6 Thoughts on Deadpool 2
Honestly, I don’t care if X-Men: Dark Phoenix ever comes out. The main X-Men franchise is dead to me, and there’s no point in beating that horse corpse. The new Deadpool franchise is where it’s at! Humor, action and a far more fun and energetic use of classic comic book characters, Deadpool should be the future of this franchise — at least until Marvel does a full reboot to bring the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Movie Rating: 9/10 – Great.
Until that happens, I would rather FOX keep producing entertaining off-shoot movies like Deadpool 2! I found this movie to be just as funny, wacky and raunchy as the first, with plenty of heart and soul added to make it an even better film. The last thing I want to do is slog through another movie of James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence phoning it in. Ryan Reynolds is the hilarity we need!
Join me after the jump for my thoughts and review on Deadpool 2! Expect FULL SPOILERS for the movie and its aftermath!
6. Hilarious, wacky and raunchy!
I loved Deadpool 2, just as much as I loved the first Deadpool. These are damn funny films. Hugely entertaining from beginning to end, consistently hilarious and chock-full of wonderful characters. There were some real standouts in this movie, but the film never loses sight of Deadpool as the lead. I’ve never much cared for Deadpool comics, but the films are pretty much perfect. A lot of the jokes may just be pop culture references, but sometimes that is exactly my humor. The violence is so over-the-top as to be a barrel of laughs. And the action is wonderfully wild.
Pretty much everything in this movie worked for me on every level. It’s not a masterpiece, and there aren’t too many levels deep to go, but it’s still a hugely entertaining film that easily matches the fun of the original and surpasses the sameness of the rest of the X-Men film franchise.
5. X-Force was an awesome gag
A buddy of mine asked me if I, as a longtime comic book fan, was bothered that the movie would slaughter so many X-Men characters. I was not bothered in the least. First of all, I didn’t have any personal connection to any of those characters, so it didn’t bother me. But even if the movie X-Force was made up of Mimic, Multiple Man, Stacy X and Maggott, I don’t think I would have been bothered because the gag — that all of the X-Force members die horrible deaths because nobody paid attention to the high wind warning — was gut-bustingly hilarious! Just like everybody else, I bought into the advertising that X-Force was gonna be a legit thing. I was looking forward to Peter being an awesome dude!
But having them all brutally/accidentally killed was too funny. I loved it! I feel a little bad for any Shatterstar fans out there, but Zeitgeist fans should be glad he was even in the movie at all.
4. Domino is best character
The one X-Force character to survive was also the breakout character of the film! Zazie Beetz was a revelation as Domino! She was funny, badass and just cheeky enough to be endearing with her luck-based powers. And the movie did a great job of of showing off her powers. They had some fun with it, and that’s what’s most important in a movie like this. Hopefully they include Beetz’s Domino in the upcoming X-Force movie that FOX is planning, because she deserves to be the breakout character in any and every future X-Men film.
3. Don’t get fan nitpicky with these movies
Like all superhero movies these days, there is a wealth of Internet lists and think pieces written afterwards. This List of Six is one of them, so it’s not like I’m not part of the problem. But one thing I want to call attention to is that fans and viewers need to temper their comic book expectations. Have we really not learned to not get nitpicky about the changes that get made from comic to movie?
Basically, I saw somebody complain that the movie didn’t delve into Cable’s origins, like how he’s the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey. Read that sentence again and tell me with a straight face that Deadpool 2 should have addressed this fact. Cable’s origins are insane, even for comics. The movie was right to gloss over those details. Hell, the movie was right to not include them at all. I would much prefer if movie Cable WAS NOT the son of Cyclops and Madelyn Pryor! Nothing about his parentage really influences Cable as a person, so cut it loose! Just like the movies nixed the Mystique/Nightcrawler connection. Both decisions were for the best, even if it makes fans salty.
At this point in the X-Men movie franchise, with all of the changes they’ve made, you can’t get all fan nitpicky anymore — especially when dealing with a Deadpool movie.
2. Loved the time travel fix at the very end
Another complaint I saw was that people were annoyed that Wade using the time machine to rescue Vanessa in the post-credits scene undid the entire movie! I don’t care about that because I’m glad she was saved! I thought killing her was a really bad idea, and was just as surprised as the opening credits that the movie really went that far. Vanessa is a really fun character and Morena Baccarin has been phenomenal in the role! Granted, I’m pleased at how her death brought some great character development and pathos to Wade and the movie as a whole. But that’s classic fridging, and using time travel to undo her death at the very end and keep her alive was just plain great. We are all better for it.
1. I have no idea how to incorporate Deadpool into the MCU
I am looking forward to Marvel Studios figuring out how to introduce the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have all the faith in the galaxy that they’ll figure out a great and entertaining way to make it happen — and I expect it to be a full reboot. No part of the existing X-Men franchise should simply be folded into the MCU. Drop everything and start fresh. And I include Deadpool in that statement. I don’t care how popular and lucrative his movies are, this franchise should not simply be tacked on to the MCU.
Which means, I have no idea how to incorporate Deadpool into the MCU, or even if they should.
Honestly, I’ve never particularly liked Deadpool’s role in the comics to begin with. He’s just not a favorite character of mine, and his brand of weirdness just doesn’t work for me all that well in the comics. I like him in some things, and I like when he’s just as grounded as the comic around him, but his wacky hijinks can be a little too much sometimes. And I don’t want those hijinks to bring down the coolness of the MCU.
Deadpool is a franchise I am willing to sacrifice for good if it means getting a proper, well-done version of the X-Men in the MCU.
I mean, how else would they do it? There’s no way they could recast the character. And there’s no way you can just remake or reboot the Deadpool franchise. It’s too specific a gimmick/character. They’d have to simply keep using Ryan Reynolds and have Deadpool remark on the fact that he’s part of the MCU now, with an entirely different cast of X-Men.
They’d have to go more meta than any movie in the history of cinema. And I don’t know if I love the Deadpool franchise enough to want that to happen. I think I will just be perfectly content that these two funny movies exist.