Deadpool 2 (or, to use its official title, Untitled Deadpool Sequel) is now just a few months away, and this morning 20th Century Fox dropped a brand new trailer for the sequel, in which Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool faces off against Josh Brolin's time-traveling cyborg mercenary, Cable. Directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde), Deadpool 2 will see the return of plenty of faces from Tim Miller's 2016 movie - including the awesomely-named Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool's landlady Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Deadpool's girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccharin), Deadpool's best bud Weasel (TJ Miller) and Deadpool's go-to taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni).
Brolin isn't the only new face in town. Zazie Beetz will make her debut as Domino, a mutant gifted with extraordinarily good luck, while Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison will also feature as an as-yet unidentified character. Not too much is known about the plot of the movie, but for what it's worth, this is the latest synopsis:
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Given that this is a Deadpool movie, that synopsis could either be total nonsense, or an extremely accurate summary of the plot. Here's our breakdown of the latest trailer.
20. Cable's Teddy Bear
Cable is a badass killing machine (and the machine part is literal), so the battered old teddy bear that he carries around with him is a little incongruous. We do, however, have a theory about who the teddy bear might belong to (assuming it's not just Cable's favorite cuddly toy). In the comics, Cable adopts a young mutant called Hope Spalding - the first mutant to be born after the Decimation, a comic book event in which Scarlet Witch stripped all the existing mutants of their powers and prevented any new mutants from being born. Cable (whose real name is Nathan Summers, the son of Cyclops a.k.a. Scott Summers) gives his adopted daughter the name Hope Summers. With that in mind, Deadpool 2 may introduce Hope Summers to the movie universe (or at least mention her), and the teddy bear could belong to her.
19. Justice League Jab
One of Deadpool's main schticks is making fun of other superhero movies, so it was probably inevitable that at some point the Merc with a Mouth would make fun of last year's Justice League. Zack Snyder's DC team-up movie underwent heavy reshoots, with Joss Whedon taking over as director, and one of the most problematic aspects of the reshoots was Henry Cavill's mustache. The actor had grown facial hair for his role in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which was still in production when the Justice League reshoots began, meaning that he couldn't shave off his mustache. Warner Bros. attempted to remove the mustache using digital trickery, but the effort left Superman with a really weird-looking upper lip in certain scenes - hence Deadpool's line, "It's not like we're trying to remove a mustache."
18. Toy Story Parody
There's an awkward moment in the trailer when Deadpool realizes that the special effects on Cable's arm aren't done, and he decides to take over the job of promoting his movie. Most people will recognize his little diorama as being an overt reference to Toy Story, and it's actually quite an involved parody. For example, Cable only has one eye, just like Mr Potato Head's villain character One-Eyed Bart, and Deadpool quotes Woody's catchphrase "Reach for the sky!" When the two toys fall over, they also have "WADE" written on the bottoms of their shoes (in Deadpool's case, with the "E" backwards), in the same way that Toy Story's Andy marks his toys.
17. Aren't You a Little Short For a Superhero?
Josh Brolin was a popular choice for the role of Cable, with his gravelly voice and hard-earned action movie cred, but some people did have reservations - specifically, regarding Brolin's height. In the comics Cable is practically a giant, standing at a statuesque 6'8", whereas Brolin is just shy of 5'10". Reynolds, meanwhile, is 6'2", meaning that the two action figures that Wade plays with in his Toy Story interlude are actually to scale. Toy-Deadpool starts to point out the discrepancy, but Toy-Cable quickly cuts him off. It's not that big a deal, anyway; after all, this is a universe where the famously short and stocky Wolverine is played by the decidedly not-short Hugh Jackman.
16. Thanos Jokes (Of Course)
Josh Brolin is having a busy year in the superhero movie genre. Not only is he playing Cable in Deadpool 2, he's also playing arch-supervillain Thanos in this year's Avengers: Infinity War. There are two references to Brolin's other big comic book role in this trailer: Deadpool's comment of "Ah, f*** it, I'll do it myself," which echoes Thanos' slightly less swear-y line in the mid-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron; and Deadpool's quip, "I've got the stones to help you," which is a reference to Thanos' hunt for the five Infinity Stones he needs to complete his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet. Those probably aren't the stones he's looking for, though.
