The final trailer for Deadpool 2 overflows with references, jabs at other franchises and scenes that tease such familiar Marvel Comics mutants as Shatterstar, Bedlam, Domino and, of course, Cable. It gives fans a reason to watch it more than once, because once you're done laughing, you'll want to count the number of new characters.
Several of the members of the fledgling X-Force are introduced introduced in an audition. It's there an observant Deadpool fan might notice another character hiding behind the parade of mutant mercenaries ... and Peter. In the background, there's a tall poster hanging in the hallway -- the blue sketch of a woman in a very revealing cowgirl outfit.
To the casual observer, it's just more of the same kind of artwork a guy like Wade Wilson might have in his bedroom ... or superhero team headquarters. But comics fans might recognize that cowgirl as none other than Outlaw, one of Deadpool's closest allies.
Inez Temple was introduced in 2002 in Marvel Comics' Deadpool #65, written by Gail Simone and illustrated by Udon Studios, as a mutant with superhuman strength. She was bullied at school and given the nickname "crazy Inez," which continues to anger her. She grew up to become a mercenary, which is how she met Deadpool, with whom she had flirtationship of sorts until the events of Deadpool: Suicide Kings, in which he accidentally destroys her apartment, and ends up buying her a new one. That's when things between them became a little more intimate.
She's not just one of Deapool's allies. Outlaw has been a friend to a few of the X-Men, like Magma and Skids, with whom she shared a room during her time as one of the 198 survivors during Decimation.
Despite her long history with the X-Men and the Merc With the Mouth, so far it looks like Deadpool 2 is content with merely referencing Outlaw through that mural. Still, she's technically in Fox's X-Men film universe. While it wouldn't be that strange for the R-rated superhero sequel to include something as wild as a shapely, lasso- and pistol-wielding cowgirl fighting beside the rest of the action heroes, it's unlikely the we'll be seeing Outlaw adapted to live-action, at least, not in a way that resembles the character depicted on that poster and definitely not as a love-interest for Wade. Not as long as Vanessa is still there.
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 hits theaters on May 18.