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Deadpool 2 (2018)
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool) assembles a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.
- David Leitch
Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, it is the sequel to Deadpool (2016) and the eleventh installment overall in the X-Men film series. The film was directed by David Leitch and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. In the film, Deadpool forms the X-Force to protect a young mutant from the time-traveling soldier Cable.
Plans for a sequel to Deadpool began before the original film’s release, and were confirmed in February 2016. Though the original creative team of Reynolds, Reese, Wernick, and director Tim Miller were quickly set to return for the second film, Miller left the project in October 2016 due to creative differences with Reynolds and was soon replaced by Leitch.
An extensive casting search took place to fill the role of Cable, with Brolin ultimately cast. Filming took place in British Columbia from June to October 2017. The film is dedicated to stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris, who died in a motorcycle accident during filming.
Deadpool 2 was released in the United States on May 18, 2018. The film outgrossed its predecessor, earning over $785 million worldwide, becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2018, the highest-grossing film in the X-Men series, and the highest-grossing R-rated film at the time.
The film received positive reviews from critics, with some considering it superior to the first film and praising its humor, cast performances, story, and action sequences, while others criticized its tone, script, and recycled jokes. A PG-13-rated version of the film, titled Once Upon a Deadpool, was released on December 12, 2018 to mixed reviews.
Following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox in March 2019, Deadpool’s film rights reverted to Marvel Studios. Deadpool 3, a film intended to integrate the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is set for release on November 8, 2024.
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Deadpool 2 (2018) Reviews
Frankly, I was stunned that Leitch, Reynolds and company had the nerve to kill off such a bankable wiseacre in the first five minutes of their film, then devote the rest of their running time to supporting characters’ attempts to grieve and move on with their lives, their struggles captured in bleached-out images more commonly associated with DC movies.
The emotional peak is a long sequence of Wade’s widow Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) taking the hero’s now-useless red uniform down from a hanger in the closet, inhaling her late partner’s scent, and bursting into tears while the soundtrack plays a minor key a cappella version of Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.”
Even when “Deadpool 2” is being serious, or trying to fool you into thinking it’s being serious, there’s a gleam in its eye that gives the game away.
The script, credited to Reynolds, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, finds the mutant Deadpool meandering his way to the X-Mansion and joining various X-Men members—including Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Colossus (computer effects plus the voice of Stefan Kapičić)—as they try to protect an alienated, rebellious teen mutant called Firefist (Julian Dennison) from assassination by the Terminator, er Looper, er mercenary-from-the-future Matthew Cable (Josh Brolin, aka Young Nick Nolte Returned, playing his second Marvel character in less than a month).
There are striking similarities between certain, um, elements in this film and “Avengers: Infinity War”—a fluke of timing, surely; the movies don’t even share a studio (yet). Among them: a thorough working-out of the old, mostly rhetorical comic book question, “How dead is dead?” “Deadpool 2” treats the topic about as thoughtfully as it can, without ever, for one millisecond, seeming as if it might look real suffering in the eye.
As in the first “Deadpool,” the backbone of which was an unexpected cancer diagnosis, Wade and other characters suffer loss and disappointment, but nothing that can’t be fixed or amended through machinations that are already implicitly promised in the hero’s opening narration. There’s some unpleasantness, but the cheeky dialogue and cheerfully cynical voice-over ensure that we’ll never have to marinate in it. It’s just not that kind of film.
More so than any other superhero movie, including the original “Deadpool,” this one is the R-rated comics equivalent of one of those knowingly featherweight Bob Hope and Bing Crosby “Road” movies (for a full list, click here), in which Hope and Crosby’s fast-talking vagabonds wriggled out of tight spots through sheer shamelessness and verbosity, pausing to break the fourth wall and tell the viewer that now might be a good time to go out for popcorn.
There’s shtick galore, including quite a bit of slapstick with a body count, plus some retroactive criticism of the Marvel brand’s attempts to be capital-I Important (“We’re the X-Men, a dated metaphor for racism in the ’60s!” Deadpool declares, right before a big setpiece). There’s even a protracted bit of mugging near the end that’s reminiscent of early Jim Carrey.
