rictor, or Someone Else?
There are a few actors in Deadpool 2 whose characters remain unconfirmed, and one of the trickiest to crack has been Bill Skarsgård's character, who is another member of X-Force. Since Deadpool 2 was filmed, Skarsgård has gained new fame for his performance as Pennywise in the movie reboot of IT, which has only heightened interest and speculation about who he might be playing. Currently the best guesses are Axel Cluney a.k.a. Zeitgeist, a mutant who spews acidic vomit, and Rictor, a mutant who can create shockwaves and had a romantic relationship with Shatterstar in the comics.
16. Wait... Whose Parachute is That?
There are few things more badass than jumping out of a helicopter on your way to a fight, but if you pause this scene where the X-Force are getting their Point Break on, you'll notice that someone appears to have lost their parachute. Maybe the X-Force originally have an extra member whose involvement in the team ends up being short-lived (see also: Slipknot), or maybe this is a surprise Fantastic Four crossover and they've recruited the Invisible Woman.
15. Back to Vancouver
Like the first movie, Deadpool 2 was filmed in Ryan Reynolds' home town of Vancouver, which means that there are plenty of familiar sights in this trailer for Vancouver natives. This shot of Bedlam battling a DMC soldier pinpoints the fight location as Hornby Street, and in the background you can see a building that formerly held the offices of Credit Foncier Franco-Canadien. A good sightseeing tip, if you're visiting Toronto and want to check out Deadpool 2's filming locations.
14. Hot Vespa Action
A helicopter isn't the only cool new vehicle that Deadpool acquires in his big sequel. This shot sees the Merc With a Mouth riding the most badass of all modes of transportation: a red Vespa. Back when Deadpool 2 was filming there were several set videos floating around that showed Reynolds' double pulling off cool stunts on this Vespa, and the same set videos revealed that Domino rides a black Ducati motorcycle in the movie.
13. Cable's Faithful Gun
Don't try stealing Cable's gun, because it looks like he can just call it right back. Two separate shots in this trailer show the gun being pulled through the air and back into the cyborg's hands, presumably via some kind of device embedded in his metal arm. It's reminiscent of Captain America's shield-recall gauntlet that was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and probably isn't the only trick that Cable's gun has up its sleeve.
Cable's arm doesn't just look pretty; it's also incredibly powerful and durable, as demonstrated in this scene where Deadpool swings a metal pipe at the cyborg with all his might and, instead of knocking him down, the pipe actually bends around the metal arm. It's unclear what kind of future world Nathan Summers has come back from, but the build quality for prosthetic limbs is very impressive.
11. DC-Level Dark
Cable actor Josh Brolin recently revealed that he (indirectly) discussed taking on the role of Batman in the DC Extended Universe with Zack Snyder. "I’m really glad it didn’t happen," Brolin said, explaining that he wasn't the right guy for Snyder. However, he's certainly got a growly enough voice to play Batman, and him calling Deadpool a "clown" evokes some serious DC vibes - something that Deadpool finds time to quip about, despite having a knife in his shoulder.
10. That's Lucky...
Luck is a valuable asset in the superhero world. Peter Parker was lucky that his radioactive spider bite gave him superpowers instead of killing him. Captain America was lucky that his ship crash-landing in the ocean caused him to be perfectly cryogenically frozen instead of just mashed into a tangle of metal and limbs. And Clark Kent is lucky that no one ever looks at him and says, "Hang on, that's just Superman wearing glasses." With that in mind, Domino might be the most powerful superhero of all time. In this scene, we see her calmly staring down the barrel of a gun that jams when the soldier wielding it tries to shoot her. In the comics, Domino effectively has the ability to dodge bullets, so it's little wonder that she's not afraid of guns.
