The first proper trailer is out for Deadpool 2, and along with a heavy dose of action, it confirms Terry Crews is in the film. The trailer centers around the walking armory known as Cable, played by Josh Brolin, with his future origin teased and metal arm showcased (once the CGI is up to speed). As thrilling as it is to see Cable's one-man army attack a group of anti-mutant officers, a bigger surprise comes towards the end of the trailer.
In one scene, Deadpool, Domino, and another ally step out of the shadows as they prepare to debark a helicopter. Eagle-eyed fans have immediately identified this mysterious third figure as comedy actor and all-around muscleman Terry Crews. Until now, there's not even been so much as a rumor that Crews was in the film, so this came as a real shocker - and left fans excitedly debating just who he could be playing.
Terry Crews Seems To Be Playing G. W. Bridge
The most likely candidate is a character known as G.W. Bridge (the G.W. stands for George Washington, a name Wade Wilson is sure to find hilarious). In the comics, Bridge was a member of a mercenary group known variously as the Wild Pack, or the Six Pack. Cable, Domino, and even Deadpool himself have been members of the Six Pack at one time or another. In fact, that may be what we're seeing: the trailer suggests that Cable and Domino have allied with some sort of quasi-military operation, and the Six Pack were often dropped off into combat zones by helicopter. It makes perfect sense for Crews to be playing the part of G.W. Bridge, he even looks like some versions of the character.
If Crews is playing G.W. Bridge, then he'll potentially be an important figure in the future of Fox's spinoffs. Bridge has been a recurring character in both Deadpool and X-Force comic book runs, the latter of which is on Fox's upcoming slate. He's sometimes portrayed as an ally to the Merc With A Mouth or the mutant black ops time; other times, he's an enemy. Intriguingly, Bridge's mercenary career ultimately led him to work with S.H.I.E.L.D.; as a Commander there, he wound up tasked with bringing X-Force in, and hunted them down.
While the sequel is expected to stand on its own two feet, Deadpool 2 will also setup X-Force. The movie introduces Cable and Domino, who are sure to be key members of the team, and Bridge is another important X-Force character who could easily play a semi-antagonistic role in the movie.
Another Nod To S.H.I.E.L.D.
Equally interesting is the fact that this creates more opportunities for Fox's spinoffs to subtly hint at S.H.I.E.L.D. The first film included a momentary glimpse of what fans were convinced was a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, perhaps coyly linking the Deadpool movies to the MCU rather than to the traditional X-Men franchise. Fox denied it was actually a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel (for obvious legal reasons). Still, with Disney now intending to purchase the bulk of Fox's movie assets, fans are looking for any potential links between the Deadpool movies and the MCU (such as Bob, Agent of Hydra).
G.W. Bridge is another subtle nod to S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, Fox would be wise not to make it immediately obvious - not only do they not have the rights to S.H.I.E.L.D., it's also worth remembering the Disney purchase still has to be approved by regulators - but all it would take is a single subtle piece of dialogue to hint that Bridge used to be a member of a global peacekeeping organization. Not that it provides any futureproofing for the Deadpool franchise.
However they play it, for now it does seem likely Crews is playing G.W. Bridge in Deadpool 2. Visually they're a match and the Six Pack fit with what little we know of the film's plot - and the franchise's future. This sequel just got even more exciting.
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