I originally agreed with this site’s less-than-enthused review of the first movie, which was “edgy” in an obvious, trying-too-hard way, occasionally wearing its “R” rating with all the misplaced pride of a middle school boy sporting a chocolate milk mustache as if it were a Sam Elliott-style soup strainer (although—kudos!—the details of Wade’s cancer treatment and sex life with Vanessa were truly unexpected for a film that expensive).
But the array of PG-13 superhero films that preceded and followed, and that all seemed hypnotized by their own ashy solemnity to one degree or another, made the original “Deadpool” feel like a necessary counterweight. The more often I stumbled across it on TV over the past few years, the more I appreciated it. (The inept and obvious “Suicide Squad,” which came out a few months later, showed how not to do that kind of movie.)
And there’s something to be said for a film that knows what it is, and is serenely content to be that thing. Except for a few individual lines and sight gags, a brilliantly over-the-top action-comedy sequence near the midsection, and some characteristically sharp performances (including the one by Brolin, who imbues what might’ve otherwise been a granite-jawed killer meathead with recognizable humanity) there’s not much to fondly recall here.
But since “Deadpool 2” shows no sign of wanting to rewrite a whole genre with its audacity, we might as well concede that it does the job it apparently wants to do with professionalism and flair, and that the faster we end this piece, the faster you can go on social media and complain about it.
Two years after its release, the impressions that linger about the original Deadpool are its snarkiness and audacity. The story itself is hard to recall, in large part because it was one of the least impressive aspects of a production that was more interested in offering a Mad Magazine-type superhero movie than meekly regurgitating the genre’s tropes.
The film’s success guaranteed from the outset that there would be a sequel, but therein lay the problem: movies like this, that capture lightning in a bottle, rarely beget a memorable separate chapter. One needs to look no farther than Crocodile Dundee for an example of a high-profile debacle along those lines. The question never was whether Deadpool 2 would be better than Deadpool but whether it would be good enough to avoid embarrassing everyone involved.
Fortunately, Ryan Reynolds and his creative team have avoided the pothole by steering around it using a “more of the same” approach. Deadpool 2 feels like a continuation of the first film (although one not necessarily committed to tying up plot holes – Angel Dust’s fate remains a mystery). Despite lacking the freshness of 2016 feature, the sequel is funny, energetic, and determined not to take itself seriously (even when serious things happen).
Do the filmmakers try too hard at times? Yes – burdened by expectations, how could they not? But the movie is sufficiently engaging to deflect most of the serious criticisms. The bottom line is that viewers who enjoyed Deadpool will almost certainly enjoy Deadpool 2, although perhaps not quite as much.
With Deadpool’s director, Tim Miller, departing due to “creative differences,” former stuntman David Leitch, whose previous credits include John Wick and Atomic Blonde, stepped in. There’s a little of the John Wick style here but it’s apparent that the strongest creative influence is that of Reynolds (who gets a shared writing credit). (Not surprisingly, there is a John Wick joke in the movie.)
This is the second of three films this summer season to feature Josh Brolin. Cable is less nuanced than Thanos (although, as one might reasonably expect, the screenwriters find a way to make the connection) but he’s a credible enough villain when it comes to sowing chaos and, as is hinted at during his opening scene, there’s more to the character than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), after bemoaning a few things about Wolverine’s character arc in Logan, tries to blow himself to bits without much success. We see his reasons in a flashback which leads to a deliciously on-target lampoon of a James Bond opening musical number (song courtesy of Celine Dion) complete with Deadpool-inspired fake credits that act as a commentary on the prologue.
The story that evolves from there pits Deadpool against Cable, throws in some other Marvel characters, and gives our self-deprecating hero an existential character arc. It’s fun stuff, if a little long-winded.
Deadpool 2 sticks to the template established by Deadpool, so the fourth wall isn’t much of a barrier. The title character frequently addresses the audience, and the meta references come quickly and frequently. There are a few cameos – including one famous face who appears so quickly (blink and you’ll miss him) that I didn’t know who he was until the end credits.
In general, the action sequences are too long and overproduced. That’s generally true for comic book movies and explains in large part why these films have such large budgets. What’s different about Deadpool 2 is the soundtrack. When was the last time you saw a fight scene choreographed to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”? The film also finds unusual uses for the likes of “(The Sun’ll Come Out) Tomorrow”, “If I Could Turn Back Time”, “In Your Eyes”, and “All Out of Love.” So, although much of what goes on during the fights is generic, the music gives these lavishly gory slugfests a unique flavor.
