Deadpool 2 is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and is a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller and Brianna Hildebrand.
Wade Wilson/Deadpool has to deal with a personal tragedy so teams up with the X-Men as a trainee, studying under the tutelage of Colossus (Stefan Kapicid) with the help of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and her girlfriend Yukio (Shiori Kutsuna).
When they come across a young mutant by the name of Russell Collins (Julian Dennison), who calls himself Firefist, Wade makes a decision which takes his life in a different direction.
With the arrival of time-travelling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin) who threatens the safety of Russell, Wade with the help of Weasel (T.J. Miller) and Dopinder (Karan Soni) assembles a team of his own. Calling themselves X-Force the team consists of Wade, Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), and the non-mutant Peter (Rob Delaney).
They embark on a mission to save Russell from Cable, but even with a team to back Wade up, will they be able to save Firefist?
Screenwriters Reese and Wernick return to Deadpool 2 this time penning the script with the help of Reynolds. Building on the success of the first film they continue with a strong emotional foundation this time focusing on family and in particular the family that you choose for yourself. There is plenty of Deadpool’s signature humour, fourth wall-breaking quips and meta references to everything from the X-Men universe movies, Marvel Studios’ franchise and the DC Films Universe.
Reynolds slips easily back into the role of Wade Wilson and really flourishes as the fully-fledged Merc with a Mouth. Even with a larger ensemble cast this time round he is still the star of the sequel. From the rest of the cast there are standout turns from Brolin as Cable and Beetz as Domino. Brolin’s Cable works really well as a straight man to Reynold’s Deadpool and Beetz’s Domino whose ‘lucky’ superpower makes her enjoyably invincible. The three characters play off each other well and should serve as a strong foundation to Fox’s X-Force spin-off.
Whilst the sequel maintains Deadpool’s humour it also manages to balance the jokes with fantastic, visually interesting action sequences from Director David Leitch along with compelling drama. The only blip arrives very early on in the film with a jarring incident which will undoubtedly leave some viewers unable to rejoin the sequel’s narrative. This decision is redeemed slightly by one of the end credit scenes which does build off it in an interesting way.
Deadpool 2 is bigger and better than the first film, delivering a more fun and complete movie experience which should please fans of the comic book character and win over those that weren’t that sold on the first film!