An official trailer for Deadpool 2 will arrive in theaters next month with Marvel’s Black Panther, right after it drops online in time to commemorate the two year anniversary of The Merc With a Mouth’s original solo film being released in theaters. With the Deadpool sequel now scheduled to hit the big screen in the middle of May, just two weeks after Marvel’s greatest superheroes team up to battle a giant purple Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War, it only makes sense for the film’s official trailer to hitch a ride with the first big superhero movie event of 2018.
The decidedly general audiences unfriendly Deadpool 2 teaser trailer dropped online last year, featuring Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) doing his best Bob Ross impersonation and making references to everything from his Betty White fetish to his fondness for getting high on life… and cocaine. However, that trailer boasts very little in the way of actual footage from the untitled Deadpool sequel, save for a short sizzle reel that offers a quick glimpse at some of the film’s supporting players. Among the newcomers featured in the teaser trailer are Hunt for the Wilderpeople‘s Julian Dennison, playing what appears to be a mutant character with fire based superpowers.
Expect that to change when Fox drops the official Deadpool 2 trailer, which Collider is reporting will happen with Black Panther on February 16, shortly after the trailer launches online on Valentine’s Day. Those with good memories may recall that the original Deadpool bowed in theaters over the Valentine’s holiday weekend in 2016, and was even (only somewhat jokingly) marketed as a romantic comedy about Wade and his girlfriend Vanessa. With Morena Baccarin back as the latter for the Deadpool sequel, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will get to continue the first movie’s unexpectedly substantial love story with their screenplay for the followup.
Of course, the big thing that everyone is looking forward to from the Deadpool 2 trailer is the first proper footage of Brolin and Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz in action as the mutants Cable and Domino, respectively. The Deadpool 2 teaser trailer features blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearances by the pair, while those who have been following the sequel’s production already have a rough idea of what the actors look like in costume outside of official promotional images.
The Deadpool sequel doesn’t have an official title at the moment and could feasibly end up being called Untitled Deadpool Sequel, in keeping with the franchise’s heightened sense of meta humor and self awareness. It also swaps out Deadpool helmsman Tim Miller for uncredited John Wick co-director and credited Atomic Blonde helmer David Leitch, which should at least guarantee that its action sequences are highly polished and stylized. The official trailer should make it clearer if Leitch and his collaborators have recaptured lightning in a bottle with their sequel in other respects too.
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