What kind of person would you be if you had stage 4 cancer but had a healing power that wouldn’t let you die? Would you be a superhero? Or just some smuck that did what he wanted? This is essentially where we find Wade Wilson in Deadpool 2, being a global mercenary hunting down the people others can’t or won’t.
Still as violent and unfiltered as before, Wade has love in his life and is happy. The only thing that he finds missing is something that he considers the “F” word: Family. If you can look at the first Deadpool as a love or romance story, you can look at Deadpool 2 as a film about family and what it means to be a part of one.
Being a sequel, Deadpool 2 has many returning actors and characters from the first film. Ryan Reynolds is back as the titular character alongside Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, Wade’s girlfriend.
T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, and Karan Soni all return as the bartender Weasel, Deadpool’s elderly roommate Blind Al, and the taxi driver Dopinder, respectively. Rounding out the returning cast is Stefan Kapičić as Colossus and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead — the X-Men that helped Wade take down Ajax in the first Deadpool film.
Every good sequel weaves new and important characters into the story of our lead characters. The most prominent is Josh Brolin as Cable, a time-traveling mutant who comes back to change his future. But there’s also Julian Dennison as Russell Collins, who likes to call himself Firefist. He plays a young mutant who has issues with Eddie Marsan, the headmaster of the Essex Orphanage.
Shioli Kutsuna appears as Yukio, a member of the X-Men and the girlfriend of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and seems to enjoy being around Deadpool. Last but not least is the team that Deadpool puts together — Zazie Beetz as Domino, a mutant who has the power of luck; Terry Crews as Bedlam, who can interfere with electricity; Lewis Tan as Shatterstar, an alien from Mojoworld; Bill Skarsgård as Zeitgeist, a mutant with acidic vomit; and Rob Delaney as Peter who just saw the add and wanted to join.
Deadpool 2 takes the idea behind the original Deadpool and tries to expand on it in every way. Besides the addition of cast, you see bigger set pieces and more use of CGI. There are points in this film where it feels they went bigger just because they had the budget to do so, not because the story needed them to. Once you get past all of the thoughts of “bigger is better” and get to the truth of the story, it leaves you feeling that you not only belong but that it’s one of caring and love.
The characters within Deadpool 2 do stick close to their comic book counterparts. Reynolds still feels like he knows exactly who Deadpool is. Everything from how he treats everyone to his humor and his fighting style is all portrayed in a way that expands on his work in the first Deadpool. Josh Brolin’s Cable is that person in the room who is always serious, and the dynamic of him and Deadpool feels like it is right off of a comic page.
And Zazie Beetz’s Domino clicked perfectly for me. Every time she was on screen, she knew exactly who this character was and what she could do without a second thought. It gave her a quality that drew me in and made me want more.
Deadpool 2 expands on what we got out of Deadpool in every way. More characters, more music, more violence, and more adult language and jokes than I expected. I don’t know if I would necessarily call it a bad thing but it felt more like an extension of the first in that way, rather than a movie that stands out on its own.
I loved the characters within the story. Reynolds’ Deadpool, Brolin’s Cable and Beetz’s Domino are the clear standouts and their interactions with each other did make me want to see more.
Overall, this film feels like an extension of the first and in that sense does not have its own identity. While the first is about love and this one is about family, I am left feeling like there is more to the story than we are given. While all of this does come to my mind after seeing the film, it does not lower my enjoyment of the film. While I didn’t enjoy Deadpool 2 as much as I did the first Deadpool, it is an adult movie that I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the first Deadpool. I don’t recommend it to anyone who cannot handle the hard R rating that comes with excessive violence and adult-themed language and jokes.