To Me, My X-Men!
If you squint, you might mistake the pink ankle sock-wearing Wade Wilson for Charles Xavier as he makes himself at home in the X-Men founder's signature wheelchair. However, we're still not sure what to make of Xavier's decorating choices: portraits of Karl Marx, Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama?
No, That's Not the X-Mansion
The presence of the X-Men's iconic Blackbird might lead you to conclude that's the poor man's version of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngster. Don't worry, it's not; Deadpool 2 filmed at Hatley Castle in British Columbia, which served for the stand-in for the X-Mansion in X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Instead, this appears to be part of an institution that we can presume is connected to the cult that was central to the action of the first trailer, but is sidelined in this one. We see this same location through this trailer, when Julian Dennison's character stands among debris, Deadpool hits a guard in the head with a brick, Surge springs into action, and Domino takes down a guard in a burning building.
'Isn't It a Little Derivative?'
Deadpool is nothing if not self-aware, as this trailer once again demonstrates. In assembling his new team, he has one eye on brand longevity, saying, "We need them tough, morally flexible, and young enough to carry their own franchise for 10 to 12 years." When he arrives at a name for this group, X-Force, Zazie Beetz's Domino observes, "Isn't that a little derivative?"
Wade Wilson returns to that theme at the end of the trailer, when he tells T.J. Miller's Weasel, "It lives up to the hype, plus-plus." "Fuck it, they probably won't even make a three," Weasel replies. "Why would they?" Deadpool concludes. "If you stop at two, you've killed it."
ANY Time Is the Right Time For a Crop Top
While it's possible this yellow-and-black crop top is Deadpool's aborted attempt to create and X-Force team uniform, we desperately hope it's a souvenir from his visit to the X-Mansion. In between copping a feel of Colossus and taking Professor Xavier's wheelchair for a joyride, Wade somehow found time to raid the mansion's closets or laundry room for decades-old, musty sportswear. It just seems right.
A Reminder: Deadpool 2 Is Funny AND Violent
In case all the jokes made you forget about the decapitated head in the opening moments of the trailer, Deadpool 2 brings everything full circle, and gruesomely up-close, with this shot of a gun-sized hole made in Wade Wilson's hand, and the barrel that's stuck into it. You're welcome for the screenshot.
Coupled with the sequence in which Deadpool pops back up after being plowed down by a speeding truck, it's also a good reminder that, with his accelerated healing factor, the Merc With a Mouth is virtually impossible to kill. Horribly disfigure, yes; kill, no.
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, T.J. Miller as Weasel and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Julian Dennison in an unknown role, and Jack Kesy. The film hits theaters on May 18.