Deadpool 2 comes up with a 10-year legacy video similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's. With the sequel all geared up for its theatrical debut tomorrow, Ryan Reynolds and his creative team has fully rolled out the viral marketing campaign that the franchise has been known for, but this time, the Merc with a Mouth spoofs the MCU's commemorative clip that traces back the franchise's history from Iron Man all the way to Avengers: Infinity War.
For a time, it felt like Fox was holding back on the marketing for Deadpool 2, at least compared to its predecessor from 2016. But as it turns out, the studio was only waiting to get Infinity War out of the way so as to not compete with the Marvel Studios juggernaut project for people's attention. With only three weeks to spare since the culminating film's release, Reynolds wasted no time in making sure that fans are all hyped up for the arrival of the David Leitch-directed sequel.
The clip chronicles the history of the Deadpool franchise from 2008 to 2018, also giving it a 10-year history like Marvel Studios' MCU - it even has the same format, aesthetic, as well as the use of dramatic background music. Clocking in at just over a minute, the clip features only Deadpool, unlike the MCU's version which had commentaries from several key players in the film series, as he narrates what happened in the last decade that led to the creation of the upcoming sequel. As expected, the bit is infused with the character's signature brand of humor as he honestly speaks about Reynolds' starring in Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which certainly didn't help their cause, as well as Fox's multiple rejections of the project. Things, however, picked up when the test footage mysteriously leaked online and the rest is history. Check out the clip above.
While the video passes it off as funny, the journey for the first Deadpool film to be made, let alone a second one, has been tumultuous. Reynolds had been trying to make the film for quite a few years, but with no luck, until the sample footage from the film made the rounds online just as San Diego Comic-Con was ending in 2015. Since then, it has been the fans who pushed for the project to get the green light, which Fox eventually gave, but only allocated the movie a measly $58 million budget. As everybody knows, the movie became the sleeper hit of 2016, pocketing a total of $783 million, making it the overall highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. After that, the studio quickly gave the team the go-ahead for the sequel.
Separate as they are right now, there's a good chance that the growing Deadpool franchise will eventually join the MCU once the Fox/Disney buyout is finalized sometime next year. It's currently unknown how the Merc with a Mouth will blend with other more kid-friendly heroes such as the Avengers. Nonetheless, Reynolds has expressed his desire to rub elbows with Earth's Mightiest Heroes, which fans are definitely excited about.
Source: 20th Century Fox
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