Then there’s the question of diminishing returns. When asked why the Monty Python troupe never made anything after The Meaning of Life, members answered (among other things) that they were already repeating themselves. The same is true of Deadpool 2. There’s only so far a one-joke concept can go and there’s a sense, especially late in the proceedings, that the movie is starting to milk it.
However, although the film loses momentum in its final half-hour, it more than redeems itself during the end credits. There are two mid-credits scenes (with nothing at the very end) and the second of these may be the most hilarious thing either Deadpool movie has done. It’s well worth staying a few extra minutes.
Ryan Reynolds is nothing if not committed and, as much as any high-profile actor working today, he’s aware of his foibles and willing to make fun of them. That’s part of the reason why Deadpool works. With Reynolds’ face hidden either by a mask or makeup, Deadpool’s charisma emerges from attitude rather than appearance.
Also returning from the first film are Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the love of Deadpool’s life; the X-Men pair of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand); Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), the woman least likely to be confused with Aunt May; and “sidekicks” Weasel (T.J. Miller) and Dopinder (Karan Soni). In addition to Brolin, newcomers include Zazie Beetz (as Domino – no pizza product placement involved), Bill Skarsgard (without clown makeup), Terry Crews (not expendable), Julian Dennison, and a cameo to be named later.
With Deadpool 2’s financial future guaranteed to be well into the black, the filmmakers are talking about a direct sequel (Deadpool 3) and a spin-off (X Force). Too much? Perhaps. For now, however, Deadpool 2 represents a faithful and irreverent continuation of the style and narrative thrust begun in Deadpool. Although not groundbreaking like its predecessor, the movie presents a contrast to serious endeavors like Avengers: Infinity War. The light touch is perfect for a summer breeze.
- A movie review by James Berardinelli
Deadpool 2 (2018) Credits
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers / Cable
Zazie Beetz as Neena Thurman / Domino
T.J. Miller as Jack “Weasel” Hammer
Brianna Hildebrand as Ellie Phimister / Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Stefan Kapičić as Piotr Rasputin / Colossus (voice)
Julian Dennison as Rusty Collins / Fire Fist
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlyle / Copycat
Shiori Kutsuna as Yoiki
Karan Soni as Dopinder
Terry Crews as Jesse Aaronson / Bedlam
- David Leitch
- Paul Wernick
- Rhett Reese
- Fabian Nicieza
- Rob Liefeld
Deadpool 2 (2018) Plot
After fighting organized crime as the wisecracking mercenary Deadpool for two years, Wade Wilson fails to kill one of his targets on his anniversary with his girlfriend Vanessa. That night, after the pair decides to start a family together, the target tracks Wade down and inadvertently kills Vanessa.
Wade then kills him in revenge. Blaming himself for Vanessa’s death, he attempts to die by suicide six weeks later by blowing himself up. Wade has a vision of her in the afterlife, but remains alive due to his healing abilities, and his body is restored by Colossus. Wade is left with only a Skee-Ball token, an anniversary gift, as a final memento of Vanessa.
Recovering at the X-Mansion, Wade reluctantly agrees to join the X-Men because he believes Vanessa would have wanted him to. He, Colossus, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead respond to a standoff between authorities and the unstable young mutant Russell Collins at an orphanage owned by the Essex Corporation, labeled a “Mutant Re-education Center”.
Realizing that Russell has been abused by the orphanage staff, Deadpool kills one of the staff members before being restrained by Colossus, and both Wade and Russell are arrested. Fitted with power-suppressing collars, they are taken to the Ice Box, an isolated prison for mutant criminals. Meanwhile, Cable, a cybernetic soldier from the future, travels back in time to kill Russell.
Cable storms the Ice Box and attacks Russell. Wade, whose collar breaks in the ensuing melee, attempts to protect Russell. After Cable takes Vanessa’s token, Wade forces himself and Cable out of the prison, but not before Russell overhears Wade deny that he cares for the young mutant. Near death again, Wade has another vision of Vanessa in which she convinces him to help Russell. Deadpool organizes a team called X-Force to free Russell from a prison-transfer convoy and protect him from Cable.
