WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
After Ed Skrein's mixed reviews as Ajax, the villain in Deadpool, fans were anxious to learn who would play the main antagonist in the hit X-film's sequel. But espite the movie's ubiquitous marketing campaign, the truth about who is pulling the strings when Wade Wilson's world is turned upside down by the arrival of Cable has been kept shockingly under wraps.
That doesn't mean there weren't;t theories, though. For nearly a year, almost a year now, it has been rumored that Jack Kesy had been cast as classic X-Men foe, Black Tom Cassidy, a mutant who can generate thermokinetic blasts along with his other powers including telekinesis and growth. Furthermore, it was rumored that Kesy's character would be the primary foil for Deadpool and his newly-formed X-Force teammates. There was no sight of the character in any of the trailers or promotion material for Deadpool 2, though, and for good reason: He only plays a minor part in the film.
This likely explains another amor which suggested that Black Tom had been cut from the movie entirely, presumably making way for Cable to take his place. One of the film's writers, Rhett Reese, used Twitter to quickly debunk this particular theory -- and as it turns it, he was telling the truth.
But despite all of the speculation surrounding Kesy's character, he didn't end up as anything more than a glorified cameo.
The trailers and TV spots positioned Josh Brolin's futuristic Cable as the big bad of the movie. Visibly facing off against Deadpool over the fate of Julian Dennison's character, whom was later revealed to be Russell Collins, it was a fair shout to assume that Reynolds and Brolin would be facing off against each other ahead of teaming up in the upcoming X-Force film.
The movie itself makes this appear to be true for quite some time, too. Cable comes from the future into the present to kill Firefist -- the much-ridiculed superhero alias of Russell -- but it's not explained why until late in the movie. Until then, Deadpool does his very best to prevent the young character from being brutally murdered when they come face to face to with the cybernetic mutant in the Ice Box prison.
Eddie Marsan's character, the headmaster of an orphanage that tortures the kids that inhabit it, actually plays a pivotal role in the grand scheme of things. As Cable reveals in the latter half of the movie, Russell is actually responsible for the death of his family -- and many others -- in the future. While he's not yet a mass murderer when we meet him, young Russell gets a taste for killing and goes on a spree after claiming his first life -- that of the aforementioned headmaster. It's up to Deadpool, Cable, Domino, and co. to stop such a thing from happening to change the future that Cable knew.
Another villain (somewhat) shows his face, too. As speculated due to an individual track name on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, Juggernaut does indeed appear in the movie. Kept away from the rest of the mutant inmates in the Ice Box, he's aided in breaking free by Russell and plans to perform some dastardly deeds at his new-found friend's wish.
Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Surge all get involved in taking down Juggernaut, while the other heroes manage to stop the real villain of Deadpool 2: Dennison's Russell, aka Firefist. Though he first seemed like a misunderstand, overpowered kid, in the end, he becomes exactly what Cable knew him as, and as a result, the sequel's main villain was right there in the promotional material all along.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable and Julian Dennison as Russell. The film opens Friday in theaters nationwide.