The final trailer for Deadpool 2 has been released, further teasing what to expect from The Merc With a Mouth's sequel. Ryan Reynolds made his screen debut as Wade Wilson in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and spent the years after relentlessly campaigning for the character to get his own solo film. Seven years and some leaked test footage later, Deadpool finally happened and became a massive critical/financial success for Fox, thanks in no small amount to both Reynolds' performance and his unique approach to building hype for the R-rated superhero action-comedy.
Deadpool 2, like Deadpool before it, has taken far from what one might call a typical marketing approach for a studio tentpole nowadays. The Deadpool 2 teaser trailer was mostly footage of Deadpool doing a Bob Ross impersonation, whereas a good chunk of the first Deadpool 2 trailer was footage of Wade Wilson playing with Deadpool and Cable (Josh Brolin) action figures. It wasn't until the third trailer that Fox confirmed that Deadpool 2 will introduce the X-Force to the big screen, ahead of Drew Goddard's X-Force movie starting production in the second half of this year.
Fox has now unveiled another Deadpool 2 trailer, just in time for it to begin screening with Avengers: Infinity War in theaters next week. This preview, like the most recent trailer before it, lays out the basic plot beats for the film; namely, that Deadpool wants to stop time-traveling mutant Cable from killing a mysterious kid (Julian Dennison), whom Cable wants dead for equally mysterious reasons. In order to do so, Wade puts together his own "super-duper f***ing group" that includes Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), and most importantly of all... Peter.
As one would expect, the final Deadpool 2 trailer is rife with footage of Wade breaking (or, at least, gently knocking upon) the fourth wall with his quips and one-liners. This preview alone contains jokes about Brolin playing both Cable here and Thanos in Infinity War, as well as riffs on the DCEU and even a wry shout-out to X-Men Origins near the end (see the scene where Deadpool "blocks" Cable's many gunshots with his katanas). The trailer also really wants audiences to believe that Cable is the real villain in Deadpool 2, though we have good reason to suspect the situation is more complicated than that - and not just because Brolin is contracted to appear in three more Deadpool/X-Force films after this one.
There's never really been any doubt that Deadpool 2 will deliver when it comes to action, what with John Wick co-director and Atomic Blonde helmer David Leitch calling the shots. The real question has long been whether Leitch will be able to balance spectacle with humor and heart as well as Deadpool director Tim Miller did with his own movie starring The Merc With a Mouth. Based on the final Deadpool 2 trailer in particular, it thankfully seems Leitch and his collaborators may yet succeed in doing just that.
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