Is there any movie better at marketing than Deadpool? If you have to do a huge comic book movie press campaign, you might as well have fun, right? That seems to be the attitude of Ryan Reynolds and everyone at Deadpool, Inc. They have a LOT of fun with their press obligations. Yesterday Lainey said whoever is running this campaign “should be head-hunted”, because the marketing around these movies is SO good, and the new trailer for Deadpool 2—which might actually be titled The Untitled Deadpool Sequel?—is no exception. It’s our first clear look at Josh Brolin as Cable, which nerds are excited about, but Deadpool is not here to celebrate, Deadpool is here to mock.
Specifically, to mock Henry Cavill’s Mustache™. The first look at Cable shows the green sleeve where Brolin’s arm will be covered with a metal arm for the movie. Deadpool is not feeling the CG, yelling over Brolin’s voice over, “It’s a metal arm! It’s not like we’re trying to remove a mustache!” (Mustachegate 2017 NEVER FORGET.) And then the camera cuts to Reynolds in the red suit, enacting a Deadpool/Cable fight with action figures. ON BRAND.
We also get to see Zazie Beetz as Domino, and the return of Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. There are flashes of Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, and Leslie Uggams, and Julian Dennison throwing double-firsts. That Ricky Baker, he’s a real bad egg, always stealing, spitting, running away, throwing rocks, kicking stuff, defacing stuff, burning stuff… (If you don’t recognize that, you still haven’t seen Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople. DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING? Watch that movie.) Barely pictured is alleged sexual assaulter TJ Miller. He hasn’t been recast a la Kevin Spacey, but he only just edges into the trailer at the 1:45 mark (h/t Kimberly!). Maybe he gets replaced for the third one?
Deadpool was a huge success, and #2 looks like more of the irreverent meta-mocking that everyone loved in the first one. I’m enough of a nerd to be excited to see Cable, at last. And Domino! This should be a fun movie. Just one hitch—it’s opening two weeks after Avengers: Infinity War. After the worldwide orgasm that is Superhero Lollapalooza, will the masses have the energy for another big superhero movie after only TWO WEEKS? We’re about to find out what the audience tolerance for superhero movies really is.