Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Ryan Reynolds Offers Update on X-FORCE Film

Ryan Reynolds Offers Update on X-FORCE Film

Greenlit before the first installment was even released, "2" picks up right where "Deadpool" left off, with the title character (co-writer/co-producer Ryan Reynolds) slicing and dicing his way through an array of worldwide evildoers in a most brutal and graphic fashion.

Irreverent, self-loathing, silly, scathing, sassy, childlike, cynical, violent and sometimes just plain annoying...

"I don't know that there would be a Deadpool 3". Humor belongs in this franchise and, as much as Deadpool 2 is thrilling and wholly entertaining, it is downright hilarious.

As for that adorable unicorn face? It's not the biggest of jabs or anything like that, and it even pokes fun at itself and how Deadpool 2 is ramping up its marketing now. Even if the money is short, the scene's set for a sequel. The most shocking part?

Deadpool 2 has been pretty clever about hiding plot details in its marketing campaign and there are a great many, excellent reasons for that.

Some of the jokes - particularly a scene where Deadpool rhymes off his favourite comic book appearances of a certain surprise villain - are amusing. The Academy Award-nominated actor sees this as simply the beginning. From the trailer, I think they get most of the way there, but I don't suspect it finishes as high with the critics the second time around. That film, as we all know, was a massive hit, and thus Fox put much more money behind the sequel, which also introduces fan favorite characters Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beets).

There was never a final draft. Deadpool 2 is, if less of a surprise than its predecessor, just as amusing; if it's less sexy, that doesn't mean you're not going to get to see the protagonist walking around with no trousers.

When we catch up with Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, he's busily planning babies with his handsome Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). "Ours is, 'when they go low, we go lower.' We're willing to go all the way, dig all the way down to get a laugh". Replacing him is David Leitch, who is best known for his directorial efforts on the first John Wick and last year's Atomic Blonde, but Leitch seems to have left his stylistic sensibilities at the door, foregoing the noirish tones and visuals of his previous films and opting for what feels like a serviceable follow-up to the original. He's the first to admit "with my background, there may be expectation that the action is going to be bigger, so you have to service those things".

This is not to say you won't find stuff to enjoy.

Nevertheless, we can't talk about the movie without talking about the movie, so you are hereby warned there will indeed be a mild spoiler or two just below.

If there is an improvement, it's in the action sequences.

There are narrative stakes, of sorts, smuggled in with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's mission to make sides ache (they are joined this time round by Reynolds himself).

"Deadpool 2" opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, May 18.

Though X-Force could still be a few years away, Reynolds' optimism and enthusiasm about the film is a promising sign. Best of all, he is the flawless straight-man foil to Deadpool's nonsense. "You guys pushed me to my own limits, and I thank you for that". "Go bother Prof X", Stark supposedly replied. I see it being a real ensemble on a lot of levels just because I think it's interesting for Deadpool to kinda function in the way he does in his own universe.

Hide your Chimichangas, the Merc with the Mouth is back, baby!

Will you be checking out Deadpool 2 when it comes out this weekend?

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