Warning: This post contains a spoiler section for DEADPOOL 2!

DEADPOOL 2 is out in theaters now, providing a sequel that is better than its predecessor. Even with its new characters, bigger action, and bigger budget, none of these are the best thing about this film. The best thing about this film is it’s plot, providing audiences with a Wade Wilson with some more dimension, and a story that makes more narrative sense than the first.

Cinematic Universe or Franchise: DEADPOOL 2’s Effect on X-MEN

The New Characters- Cable and Domino are Epic

DEADPOOL 2 introduces us to several new characters, as Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) determines to create his own team. Going with the gender-neutral, somewhat derivative “X-Force” name, Deadpool’s team comprises of Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Vanisher (Spoiler), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and Peter (Rob Delaney), who has no powers.

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Domino happens to be the X-Force member who gets the most screen time with her powers of luck. Deadpool argues that luck isn’t a superpower, nor very cinematic, but audiences members will probably disagree. Domino shines with some pretty cool and awesome action shots. Everything pretty much works in her favor for great effect.

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Cable (Josh Brolin), the film’s initial antagonist, is depicted perfectly. A time-traveler from the future, Cable goes back to our present in order to kill a kid that does him harm in the future. Very serious, and very annoyed by Deadpool, Cable sports a massive gun and a metal robotic arm just as he does in the comics.

Josh Brolin’s performance is amazing, and he is the perfect choice to play the time-traveling soldier. It’s like he lept from the comics page and onto the screen. However, it would have been nice to see a little more time with just him and his background personality.

That being said, the interactions between Cable and Deadpool are incredible. It’s everything a comics fan could hope for. Seeing them fight each other, and later fighting together is super epic and fun. There’s also a fair amount of depth to their relationship beyond the pure humor of their contrasting personalities. Without giving too much away, Wade and Cable find a point of common ground, which is really cool to see.

Old Characters Make their Return

Characters from the first DEADPOOL make their return as well. Wade’s girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is still around and lives with him. Colossus (Stephan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) return as the main X-Men Wade interacts with. Negasonic also bring along her new girlfriend Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) along for the ride. Also, Wade’s friends Weasel (T.J Miller), Dopinder (Karan Soni), and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) return as well.

Wade is trying to start a family with Vanessa. Shortly after, he decides to become an X-Man trainee. Later on, when that doesn’t exactly pan out, Weasel and Dopinder assist him in forming X-Force. Bind Al is present during a time where Wade Wilson is struggling. That’s as much as I can say about these characters without getting too spoilery.

The Extreme 90s Origins of DEADPOOL 2’s X-Force

The Surprising Plot- Wade Wilson and Family

As previously mentioned, DEADPOOL 2 provides a plot that is surprisingly deep. As Wade shares in the film’s first act:

“DEADPOOL 2 is a family film.”

This claim proves true, as the story has everything to do with Deadpool needing to figure out how to connect and be a part of a family. Preferring to work alone, Wade discovers that having a family isn’t so bad, even if it might not be the one he expects.

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We actually get to see Wade care about others, even if it’s in his own wacky way. Much of the plot has to do with Wade sticking his neck out for a mutant kid, named Firefist, even when many would rather ignore and toss him aside. The level of depth to Wade Wilson is well-balanced.

There’s not enough to make the film too serious, but just enough to give Wade more dimension. Before he gets too deep, he goes back to being the wisecracking, fourth-wall breaking Merc with a Mouth we all know. We get to see him adapt and grow beyond the character we see in the first DEADPOOL. Again, it’s a welcome surprise and not something I expected out of this film.

The Humor- A Lot More Fourth Wall Breaks

While this is a film about family, it’s not one you should necessarily bring your kids to. As expected, DEADPOOL 2 is full of irreverent and crude humor, lewd jokes, vulgarity, and graphic scenes both of the violent and sexual variety. However, because DEADPOOL 2 contains a more focused plot, the majority of the humor comes from Deadpool’s incessant breaking of the fourth wall and excellent delivery of pop culture references.

This works for me, as I’m a firm believer that not every single joke has to be vulgar or sexual in order to get a laugh (Some movies have too much and lose the audience). Wade Wilson makes several incredible jokes that reference MCU characters as well as DC characters. I’m going to share my favorite ones, but if you don’t want any spoilers at all and would rather wait until you see the movie itself feel free to skip ahead to the Final Thoughts section.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Here are some of Deadpool’s best jokes about the MCU and DC:

He gives an excuse to Vanessa saying that he was late because he was fighting a guy with a cape and he discovers his mother’s name is Martha too. This is a reference to the ending of BATMAN V SUPERMAN.  Wade momentarily loses his powers and says that all he needs is a bow and arrow and he’s basically Hawkeye.

When he sees Cable for the first time, he complains, wondering why every bad guy has a Winter Soldier arm. Cable asks Wade Wilson who he is, and he replies that he’s Batman in a deep voice. He refers to Domino as Black Black Widow and Cable as Thanos, as actor Josh Brolin also plays Thanos in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.

When Wade Wilson is in the X-Mansion, he complains that he never sees any other X-Men besides Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Yukio. As he’s complaining, we see the entirety of the X-Men seated in a room. They close the door right before Wade would have seen them, which is incredibly awesome and hilarious.

There are plenty more really funny moments like this, these just happen to be the few that I really enjoyed.

DEADPOOL 2: A Word With Tim Miller

Final Thoughts on DEADPOOL 2

Deadpool 2 takes everything that did well in the first DEADPOOL and goes further with it to great effect. The action is bigger. The jokes are funnier, and the plot makes more sense with just enough depth to keep viewers invested in them. This film has heart, while still having all of the humor, both crude and self-referential, that the DEADPOOL franchise is known for.

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This film also has some amazing cameos as well as one of the best Marvel post-credits screen ever. Please stay for them, you will be dying from laughter in your seat. It’s amazing.

DEADPOOL 2 is in theaters now! Go see it!

DEADPOOL 2 Review Score
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Summary
DEADPOOL 2 exceeds it's predecessor, being way funnier and having a plot with depth and heart.
89 %
Funny with Depth

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