After several tongue-in-cheek teasers that revealed absolutely nothing about the film’s plot, the latest Deadpool 2 trailer is packed to the brim with juicy story nuggets.
From “the kid” to X-Force via The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, here’s our unmissable lowdown.
Who's back and who might pop in...
In the trailer’s hilarious opening sequence, we see that Karan Soni’s Dopinder is back, and it looks like he’s now Deadpool’s regular driver.
But the likeable unhinged New York cabbie isn’t the only one returning for this second outing; as the trailer progresses we also spot Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams’ Blind Al (still as hilariously potty-mouthed as ever) and Morena Baccarin’s Vanessa.
Following Deadpool and Dopinder’s leisurely getaway, the action then shifts to what looks like Japan, where our fourth-wall-breaking anti-hero decapitates a gangster-type. Other locations visited in this breathless 2 minutes and 39 seconds include what looks like some sort of mutant prison and the X-Men mansion, where Deadpool takes a spin in Professor X’s wheelchair....
“Almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.” You remember this quote from the first film? Well, the budget may not be substantially bigger this time around, but there’s been a buzz about more X-Men characters showing up in Deadpool 2 pretty much since it was announced.
It is likely, considering the trend of other cinematic universes. In order for casual audiences to understand the films are connected, they’re going to have to see a familiar face or two...
Okay, so we already met Deadpool 2’s Big Bad in the second promotional teaser, but now we get to see him fully formed. I.e. with the visual effects finished – and good-golly-miss-molly is he impressive. “My name’s Cable, I’m here for the kid!” says the part-human, part-cybernetic warrior to Deadpool, before raising a frankly huge weapon and suggesting our hero either “move or die”. Deadpool stands firm and promptly gets pounded out the way. At this point it’s very much Bad Guy 1 – Deadpool 0.
As for the kid Cable is searching for, that would be Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison. The trailer doesn’t tell us his real name, but thanks to the control collar around his neck, glowing orange palms, and maximum destruction everywhere he goes, we’re going to assume he’s a mutant – and an incredibly powerful one at that (if Cable wants him so badly). “I ain’t letting Cable kill this kid but I can’t do this alone” concedes Deadpool around the trailer’s midway point.
There’s been a lot of speculation over who exactly this child is. In the trailer, one moment in particular involves Wade referring to the kid character as “Russell.”
No more new information is provided, but that may be enough to crack the mystery; assuming he’s pulled from the comics, the Russell in question almost certainly seems to be Russell Collins aka Firefist, a fire-generating mutant from the late ’80s and early ’90s...
The X- Force
To defeat Cable and save the kid, Deadpool decides to form a super-duper group populated by heroes who are “tough, morally flexible and young enough to carry their own franchise for 10 to 12 years”.
The group’s name? X-Force. Its members? The trailer doesn’t give us all the details but we know it definitely includes Zazie Beetz’s Domino and Terry Crews’ Bedlam, two fan favourites from the Marvel comic books.
Pennywise the Clown (aka actor Bill Skarsgard) is also in on the action, but we’re not 100 per cent sure who he’s playing yet (with that yellow mask, potentially Zeitgeist, Chamber or Dr. Nemesis – fingers crossed for Chamber, whose superpower is sonic chest booms).
All of these are regular members on team X-Force, but rumor has it that we’ll be seeing a few other members of the team in Deadpool 2 as well. Also, it’s already been established that Deadpool 2 could lead into a planned X-Force movie.