Spoiler warning for Deadpool 2.
Deadpool 2's trailers lied to audiences in some surprising ways: while the sequel delivered on a lot of its promise, although those who followed the marketing campaign may feel like they were duped. The initial marketing for the R-rated sequel advertised Deadpool's "second coming" as more of the same, but bigger, raunchier, and with the notable addition of Josh Brolin as Cable, the cult classic Marvel comics character who was first teased in the post-credits scene of the original movie.
In order to preserve the surprises in store for audiences, the trailers for Deadpool 2 went to great lengths to hide much of the film's true plot and the appearance of main villains like Juggernaut and the Headmaster of Essex House. Rather than follow the annoying trend of trailers giving away the whole movie, Fox opted to focus on the core conflict between Deadpool Wilson, and Cable. They also teased an expanded romance between Wade Wilson and his special lady friend, Vanessa, as well as the formation of X-Force, a crack team of mutant soldiers (and Peter).
It, of course, started with a cheeky Bob Ross pastiche, so we should have known not to expect a straight-lined ad campaign. Still, with the movie finally out and its true story known to all, it's interesting to see how the trailers were able to conceal the film's myriad twists and story developments. Here's the things that had us most tricked.
- This Page: X-Force Was A Complete Red Herring
- Page 2: Deadpool 2's Jokes And Plot Were Different In The Trailers
That X-Force Was Important... At All
The biggest trick Deadpool's trailers achieved was making audiences believe the film was about the Merc with a Mouth assembling a team of mutants to fight Cable and protect "a kid," revealed in the film to be Russell Collins aka Firefist. It had been widely publicized that X-Force was the next logical step for the Fox sub-franchise and that Drew Goddard's upcoming X-Force movie is expected to essentially be Deadpool 3. In today's world of blockbuster franchises and cinematic universes, it only made sense for Deadpool 2 to set things up to segue smoothly into that presumed next movie, and the trailers pushed this angle hard.
The final trailer for Deadpool 2 revolved entirely around Wade Wilson putting together an X-Force team, and the short clip included shots of Bedlam (Terry Crews) and Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) fighting on city streets... shots which are not in the finished film. The biggest and boldest joke Deadpool 2 plays is how it goes to great lengths to set up the X-Force as an elite squad of skilled misfits and Peter, only to kill them off during the opening salvo of their first mission.
After some clever foreshadowing regarding the wind advisory in effect over the area, everyone is thrown off course and nearly the entire team is killed horribly while Deadpool watches in horror; Bedlam crashes face-first into the windshield of a bus (though he's seen receiving CPR treatment later, so maybe he survived), Shatterstar gets shredded by a helicopter's blades, Vanisher gets electrocuted on electrical cables (revealing the face of Brad Pitt), and Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) has the misfortune to land in a wood chipper. As he's being tended to by Peter, he pukes acid on him, melting his arm off and killing him.
The only X-Force recruit who survives is Domino, who goes on to play a key supporting role for the rest of the film.
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