The first posters for 20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2 arrive, getting fans in the holiday spirit. The first Deadpool movie arrived around Valentine's Day 2016, bringing the Merc with a Mouth's unique brand of comedy and violence to theaters around the world. Though Tim Miller's Deadpool - starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular anti-hero - was stuck in development hell for a number of years, the X-Men spinoff ended up breaking box office records for R-rated movies and became one of Fox's top grossing X-Men films. Plus, Deadpool was a hit with critics and fans alike, indicating it was just a matter of time before the studio gave the green light to a sequel.
That sequel, Deadpool 2, is set to arrive Summer 2018 and introduce two major characters: Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz). Reynolds, who serves as a producer on the film in addition to starring in it, revealed first looks at both Cable and Domino while the project was filming this year. Now, though it may be some time before a trailer is unveiled, the first posters for Deadpool 2 have arrived.
Reynolds unveiled the first poster on Twitter, a Thanksgiving themed one-sheet featuring Deadpool, Cable, Domino, and fellow cast members Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Dopinder (Karan Soni), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić). The poster also features a photo of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee. The second poster was revealed by Reynolds on Twitter as well and features Deadpool on the cover of Good Housekeeping. Take a look at the posters below:
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The marketing campaign for Deadpool, which included a number of tie-in TV spots - one of which aired during ABC's The Bachelor - and holiday themed posters, was honored at the 45th Annual Clio Key Art Awards last year. Fans will no doubt agree that the marketing for Deadpool was fun and eye-catching, presenting the film with a great deal of humor and enticing casual moviegoers to check out Reynolds' turn as the Merc with a Mouth. It's also likely the exceptional marketing campaign helped boost the film's box office.
As such, Fox is no doubt looking to execute a similarly fun campaign for Deadpool 2, and the studio is getting a jump start, kicking it off with these posters releasing a little less than seven months before the movie hits theaters. Like the one-sheets for Deadpool, these Deadpool 2 posters feature self deprecating humor and raunchy jokes. Plus, the Stan Lee portrait in the Thanksgiving dinner poster is a perfect example of Deadpool's self-referential comedy that breaks the fourth wall, which is one aspect of the character in particular that fans love.
So, while many may be looking forward more to a trailer for Deadpool 2, these posters should help to tide fans over. Since filming on Deadpool 2 wrapped only a few weeks ago, it will be some time before a trailer is ready, but if these posters are any indication, that first teaser will be worth the wait.