Deadpool Brings His Own Six Pack
The trailer brings with it the introduction of a super-team from X-Men lore, but it isn't X-Force, as you might expect, given that Deadpool 2 is supposed to lay the groundwork for a spinoff franchise. No, as we explain elsewhere on CBR, it's probably Six Pack (aka Wild Pack), a team of futuristic mercenaries to which Cable and Domino once belonged. But we'll have to wait for some official clarification before we know for certain.
Julian Dennison's Mysterious Character Sends Greetings
Previously glimpsed in the teaser, standing in a burning "church," Julian Dennison of Hunt for the Wilderpeople returns here, with a double-handed, two-finger salute. More importantly, though, he's wearing a uniform from what's most likely a mutant prison or internment camp, and a power-dampening collar, seemingly confirming that his still-unnamed character does indeed have mutant abilities.
But who is he? Taken together, the teaser and this trailer suggest he plays a central role to the story of Deadpool 2. What if, rather than Hope Summers, he's the young mutant upon whose shoulders rests the future of mutankind? It would be only fitting for this franchise to zig instead of zag, and offer up a "savior" who's kind of an asshole.
Another Crisp High-Five?
The trailer continues its roll call with the return of Karan Soni as Dopinder, the good-natured taxi driver who makes the mistake first of befriending Deadpool, and then of taking his advice. As a result his cousin and romantic rival Bandhu ended up kidnapped and tied up in the trunk of the cab, which later crashed into a truck. Dopinder's taxi has either been repaired or replaced since the events of Deadpool, but the whereabouts of Bandhu are, as of yet, unknown.
Cable vs. the Convoy
Here's where things get confusing (which is saying something, considering time travel is involved), even as potential clues to the film's plot emerge. In this sequence, Cable confronts some a cattle car-like truck emblazoned with "DMC," just like on the riot gear we saw earlier. Deadpool himself is soon after spotted on the vehicle, which is most certainly a prison transport, fighting an inmate.
All of that's fine and good, but why is this scene taking place in the present day? That isn't somewhere from Cable's dystopian timeline, but rather present-day Vancouver (or whatever city it's standing in for). Are mutants being hunted down and detained in Deadpool's present, or is there some kind of bleeding of realities?
Wade's Time Might Be Up
Only adding to that mystery is the appearance of Wade Wilson in some kind of mutant detention center, where he seems to be staging either a prison break or an infiltration. Again, does this sequence unfold in the presence, indicating an even darker corner of Deadpool's world than was previously known, or are we glimpsing a dystopian future -- and a future Wade?
Perhaps -- just perhaps -- Cable's reason for traveling into the past is to prevent Deadpool from doing something that will alter the course of history, and not in a good way. That might certainly explain Cable's final line in the trailer: "Your time's up, you dumb fuck."
'Well, That's Just Lazy Writing'
But, of course, with this being a Deadpool movie, even the darkest moments leave room for levity. Cable's threat is met by quickly drawn guns from Wade and Leslie Uggams' Blind Al (who certainly has the best of intentions). And just in case weapons fails, there's always a fourth wall-breaking quip: "Well, that's just lazy writing."
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 sees the return of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Julian Dennison in an unknown role, and Jack Kesy as a villain widely thought to be Black Tom Cassidy. The eagerly awaited sequel arrives in theaters on May 18.