You don’t need to have seen Deadpool 2 yet to know that things are going to get weird. That’s part and parcel for comic book movies these days -- the first Deadpool included a trippy, cartoon laden sequence after the Merc with a Mouth gets stabbed in the head and Doctor Strange’s journey to the various metaverses is still one of the most unsettling things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Deadpool 2's director, David Leitch, says those surreal, trippy moments are integral to the Deadpool franchise and largely what keeps him coming back to the character.
“I love graphic novels and comic books, obviously,” Leitch said in an interview with CBR’s Albert Ching (the full interview can be viewed above). “But I really have fallen in love with this world and this universe. Down the road, I hope there's another chapter for me -- within Deadpool, X-Force, I don't know, but it would be fun to be involved. I don't think there will ever be a sandbox that's so liberating as an artist, for me. Because action's important in it, and that's my specialty. Comedy is important, and that's something I love. But there's also this artistic, surreal stuff that you can do only in Deadpool. You couldn't get away with it in another Marvel movie, but Deadpool, you can take him to the afterlife, you can do whatever.”
Leitch is well acquainted with the surreal comic book movie scene, having just come off Atomic Blonde. That movie brought audiences into the espionage-fueled world that was the last days of the Berlin Wall dividing East and West Germany, when spies from all sides were converging for one last assignment. Atomic Blonde is a violent film that played with reality, often obfuscating the truth through an unreliable narrator and the revelation that reality is simple what we see and hear, and that might not actually be the truth.
Deadpool 2, in theaters now, is directed by David Leitch and was written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers/Cable, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, Julian Dennison as Russell Collins, Zazie Beetz as Neena Thurman/Domino, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy.