After a troublesome development, the original Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, was one of the funniest superhero movies in recent memory and became a genuine box office phenomenon that surpassed all expectations. Two years later, the inevitable sequel will hit cinemas on Friday May 18, bringing a different director (John Wick and Atomic Blonde’s David Leitch), a bigger story, and some new characters, including the young and problematic mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) and the time traveler Cable (Josh Brolin).
Ryan Reynolds visited Mexico City last week to promote Deadpool 2, which on paper might sound like a sequel with much more action and spectacle, particularly due to the fact that the X-Force team will be introduced; however, the actor claimed at the press conference that the overall scale is similar to the original’s. "We don’t have the budget that the movies in the MCU have, nor we have the budget that they use in the DCEU, but I think that’s good, because necessity is the mother of invention and every time they take something away from us, in terms of the budget, we’re forced to rely on characters and plot as opposed to explosions. Our budget makes it worthwhile for the studio to take a gamble on a rated R film like ours.”
I can assure you that the protagonist’s irreverence is still at the core of the second chapter in the growing franchise. Deadpool yet again takes the piss out of almost everything, from Logan and Hugh Jackman to the political correctness of the moment; just don’t expect some fun at expense of the current president of the United States. "You can make jokes about Donald Trump, but Donald Trump makes the best jokes about Donald Trump. To me that’s not even fun, it’s like low-hanging fruit, and trust me, Deadpool is fine with low-hanging fruit but there’s so many crazy things that happen in a 24-hour news cycle that if you’re going to commit to a movie that you hope it’s watched again in five or ten years, are they really going to remember the hand holding thing with the president of France? I don’t know, it just seems sort of silly.”
Someone who won’t avoid being a victim of Deadpool’s humor is Ryan Reynolds himself, as the sequel obviously continues exploring meta comedy and destroying expectations and conventions of the superhero subgenre. "This is something we decided early on, back in the first movie but you don’t really see it come to fruition as much until Deadpool 2: I think it's funny and I enjoy the fact that Deadpool sort of hates Ryan Reynolds, and that’s pretty evident in the sequel. Most of what Deadpool is going through is self-loathing anyway. I'm laughing at myself in a really sick way at the end of the movie. It’s outrageous, silly and absurd; I watched it with an audience and there was a crazy standing ovation, which I didn't really know how to feel about.”
Aside from the constant jokes, Deadpool 2 has a dark background, equivalent to the moment in the first film when Wade Wilson was diagnosed with cancer. Another tragic event fuels Deadpool’s newest journey, as he tries to protect the mutant kid who is seen by Cable as a real menace to the world. "Look, Deadpool is never going to be the guy that’s trying to save the world, he represents a dysfunctional idiot who just wants to be a better person. He’s immature, impetuous and his goals are very shortsighted: he wants save a kid [Russell], he doesn’t want to save the planet. For me, being a superhero means to be better, I don’t think it means that you have to save Metropolis from an evil empire. That’s the credo of Deadpool too; he’s just a guy trying to be a little bit better than he was yesterday. That’s interesting to me, because we’re all flawed and very complex.”
While Reynolds is more than happy playing Deadpool (“it has been one of the greatest privileges of my career”), he’s not entirely sure about the future and another standalone effort. "There’s no Deadpool 3, and I don’t know that there will be Deadpool 3. To make Deadpool work you have to take everything away from that character; we were able to do it in the first one and we were definitely able to do it in the second one, but to do it again in a third one would just sort of feel cruel. To go on we are going to be in the X-Force world; Drew Goddard has one of the most amazing takes on that world that I’ve ever heard, it bends this whole genre into a different direction, which I’m excited about. Then after that, I don’t know, we’ll see… I might be singing Disney tunes in a Deadpool movie, it might be PG-13 so I get two shits, one fuck and a glass of white wine."