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Deadpool 2 Delivers a Sick (and Subtle) X-Men Origins: Wolverine Burn

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The third and final trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 arrived today, delivering even more of the Merc with a Mouth’s unique brand of filth, ferocity and fourth-wall-breaking. However, while some of the metatextual snark is obvious, such as Wade Wilson throwing shade at the grim and gritty DC Extended Universe, other instances are a bit more reserved.

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In the final scene of the trailer before the title card, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool prepares to square off against Josh Brolin’s Cable. Encouraging his time-traveling foe to “bring it on” (while also throwing in a tasteful Goonies nod for good measure), Wade draws his katana and slices one of the bullets Cable fires at him clean in half. After giving viewers a moment to admire the beauty of that shot, Cable then proceeds to empty the rest of his magazine at Deadpool, who twirls his katana to deflect the remaining projectiles. When the camera pans out, though, it quickly becomes clear that several of them are still hitting their mark.

“Your bullets, they’re really fast,” Wade says, as he examines the numerous holes in his torso.

Of course, fans who’ve remained loyal to Fox’s X-Men franchise through both the good and the bad will likely recall Reynolds’ first outing as Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While the majority of the creative decisions surrounding his character in that film were questionable, one of, if not the only standout moment is when he emerges from an elevator and uses his katana to deflect a barrage of automatic weapon fire. Then, much like he does in the trailer, he slices one of the bullets in half, sending the pieces into the foreheads of two of the gunmen.

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While Reynolds doesn’t mention X-Men Origins by name in the trailer, this scene is clearly meant to acknowledge the film that nearly killed the prospect of Deadpool ever returning to the big screen. Plus, just to throw some salt in the wound, it even pokes fun at the physics-defying notion of using a pair of swords to deflect an onslaught of gunfire.

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, 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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