15. Julian Dennison Wobble Doll
Comic book movies are typically full of Easter eggs, so it's always worth looking at what's in the background. When Deadpool launches into his own makeshift trailer while the special effects team try to sort out Cable's arm, we see a wobble doll in the cardboard cityscape that bears a strong resemblance to Julian Dennison - both in Hunter for the Wilderpeople (in which he played Ricky Baker, a troubled teen with a scowl and a red jacket) and in the earlier trailer for Deadpool 2 (in which he was wearing a red jacket, scowling, and apparently setting everything on fire).
14. Trailer Callback
The first teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 featured our hero in an amazing hairpiece, doing an impression of painter and TV host Bob Ross. Deadpool produces a couple of paintings during that trailer, including a lovely picture of a peaceful cabin in the middle of a forest (plus an addition that might be Deadpool ruining his own painting, but might also be the work of Mr. Sinister). This painting was still worthy of being put on the wall, however, and it can be seen in the background when Deadpool is doing his Toy Story-style puppet show.
13. Duct-Taped Deadpool Suit
One of Deadpool's most winning traits is his ability to heal at an accelerated rate - whether it's recovering from bullet wounds, or regrowing a severed hand. His snazzy red-and-black suit, however, needs the aid of a sewing machine to do the same thing, and in this trailer we see Deadpool wearing a suit that has been hastily repaired with duct-tape. The main areas repaired are his toes, his thigh, his midsection and his upper arms, which begs the question - what exactly has Deadpool healed from? Minor bullet wounds, severed limbs, or being completely cut in half? Whatever the answer is, it's probably pretty gory. The movie's got to earn that R-rating, after all.
12. Run, DMC!
Cable and Deadpool may be feuding, but they also have a common enemy: the DMC. Featured prominently in the trailer, under siege from just about everyone, DMC probably stands for "Department of Mutant Control," or something along those lines. This could well be the movie version of the comic book peacekeeping force MRD (Mutant Response Division), which was formed by the U.N. to tackle mutant threats. In this trailer we see Deadpool wearing a yellow jumpsuit in a DMC prison facility (Cable's battle with DMC agents seems to be part of an effort to break into the prison and kill/maim Deadpool), and later both Cable and Deadpool are shown assaulting a DMC prison transport vehicle.
What's better than a gun and a knife? A gun with a knife attached, of course. Zazie Beetz's Domino is particularly deadly in a firefight, because her unique luck-based mutant powers mean she can basically dodge bullets, and also ensure that her own shots hit the mark every time. Domino is seen several times throughout the trailer - fighting members of a weird Doomsday cult (more on that later), firing her submachine gun/knife combo in the middle of a battle, and standing alongside Deadpool and Terry Crews (more on that later) in the back of a helicopter. It seems she'll end up allied with the Merc with a Mouth at some point, which is good, because Deadpool can use all the good luck he can get.
10. Purity, Humanity, Infinity
The first teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 also showed a glimpse of some kind of cult that has slogans like "Purity, Humanity, Infinity," "The End is Near" and "Prepare Yourself" - presumably some kind of Doomsday cult with a grudge against mutants. In that teaser, Julian Dennison's character was shown inflicting fiery punishment upon the cult, but in this new trailer we see Deadpool and co. going up against them - first Deadpool, then Domino.
9. Frying Pan: The Ultimate Weapon
The efficacy of frying pans as a weapon has long since been established. Samwise Gamgee used a frying pan to battle the Goblins in Moria, a frying pan was heavily featured in the combat scenes of Disney's Tangled, and Marion took down a bad guy with a frying pan in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Naturally a weapons connoisseur like Deadpool knows how to wield a frying pan, and in this trailer we see him whacking a punk in the throat with a frying pan, then bringing it back around to block a shotgun blast.
8. A Real Bad Egg
Though we don't have an official word on who Julian Dennison is playing yet, the shot of him surrounded by fire in the last teaser has led some to believe that he's playing John Allerdyce a.k.a. Pyro, who in the comics is a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Pyro has already been played by two different actors in the X-Men movie universe (Alexander Burton and Aaron Stanford), but there's no reason why Dennison couldn't be playing another version. In this trailer we see Dennison's character dressed in a yellow jumpsuit during a scene where Deadpool and Cable both attack a DMC prison transport. Deadpool can be seen fighting one of the prisoners, and Dennison's character gives a rather rude two-fingered salute. It's a pretty safe bet that he's playing one of the movie's villains.