The team launches its assault on the convoy by parachute, but all members die during the landing except for Deadpool and the lucky Domino. While a fight with Cable distracts them, Russell frees fellow inmate Juggernaut, who agrees to help him kill the abusive orphanage headmaster. Juggernaut destroys the convoy, rips Deadpool in half, and escapes alongside Russell.
While Deadpool recovers, Cable offers to work with Wade and Domino to stop Russell who, in the future, succeeds in killing the headmaster and becomes a serial killer. He eventually burns Cable’s family alive. Wade accepts on condition that Cable give him a chance to talk Russell down. At the orphanage, they are overpowered by Juggernaut while Russell pursues the headmaster. Colossus, who had at first refused to help due to Deadpool’s murderous ways, arrives to distract Juggernaut.
When Deadpool fails to placate Russell, Cable shoots at the young mutant. Deadpool leaps in front of the bullet while wearing the Ice Box collar and dies, reuniting with Vanessa in the afterlife. Seeing this sacrifice, Russell does not kill the headmaster, which changes the future so that Cable’s family now survives. Cable uses the last charge on his time-traveling device, which he needed to return to his family, to go back several minutes and strap Vanessa’s token in front of Wade’s heart.
Now when Deadpool takes the bullet for Russell, it is stopped by the token and both survive, while Russell still has his change of heart. Afterward, the headmaster is run over and killed by Wade’s friend and taxi driver Dopinder.
In a mid-credits sequence, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her girlfriend Yukio repair Cable’s time-traveling device for Deadpool. He uses it to save the lives of Vanessa and X-Force member Peter, and kills both the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds after he finishes reading the screenplay for Green Lantern. He then contemplates killing an infant Adolf Hitler, but can’t bring himself to do it.
Deadpool 2 (2018) Box office
Deadpool 2 grossed $324.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $460.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $785.8 million, against a production budget of $110 million. Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $235.4 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues, making it the seventh most profitable release of 2018.
On April 20, 2018, both Fandango and Regal Cinemas announced that Deadpool 2 was the best pre-selling R-rated film in their respective histories.
The film opened in 4,332 theaters, setting the record for widest R-rated release ever (beating the 4,103 count by It in September 2017). It made $18.6 million from Thursday night previews and $53.3 million on its first day, setting records for both by an R-rated film, beating It‘s $13.5 million and $50.4 million, respectively. Additionally, Deadpool 2 had the highest opening day for a 20th Century Fox film, beating Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
The film went on to debut to $125.5 million, the second-best opening for an R-rated film behind the original, and became the first film to dethrone Avengers: Infinity War atop the box office. It fell 65.4% in its second weekend, grossing $43.5 million and finishing second behind newcomer Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film made $23.2 million in its third weekend, remaining in second behind Solo. It dropped 39% in both its fourth and fifth weekends, making a respective $14.1 million and $8.7 million.
Worldwide, the film had a global debut of $300.4 million, including $174.9 million internationally, the largest-ever for an R-rated film or Fox release. It opened in 81 markets and finished first in all of them, including the United Kingdom ($18 million), Korea ($17 million), Russia ($11.8 million) and Australia ($11.7 million). It remained number one in 27 markets in its second weekend, making $57 million and bringing its foreign total through its first full week to $279.7 million.
In its third week of international release the film made $47 million, including a $5.5 million debut in Japan (26% better than the first film), bringing its foreign total to $344 million. In China, where the PG-13 Once Upon a Deadpool version was released, it had earned $42 million, as of February 7, 2019.
Deadpool 2 superseded its predecessor to become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, until Joker, with a global gross of over $1 billion, surpassed it in 2019.
Deadpool 2 (2018) Critical Response
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 84% based on 422 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds’ undeniable charm.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on reviews from 51 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the first film; audiences were 59% male and 41% female.
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, jokingly calling it the best sequel since The Godfather Part II and saying: “Deadpool 2 is wicked, dark fun from start to finish, with some twisted and very funny special effects, cool production elements [and] terrific ensemble work.” PopMatters writer J.R. Kinnard wrote: “If you enjoyed the guilty pleasures of Deadpool, it’s an immutable law of physics that you will love Deadpool 2.
