Deadpool has seen numerous iterations throughout the years, but the most recent incarnation – submitted by the Merc with a Mouth’s own creator – transforms the quippy mutant into Bob Ross, the late artist and television host who captivated audiences with his soothing tone and beautiful landscape paintings. The new Deadpool illustration comes from Rob Liefeld, who posted the image to his Instagram account in anticipation of today’s Deadpool 2 teaser trailer.
The painting might be a fun interpretation of the fan-favorite character, but it also hits the spot in terms of the trailer’s content, which is themed around a Bob Ross episode. The trailer sees Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool painting a snowy landscape before several abbreviated scenes from the upcoming film flash across the scene, ending with a shot of a painting fans will be familiar with if they’ve been keeping up with Deadpool 2 news over the past few weeks.
Created by Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool debuted in New Mutants #98 in 1991. Reynolds played the character onscreen in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie was a critical boondoggle but became box office success. It seemed like Renynold’s run as Deadpool was over until the 2016 film Deadpool became an R-rated box office juggernaut. The sequel, Deadpool 2, is a due out in 2018.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 sees the return of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, T.J. Miller as Weasel, 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 opens June 1, 2018.