7. A Goonies Reference
Credit to THR's Ryan Parker (or rather, THR's Ryan Parker's buddy) for spotting this one. The colorful Hawaiian shirt that Wade is wearing in the scene where he's confronted by Cable in Blind Al's apartment is actually the same shirt that Chunk wears in Richard Donner's classic '80s adventure The Goonies. Donner, of course, is a superhero movie legend himself, having also directed the much-loved 1978 Superman movie. The question is - does this shirt mean that we'll get to see Wade do the Truffle Shuffle?
6. Dopinder Drives Again
In the first Deadpool movie, Wade imparted some wisdom on matters of the heart to taxi driver Dopinder - wisdom that drove Dopinder to kidnap his romantic rival and lock him in the trunk of the taxi. He also drove off with Deadpool's big bag of guns, and ended up getting caught with both his kidnap victim and the guns in his car. Apparently he found a way to get himself out of that jam, however, as both he and his taxi return in this trailer - caught up in a chaotic situation once more. It would be nice to think that Deadpool actually pays his cab fare in the sequel, but we wouldn't bet on it; carrying a wallet just ruins the line of his suit.
5. Vanessa Returns
Wade went to great lengths to rescue the love of his life (also the only woman who'll put up with him), Vanessa, from the clutches of Francis and Angel Dust in Deadpool, and she decided that she could look past his ugly mug and see the man she fell in love with underneath all that scar tissue. We only catch a brief glimpse of Vanessa in this new trailer, but she's still in her and Wade's old apartment. Whether Wade has moved back in, or whether he's decided he loves living with Blind Al too much to leave, remains to be seen. It's also possible (though unlikely) that this movie will see Vanessa transform into her superhero alter-ego from the comics, Copycat.
4. A Surprise Crews
It's hard to keep casting news under wraps while filming, but this trailer features a surprise new cast member: Terry Crews! The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star can be seen standing alongside Deadpool, Domino, and a group of other fighters in the back of a helicopter, but that's the only time we see his character in the trailer, and we have no confirmation yet as to who he's playing. Our best guess is that he's George Washington "G.W." Bridge, a member of a mercenary group of the comics called the Six Pack, which also counted Domino, Deadpool and Cable among its members.
3. Six Pack or X-Force?
Originally called the Wild Pack, until the name clashed with another mercenary group, the Six Pack is a gaggle of superheroes assembled by Cable, whose original intention was to put a stop to the supervillain Stryfe. Cable, Domino, Deadpool and G.W. Bridge were all members of the Six Pack, meaning that the superhero team we see assembled in this helicopter shot could well have been assembled by Cable himself. Cable has an antagonistic relationship with Deadpool throughout the trailer, but a common enemy might force the two to work together as part of a team - after they beat each other up a bit, of course. It's difficult to identify the other people in the helicopter, but the character standing behind Deadpool and Terry Crews has a helmet that looks similar to that of Shatterstar, a member of X-Force (another team that Deadpool, Domino and Cable have all belonged to in the comics). Given that there's an X-Force movie in the works at Fox, perhaps what we're seeing in this shot is the movie origins of that team.
2. Can We Trade Names?
The source of Captain Deadpool's bad case of name envy returns in this sequel, and Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead is seen powering up in her black-and-yellow X-Men suit in the trailer - complete with a cool new hair style (she didn't really have a style in the last movie - just bristles). In the comics, Negasonic Teenage Warhead was a minor mutant with psychic abilities who had a vision of death, and then died, but the movie version's powers are a bit more suited to her name. Basically, her power is exploding. After she was reinvented for the movie, Negasonic Teenage Warhead also returned in the comics, bearing a close resemblance to her movie counterpart (but still with the same psychic abilities).
1. Bonus: Quite a Handful
The international version of this trailer is almost exactly the same, but it does contain an extra treat: a shot of Deadpool in the X-Mansion being embraced by Colossus and - of course - taking advantage of the situation. As we saw in the last movie, Deadpool's flirting is not limited to just women, and it seems like the character is likely bisexual or pansexual (though he's going steady with Vanessa at the moment). Then again, maybe he's just grabbing Colossus' butt... for science.
Those are all the characters, Easter eggs, references, and obscure jokes that we spotted in the latest Deadpool 2 trailer! Did you catch something that we missed? Let us known in the comments!
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018