Fox has already released a teaser and a full-length trailer for Deadpool 2, with fans now eagerly awaiting new footage to arrive on Thursday. This new trailer will arrive about six weeks after the previous one, and is almost certain to contain material from the much-discussed reshoots. So, we know it's dropping on Thursday, but when exactly?
Starring Ryan Reynolds, 2016's Deadpool was more than a decade in the making., but the time and effort spent getting Marvel's Merc With the Mouth his big Valentine's Day opening paying off at the box office, where it grossed north of $130 million in its first weekend. The film ultimately raked in more than $700 million worldwide, becoming the highest-earning R-rated film ever. Naturally, a sequel was quickly greenlit, originally slated to be released on June 1, but subsequently moved to May 18. For most fans, that date can come soon enough.
Luckily, however, they'll have Thursday's trailer to tide them over, at least for a little while. Based on the previous trailer, and Fox's standard practice, we can expect with reasonable certainty for the new Deadpool 2 footage to arrive Thursday at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, so you may want to set your alarms.
What format this new trailer might take is another question entirely. The initial teaser released in November famously parodied Bob Ross' television series The Joy of Painting, but offered less than 10 seconds of movie footage. By contrast, the first full trailer that dropped in February was packed with footage, but still left time for Deadpool to break the fourth wall, and take some jabs at Justice League, as well as co-star Josh Brolin's role as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Rumors that Deadpool 2 tested poorly with audiences emerged earlier this month but were almost immediately debunked by media outlets and star Brianna Hildebrand, who insisted February reshoots were intended merely to enhance the film by delivering demands for more Cable and Domino, and possibly to add a secret cameo.
"I think it's a common misconception, too -- that people think that reshoots are to fix things that people didn't like," Hildebrand said. "A lot of the time, reshoots are to add more of the things that people loved."
Josh Brolin confirmed reshoots were taking place in Vancouver, and whether -- in keeping with the self-referential spirit of Deadpool -- fans can expect any additional nods to his Thanos role. "I can't imagine there's not going to be any," he said. "[...] Given that it's a satire of all superhero movies, especially Marvel movies, how can you not?"
Opening May 18, director David Leitch's Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable.