‘Deadpool 2’: How the Sequel Already Has Us Laughing

We’re just weeks away from Deadpool 2’s theatrical release, and plot details have emerged. But even when we were in the dark, the film’s marketing department was in full force.

Prior to a legitimate trailer being released (see page 8), we had to settle for some hilarious promotional materials. In signature Deadpool fashion, here are the goofy (and slightly inappropriate) things we’ve learned about the highly anticipated sequel as of late.

A new teaser clip

Deadpool 2 teaser trailer

Deadpool 2 teaser trailer | 20th Century Fox via YouTube

Just before Thanksgiving, Deadpool himself shared a new poster with his fans. Ryan Reynolds tweeted and Instagrammed an image of a Norman Rockwell-style Thanksgiving featuring the cast of the upcoming film.

A few days later, we got a new teaser that shows how the painting came to be — well, sort of. In a spot-on Bob Ross parody littered with puns, Deadpool created the poster in question and gave us exactly 10 seconds of actual Deadpool 2 footage. Hey, it’s better than nothing!

Good Housekeeping cover

Good Housekeeping cover featuring Deadpool

Good Housekeeping cover featuring Deadpool | Good Housekeeping via Instagram

The self-aware superhero isn’t exactly one for subtlety, but he does seem to have a bit of a domestic side. Still, most will be shocked to see him on a special cover of the December issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

The “Supper Hero” is also seen holding a turkey in this image, as well as oven mitts and a Christmas-themed apron. Tongue-in-cheek headlines like “Turkey Tips: Giving Your Family the Bird” and “Come for the gifts, stay for the package” adorn the cover.

How he got the gig

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

Deadpool | Marvel Entertainment

So why is Deadpool on the cover of a lifestyle magazine most closely associated with suburban housewives? Editor-in-Chief Jane Francisco explains:

Deadpool’s persistence to be in Good Housekeeping was impressive — initially, we had no idea who he was, let alone that he was a fan of the magazine. But after repeated attempts to ignore his… passion… we came to a compromise. He could appear in one issue if he promised to stop leaving care packages at our editors’ homes and agreed to maintain a 50-foot distance from the Good Housekeeping offices and our staff.

Holiday letter

Deadpool reading

Deadpool | Marvel Entertainment

Though this may all seem like a big joke, there is actual Deadpool content in the issue. In addition to a copy of the Thanksgiving poster, a few words directly from the Merc’s mouth were printed.

In his letter to the readers, Deadpool freely admitted his love of holidays — which fans of the first movie (and the infamous “Calendar Girl” scene) know all too well.

He sent this message home with the following paragraph: “In case you weren’t aware, I %$#*ing LOVE the holidays, and not in the “like a friend” way either…. I love the holidays the same way I love stuffing a turkey…using the two most important ingredients of all: heavy eye contact and lust.”

Recipes and more


Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool | Marvel Entertainment

Deadpool authored even more content if you can believe it. Two additional editorials include a list of holiday recipes and instructions for carving the perfect turkey.

As with everything Deadpool, a combination of sardonic adult humor and actual information are apparent here. The Merc shared his recipe for D’s Spiced Nuts with Creamy Clam Skinny Dip and detailed the six steps to slice your poultry using a katana.

Cable meets his creator

Cable (Josh Brolin) and Rob Liefeld

Cable (Josh Brolin) and Rob Liefeld | Rob Liefeld via Instagram

The eponymous hero may be the major focus of the latest promotional materials, but he’s not the only one getting some social media attention. Josh Brolin, who plays Cable, met his literal maker the other day.

In an Instagram post, Rob Liefeld, creator of the comic book character, came to set and met Brolin. And Liefeld couldn’t be happier with the casting. He wrote that Brolin’s “commitment to becoming Cable goes beyond his physical transformation, he found the voice that fans will go crazy about!”

What’s coming next?

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool | Marvel Entertainment

While still images and jokes are all well and good, what every fan really wants are more clips. Aside from the very brief brand-new teaser, we were starved for footage in 2017.

But the cast has worked hard to keep us entertained in the meantime, especially Reynolds. When principal photography wrapped in October 2017, he shared a series of images from the set with cast and crew members alike.

A signature Deadpool-style trailer

Cable in Deadpool 2

Cable in Deadpool 2 | Marvel Entertainment

In Feb. 2018, we were finally gifted with a full-length trailer. And it’s jam-packed with hilarious goodness.

Get ready for action, new characters, and some great effects. We don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that it’s classic meta Deadpool, complete with a trailer within a trailer featuring homemade dolls and a cardboard city created by the Merc himself.

Yet another trailer reveals even more

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 | Twentieth Century Fox

On March 22, the internet was dealt another blow in the form of a full-length, juicy trailer. And here’s what we learned.

Cable knocks the Merc with the Mouth around, and it’s all in pursuit of a preteen boy (played by newcomer Julian Dennison). So our eponymous hero teams up with his aptly named X-Force to protect the kid.

Accompanying Deadpool is, of course, returning pals Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), along with new recruit Domino (Zazie Beetz), and other superheroes, played by Terry Crews, Shioli Kutsuna, and more. It’s action-packed, extremely meta, and wildly inappropriate — who would expect anything less? 

The final trailer

Cable in Deadpool 2

Cable in Deadpool 2 | 20th Century Fox

We got one last look at the film with an extensive trailer on April 19, 2018. In it, Deadpool cracks jokes about the DCEU, Goonies, and much more. But what’s most important are the new characters.

The trailer confirms what we already suspected: Terry Crews is playing Bedlam, who has some truly unique abilities involving energy fields and brain chemistry. And Shatterstar, who can teleport using his swords, is portrayed by Lewis Tan — who you may know from the Netflix Marvel Universe, where he played Zhou Cheng in Iron Fist.

Additional reporting by Becca Bleznak.

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