9. Top-Secret Mountain Facility
The DMC prison that Deadpool and the kid get sent to is no joke. We get a couple of exterior shots of it in this trailer, revealing that it's actually built into the side of a snow-covered mountain. Under normal circumstances this place would be virtually impenetrable, but a time-traveling cyborg is far from normal, even in Deadpool's universe. This sequence of shots also shows how Deadpool "escapes" the prison: he gets thrown out of the side of a hole that's blasted in the side of the building, and lands in a conveniently-located lake below.
8. Cable vs. Colossus
Once again it seems like Deadpool's movie budget couldn't stretch to include many X-Men, so Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are back in the fray. As with the first movie, it looks like Colossus being made of nigh-indestructible metal isn't going to stop him getting kicked around. This trailer sees the big guy get hit in the chest with what looks like some kind of futuristic grenade launcher and slammed into the side of a news truck. Ouch.
7. (Probably) Surge
Speaking of the X-Men, it seems that Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead have at least managed to recruit one more mutant for this movie. Shioli Kutsuna's character hasn't been officially named, but it's a pretty safe bet that she's playing Noriko Ashida a.k.a. Surge, a mutant with the ability to absorb and then unleash electricity. In this trailer, we see her arriving on the scene alongside Negasonic Teenage Warhead and wielding an electricity-infused chain.
6. Insult, Meet Injury
When Deadpool was playing around with his action figures in a previous trailer and jammed his Deadpool action figure's crotch into his Cable action figure's face, it turns out that he was actually reenacting a real scene from the movie. Yes, poor Cable gets a face-full of Wade Wilson's Infinity Stones during the convoy battle sequence. He probably would have preferred just being shot.
5. Crotch Meets Head, Part 2
Deadpool's crotch isn't the only that makes contact with Cable's head in this trailer. In this scene where Domino and Cable battle inside the prison convoy, surrounded by captured mutants, Cable manages to flip the luck-powered mutant in the air, only for her to turn things around and land on his shoulders. It looks like Cable is doomed to find his head trapped between people's legs on his journey to the past.
4. "Bring It On, One-Eyed Willy"
Some of the kids in the audience may have missed this reference to one of Josh Brolin's earliest roles: as Brand Walsh, one of the eponymous adventurers in classic '80s caper The Goonies. "One-Eyed Willy" is, of course, a jab at the fact that Cable has one cybernetic eye, but it's also the name of a famous pirate captain whose ship (and treasure) the Goonies go on a hunt for after finding an old treasure map.
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Callback
People seem to be pretty divided on whether X-Men Origins: Wolverine's scene of Deadpool (the first Ryan Reynolds version) coming out of an elevator and deflecting a hail of bullets simply by swinging his swords around is a cool scene, or an incredibly stupid one (the real answer, of course, is that it's both). Deadpool 2 takes time to poke fun at Deadpool's cinematic origins with a scene in which Deadpool successfully manages to slice one of Cable's bullets in half... and then, despite his best efforts, gets shot many times when Cable fires the rest of the clip. Because it turns out that bullets move pretty fast.
2. Domino and the Panda
Not all of Deadpool's meta-references are subtle, but even comic book fans might have missed this one, since it goes by pretty fast. In the comics, Domino has very pale skin and a black circle over one of her eyes. Since Zazie Beetz, the actress cast as Domino in Deadpool 2, is black, this color cheme is reversed, with the character instead having a white patch painted over one eye in some scenes. However, we do get a nod to the comic book version of the character in this shot, where Domino is falling down towards a giant inflatable panda. Given Domino's preternatural gift for luck, it's a safe bet that the panda is there to provide a soft landing.
It looks like Deadpool saw the lead-up to the release of Thor: Ragnarok and decided that X-Force needed its very own Darryl, because this trailer introduced the mighty... Peter! Actually, he's not all that mighty, though he does have an admirable mustache and some excellent sky-diving form. It's arguably slightly irresponsible of Deadpool to take a non-powered person into a battle with a time-traveling cyborg, but at least it looks like Peter's having fun.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018