The second verse may be the same as the first, but that verse is a dirty limerick of childish goodness.” Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and wrote, “Deadpool 2 is just like Deadpool only more so. It’s actually a fair bit better—funnier, more inventive than the 2016 smash…and more consistent in its chosen tone and style: ultraviolent screwball comedy.”
A.O. Scott of The New York Times was critical of the cynical tone of the film, writing “something ever so slightly dishonest about this character, something false about the boundaries drawn around his sadism and his rage.
Deadpool 2 dabbles in ugliness and transgression, but takes no real creative risks.”[ New York writer David Edelstein wrote that the film was tedious and predictable, noting “A superhero movie with the looseness of a Mad magazine parody remains a viable idea, as demonstrated by the underrated Mystery Men and, of course, Deadpool. But a film that spits one-liners as mechanically as a tennis-ball launcher is even more tediously predictable than one with no sense of humor at all.”
Deadpool 2 (2018) Accolades
|Award||Date of ceremony[a]||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|American Cinema Editors||2019||Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy||Craig Alpert, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir, Dirk Westervelt||Nominated|
|Critics’ Choice Movie Awards||2019||Best Actor in a Comedy||Ryan Reynolds||Nominated|
|Best Comedy||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Action Movie||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Denver Film Critics Society [fr]||2019||Best Comedy Film||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Dragon Awards||2018||Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Award||2019||Outstanding Film – Wide Release||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||2019||Best Comedy TV Spot||Deadpool 2||Won|
|Most Original TV Spot||Deadpool 2||Won|
|Best Home Ent Comedy||Deadpool 2 for “Never Imagined :30”||Nominated|
|Best Home Ent Comedy||Deadpool 2 for “Baby Legs”||Nominated|
|Best Graphics in a TV Spot||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Most Original TV Spot||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Motion Poster||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Viral Campaign||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|2018||Best Teaser||Deadpool 2||Won|
|Most Original Trailer||Deadpool 2||Won|
|Best Summer 2018 Blockbuster||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Action TV Spot||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Summer Blockbuster TV Spot||Deadpool 2 for “Save Me / Tea”||Nominated|
|Best Summer Blockbuster TV Spot||Deadpool 2 for “Selfless”||Nominated|
|Grammy Award||2019||Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||2018||Outstanding Music Supervision – Film||John Houlihan||Nominated|
|Best Original Score – Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film||Tyler Bates||Nominated|
|Best Soundtrack Album||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Original Song – Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film||Deadpool 2 for “Ashes”||Nominated|
|Houston Film Critics Society Awards||2019||Best Original Song||Deadpool 2 for “Ashes”||Nominated|
|Hollywood Critics Association Awards||2018||Best Blockbuster||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Action Film||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Best Stunt Work||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards||2019||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley for Feature Film||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association Award [pt]||Best Stunt Coordination||
Scott J. Ateah, Wayne Dalglish, Jayson Dumenigo,Jonathan Eusebio, Sam Hargrave, Philip J Silvera, Owen Walstrom
|Best Titles Sequence||Deadpool 2 for the opening credits.||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Awards||2018||Favorite Action Movie||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|Favorite Action Movie Star||Ryan Reynolds||Nominated|
|Prix Aurora Awards||2019||Best Visual Presentation||Ryan Reynolds||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||2018||Best Comedic Performance||Ryan Reynolds||Nominated|
|St. Louis Film Critics Association||2018||Best Comedy Film||Deadpool 2||Nominated|
|SXSW Film Festival Awards||2019||Excellence in Title Design||John Likens||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||2018||Choice Summer Movie Star: Male||Julian Dennison||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Male||Ryan Reynolds||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Female||Zazie Beetz||Nominated|
|Young Entertainer Awards [fr]||2019||Best Supporting Young Actor – Feature Film||Luke Roessler||Nominated|
Deadpool 2 (2018) Movie Info
Rating:R (Language Throughout|Brief Drug Material|Sexual References|Strong Violence)
Genre:Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Producer:Ryan Reynolds, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner
Writer:Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Release Date (Theaters):Wide
Release Date (Streaming):
Box Office (Gross USA):$324.3M
Distributor:20th Century Fox
Sound Mix:Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio:Scope (2.35:1)
View the collection:X-Men
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