Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) returns and this time 'The Merc With The Mouth’s Movie' is bigger and more badass than ever. 'Deadpool' is an apple among oranges, when it comes to superheroes. He's irreverent. He's self-loathing. He's silly, childlike, violent, annoying. He’s a lot of things that other superheroes aren’t and he’s not really even a superhero. He’s kind of an antihero in superhero garb. 'Deadpool' is sort of like 'The ‘Hunchback Of Notre Dame'. He’s disfigured and incredibly empathetic. He’s got a great backstory. There’s the wish fulfillment of a guy who has these healing powers. He’s kind of invincible. And he’s irreverent. He says dark, funny bold shit that you can’t say, but we like to hear. That mixture is great for a character. 'Deadpool' is a self-deprecating, self-hating shame-spiral. Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is the love of Deadpool’s life. When we first meet Russell (Julian Dennison), he’s at an orphanage run by a crazy, insane man. Russell is at a low point, he’s really angry and sad and just wants to let it all out and blow stuff up. As 'Firefist', he’s able to shoot fireballs out of his hands. His powers are an extension of himself, it’s how he speaks if he’s full of rage. By the end of the film, he's very strong and knows how to use his powers and control them. 'Firefist' provides 'Deadpool' the connection to his old life.
Cable (Josh Brolin) is a time-traveling warrior infected with the techno-organic virus that renders him cybernetic. 'Deadpool' is still on the fringe, he hasn’t really made much of his life and he's still scrounging to get by, which is always endearing. The Cable character has also lost a great deal. He has lost his wife and daughter at the hands of a mad man, and he’s doing anything in his power, including traveling back in time, to solve that issue and bring them back. In this, there's an undercurrent of real emotion and depth that counterbalances the humor. It’s not just farce or a romp. It has real emotional underpinnings and the combination is where we like to live. Cable is a stalwart of 'X-Force'. 'Deadpool' is the gateway into the 'X-Force' world, and an essential part. Cable is the straight man to 'Deadpool’s' madness. He provides an almost parallel emotional core. Despite them being very different, they’re very similar in that they’re both broken. They’ve both lost something and are in search of something. Ultimately, they find each other. They're incredibly strong-willed personalities. One sees the world in black and white in a very serious way, and the other sees the world in fuchsia and technicolor and every shade of grey in between. Sparks fly between them. This is not a buddy movie in any way, but you can see the beginnings of a partnership that may yield even bigger results in the future.
Domino (Zazie Beetz) is a badass combatant with a unique power. It’s an unknown power of probabilities, kind of a luck power. She’s wonderfully unpredictable in that way. She's also a stalwart of 'X-Force'. It’s this ragtag group of dysfunctional, morally improper or uncentered folks. She doesn’t put up with Deadpool’s shit at all. She rolls her eyes and can’t believe she’s involved with this ragtag group of fuck-ups and yet, that’s exactly where she fits in. She’s sarcastic and sardonic. She goes head to head with 'Deadpool', and doesn’t take his shit. Domino does her own thing. She’s not really a sidekick, she holds her own. She’s a mercenary and does her job and then heads out. She knows what she’s got, and it’s interesting because that can open up the discussion of where does that luck end and begin? Because her past is quite tragic. If everything just works out for you, then what’s the point in even being motivated to do anything? She struggles with that a lot. Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) has grown and matured a lot since the last film. Maybe she has figured out more about herself. Before, she was really rebellious and she still has an attitude, but she’s more comfortable now and not necessarily trying to rebel as much as she's just being herself. Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) is very happy Tokyo-style kind of girl, with a very pink, posh hairstyle. But she’s a badass assassin. Yukio is 'NTW’s' new girlfriend. 'NTW' is more cynical and cold, but Yukio is always trying to see the positive side of everything.
When Deadpool meets Dopinder (Karan Soni), he doesn’t make fun of him. Instead, he becomes his friend and wants to help. The world of 'Deadpool' is very dark and bloody and Dopinder sees all that. He’s just living with the biggest smile on his face. He’s a cool addition to the universe because the movie is quite dark and it’s nice to have this bright light walking and driving around everywhere, innocent. In the second movie, Dopinder’s motivation has changed. In the first, he’s romantically motivated. In this one, he’s motivated by 'Deadpool'. He looks up to him and wants to be like him. Weasel (T.J. Miller) is back as 'Deadpool’s' confidante. Besides running the mercenary bar, 'Sister Mary Margaret’s School For Wayward Girls', he deals weapons. So that’s a big part of what’s mysterious about him. How does he have all these hook-ups? He doesn’t have any friends except 'Deadpool'. He’s a confusing dude at times. Weasel and 'Deadpool' are not partners. They work together, but Weasel bets on him to die. The only reason they’re friends is there’s no one more selfish than the other one.
Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) is 'Deadpool's' unlikely roommate. She doesn’t care, she says exactly what's on her mind, and she likes throwing those F-bombs. It's fascinating, because you think that because she’s blind, she’s going to be quiet, kind of sedate. And she's totally the opposite of that. She’s been around the block, she doesn’t take any nonsense and she just says whatever she wants to say. That's why the relationship between her and Deadpool is terrific. It’s kind of like best buddy, mother-son, because he knows that anything he says is safe with her. But any BS that he tries to pull she’s right there to tell him but quick with one line what needs to be done. She kind of like the priest when he needs to confess certain things. She’s there to listen and try to give him advice. Their relationship is more than just a roommate situation, there’s a deep friendship between them. Black Tom (Jack Kesy) iscone of the inmates of the mutant prison, where all the mutants wear dampening collars to prevent them from using their special powers. When 'Deadpool' and Russell arrive at 'The Mutant Prison', Black Tom and his sidekick Sluggo (Robert Maillet), have it in for them. Tom menaces young Russell. Black Tom sees vitality, youth, strength, power, his potential; and he wants all of it. He’s always scheming, trying to find a way out.
'The Broadstone House, Essex School For The Young' tries to teach mutant children to suppress their urges to explore their abilities. 'The Headmaster' (Eddie Marson) is a genetic fundamentalist who tries to tell children to control their urges. The orphanage is full of young mutant children with extraordinary powers. 'The Headmaster' has developed a type of cognitive therapy that stops them from exploring these abilities. He has created a form of torture so that whenever they think about using their powers, they remember the pain he’s inflicted on them and that stops them using it. 'The Headmaster' tortures Russell just as he tortures the other mutant children. One of the reasons why Russell turns bad and becomes dangerous is because of what 'The Headmaster' has done. Colossus (Andre Tricoteux) comes from Russia and he’s one of the original 'X-Men'. He’s educated, stoic, well-mannered, polite, and rarely loses his temper. He looks out for everybody else; the prototypical big brother. He turns into metal and obviously has great strength, speed and power. 'Deadpool' and Colossus have always had a kind of big brother/little brother thing. Colossus is 'Deadpool’s' moral compass, he’s always trying to keep him on the straight and narrow. He tries to help train him to become an 'X-Man'. And of course, 'Deadpool' finds ways to screw everything up.
Bedlam (Terry Crews) can manipulate electrical fields and he can cause you pain and make you confused. It’s a very psychological weapon; he literally sends his brain power. Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) is a bioengineered warrior from a different planet that's raised as a gladiator. He fights for money and performance. He’s got a badass haircut, and hollow bones. He uses swords and he can channel shockwaves through them. He was engineered to be the greatest warrior and he’s a natural born killer. Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard) can puke acidic vomit and incinerate people. Peter (Rob Delaney) is a regular dude who, for some reason, answers an ad that 'Deadpool' puts in the paper. Everybody else who answers is a legitimate superhero with either mutant powers or some kind of other powers and then there’s Peter, who has no powers at all. He’s earnest and has no bullshit and 'Deadpool' admires that because everybody else is like.
As little as six years ago if someone talked about a "Deadpool" sequel you would’ve looked at them like a dog looks at grapes. But here we're, millions of tickets and billions of tacos later and the world is a different place. Yet one thing remains the same; people love sequels. And that’s where this film totally succeeds. The film takes some liberties, but he sticks true to the sources. 'X-Force' is the second best-selling comic of all time. The film creates a couple of different cool universes, but there’s something that’s undeniably fascinating about the 'Deadpool' universe; it re-imagined the action-comedy. The beauty of “Deadpool” is, the more obscure the reference, the funnier it's. There’s the satire and the irreverence of the R-rated comedy, and this over the top action. It’s going to be jaw-dropping. ”Deadpool” does not take the genre seriously, and it also doesn’t take itself seriously. In this movie, 'Deadpool' makes fun of himself. He makes fun of the writing. He makes fun of Fox. He makes fun of all the things associated with the franchise, so it softens those jokes about other people when we’re also willing to make jokes about ourselves.
“Deadpool” is known as a comedy, but there’s a real beating heart to it. The secret sauce of “Deadpool” is this emotional core. It’s a character that’s been kicked and knocked down, and life’s been really tough on him, as a character with cancer and this terrible scarring on his face. Kids related to 'Spider-Man' because it was a nerdy little kid, and then he put on the mask and he was this amazing super hero. And people tap into 'Deadpool' because they see a character whose life has been tough and he somehow overcomes it all, laughs about it and wins in the end. “Deadpool” is finding that balance between the comedy, the action, and the emotion. Comics are like 'The Bible'. You better stick to exactly how that character is in the comics. “Deadpool 2” is filled with an assortment of nasty antagonists, but there's no one main villain. 'Deadpool’s' a character who breaks all the rules, he breaks the fourth wall. We, in turn, do the same. The film doesn’t have the traditional mustache-twirling villain. It’s an unusual structure.
To keep storylines and even characters under wraps, the film creates code names for every key character in the script, and the actual title as well. Sometimes it's like working at 'The CIA'; for the goal of keeping the movie fresh and not spoiling it for anybody. But if all the secrecy pays off, fans will be more than a little surprised to meet a slate of previously unannounced superheroes that 'Deadpool' recruits to go up against an ultimate foe. As they’re about to embark on their maiden mission, they dub themselves 'X-Force'. There are a number of exciting gags, and just trying to figure out the balance between visual and practical effects..The aesthetic feels earthy. It’s soulful and there’s something kind of retro about it, too. "Deadpool 2” is bigger, crazier, than the first. All of the set pieces are three times what you saw in the first one. The challenge is always do something you haven’t done before and keep everything new and dynamic. Is "Deadpool 2" better than "Deadpool? Not really. But it’s still pretty damn good.