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Deadpool 2 Trailer Calls Out Josh Brolin As Thanos -- Twice

The new trailer for Deadpool 2 prominently features Josh Brolin's time-traveling Cable, but, as we've come to expect from the fourth wall-breaking Merc with a Mouth, it's sprinkled with references to other movies, including the actor's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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As we previously noted, Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson has a little fun at the expense of Justice League's CG mustache "fiasco," but he also makes two clear references to Brolin's villainous turn as Thanos, who's front and center in Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

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The first nod comes in voiceover as Deadpool questions the (purposely) unfinished CG on display as Cable is shown not with his metallic arm but instead a green sleeve, over which special effects will be added in post-production. What's on the surface a Justice League gag has a second layer, as Wade declares, "Ah, fuck it, I'll do it myself!," paraphrasing Thanos in his post-credits scene from 2015's Avengers: Age of Ulton, with an F-bomb added for good measure.

The second reference to Thanos is perhaps less obvious. Frustrated by the incomplete CGI, Wade presents his own sweded version of the sequence, employing action figures, Matchbox cars, plastic Army men, and construction-paper buildings. Voicing both the Deadpool and Cable roles in their miniature forms, Wade tells the gruff time traveler, "Zip it, Cable! I've got the stones to help you!" The figure then straddles Cable's face.

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Those "stones" are, yes, Deadpool's testicles, but also the Infinity Stones that Thanos has sought across the Marvel Cinematic Universe since his big-screen debut in 2012 in The Avengers. That quest continues in May in Infinity War -- that is, unless Deadpool's stones really do help him.

Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 features 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, Julian Dennison in an unknown role, and Jack Kesy as a villain widely thought to be Black Tom Cassidy. The film hits theaters on May 18.

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