Deadpool 2 is continuing its promotional blitz, and won’t stop throwing shade at its competitors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe.
In the comics, the Merc With A Mouth is known for breaking the fourth wall—he’s fully aware that he’s in a comic and also seems to have a passing knowledge of comic book properties in the real world. This has transferred well to his cinematic counterpart (played by Ryan Reynolds), who has poked fun at his own series (namely, the confusing X-Men timelines) and others.
It began in the first trailer, when Deadpool stopped the action to note that the CGI on Cable (Josh Brolin) is unfinished. “It’s a metal arm! It’s not like we’re trying to remove a mustache!” he said, in a clear nod to Henry Cavill’s infamous CGI lip from Justice League.
Speaking of Cable, Deadpool is aware that Brolin is also playing the villain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. “Ah, f*ck it, I’ll do it myself” is a nod to Thanos’ dramatic line in Avengers: Age of Ultron’s post-credit scene, and “Zip it, Cable! I got the Stones to help you” is a reference to the Infinity Stones that Thanos is trying to obtain.
In the most recent trailer, Deadpool is stabbed in the shoulder by Cable. This doesn’t phase the immortal much. “So dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?” The DCEU films have been criticized for being overly dour and deconstructive, as well as for their excessive violence (see: Metropolis’ fate in Man of Steel). Incidentally, this may also be an acknowledgement that “DC Extended Universe” is not an official name for the franchise.
If Deadpool is managing this much in trailers, we can only guess how many gags the movie can hold. It will be released May 18, 2018.
T.J. Miller is one of the featured stars in the upcoming sequel Deadpool 2. Miller knows fans are looking forward to the new film and they are doing so with a bit of concern. Fans want a great sequel. Concerns exist that the new sequel may go too far into the humor direction that it becomes a slapstick feature instead of an offbeat hero film. Miller wants fans to feel confident that the forthcoming Deadpool feature won’t be a “Hangover 2-style” film.
Fans don’t want to be disappointed in Deadpool 2. Passion helped convince the studio to make the film. Fans don’t want to see that passion abandoned or ignored.
Out of all the superhero films produced, Deadpool was the supreme sleeper hit that exceeded all expectations. The film was a low-budget affair in which the studio, FOX, assumed would be a minor hit. Deadpool turned out to be a mega-hit. The film earned hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide creating a brand-new franchise for FOX. And FOX needed a new franchise since The Fantastic Four was destroyed due to a lousy reboot.
Miller wants fans to know the new film retains all the humor that made the original so unique. Along with the humor comes a darker tone. Fans of the comic book know Deadpool’s origins are quite dark. His humorous outlook and attitude derives from an attempt to cover up pain. How much the motion picture chooses to delve into this nature of the character shall be revealed in the new series.
Miller understands fans hold a special attachment to Deadpool due to the anti-hero’s unique nature. Miller’s reaching out to fans shows the actor wants them to know the new film may even top the original in terms of thrills, action, humor, and originality.
Josh Brolin has been very busy in the world of cinematic superhero adventures. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Brolin plays the role of the all-powerful Thanos. Thanos is the super-nemesis battling The Avengers in the upcoming Infinity War film. Over in FOX’s X-Men Universe, Brolin is playing the mutant Cable in the highly-anticipated Deadpool 2.
Whether Brolin’s performance of Cable will be embraced by fans won’t be known until the release day arrives. So far, all we have to go on is the image of the “cool Cable haircut” Brolin is sporting.
Yes, the hair style Brolin sports in the preview images for the film garners news among fans of all things X-Men. The haircut is not a perfect rendition of the one Cable sports in the comics, but it is good enough. Fans should appreciate attempt at being faithful to the comic character.
Casual fans of comic book movies might not think little touches such as recreating a faithful haircut means anything. Getting the look of the character right really is important and not just to the serious film fans. Crafting the perfect rendition of the character helps Josh Brolin out quite a bit as well.
Actors who feel enthusiasm for a role are more likely to perform well. Audiences do take to actors who really get into a role. There is a certain realness associated with enthusiastic performances. When extra care goes into making sure the character created for the screen is faithful to the original concept, a little extra enthusiasm is generated in the actor’s direction.
And then there is a big question that needs to be asked. Will Brolin appear in a solo film featuring Cable? FOX absolutely would love to add another hit franchise to their production schedule. Let’s leave it at that.