So, you want to watch Deadpool 2. Chances are you’re either a die-hard Deadpool fan or someone who never cared for the Merc with a mouth until 2016’s smash hit movie. Either way, you should know where Deadpool 2 fits in the X-men’s film series/cinematic universe. But to really appreciate that, you have to know all the comic book heroes and anti-heroes that will be featured in Deadpool 2. You see Deadpool 2’s M.O. is to set up the X-Force. A group of mutants lead by Cable. Before Disney’s big acquisition of Fox (and Comcast’s cash bid on Sky Net), Fox had plans to expand its own Cinematic Universe. The best way to make more movies? Make more characters. I can hear Deadpool now. “Yeah, nobody cared about X-Force. Not until me that is. The movie studios are totally using my brand to sell more movies. Let’s just hope they’re good movies.” Without further ado, let’s breakdown all the new super heroes in Deadpool 2 and their powers.
Oh Deadpool. You came and you gave without taking. How does the rest of that song go? I forget. But X-Force and CABLE would be nowhere (in film) without Wade Wilson. In case you forgot, Wade Wilson was suffering from cancer. His last chance at life was to join an experimental subset of the weapon X program (Wolverine anyone?). The program aimed at giving Wade powers like Wolverine’s healing factor. This ended up accelerating his cancer, leaving him looking like, “Freddy Kreuger face ###### a topographical map of Utah”. And that quote is straight from the movie. Because of this, Wade was deemed a failed experiment to be killed with the rest. Wade not only survives but gets the coolest super hero name in all of comics. The Sister Margaret dive bar frequented by regulars who loved getting into fights had an actual dead pool. Everyone would wager on who would be the next to die. After learning his healing factor provided him with near invulnerability, Wade realized his death would never win the dead pool. Pretty cool right? On top of his accelerated healing factor Deadpool is a master assassin trained in martial arts, firearms, and his special signature katanas.
Nathan Summers was born to Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean Grey. I won’t get too much into Nathan’s backstory because doing so would require a novel of information. But let’s just say that Apocalypse attempts to steal baby Nathan in order to groom him to be the next vessel for his soul. Due to his powers, Nathan is a great candidate. Apocalypse infects Nathan with a techno-organic virus that only Apocalypse can cure. But Cyclops, reunited with the original Jean Grey travel into the future to a time which had a cure. Nathan survives the techno-organic infection but must learn to fight its spread for the rest of his life. This virus gave Nathan techno-organic body parts including his left arm and eye. The bionic arm gives Nathan super strength and the cybernetic eye gives him enhanced sight as well as a laser. To keep the techno-organic virus from spreading, Nathan uses his telekinetic abilities. This includes being able to manipulate objects with his mind as well as creating protective force fields. Nathan is also a telepath. This means he can communicate through extrasensory perception and even mind control others. On top of this, Nathan’s biggest power is his ability to travel through time. It is when Nathan decides to go back in time to defeat Apocalypse that he takes the name Cable. The team he takes back in time with him is none other than the X-Force. Did I mention Josh Brolin (who plays Cable, and Thanos) signed a four movie deal? That means that after Deadpool 2 there will be three more movies with Cable! See. I told you the whole point of X-Force is to milk another X-Men franchise.
Neena Thurman was part of a- wait for it. Super-secret government program called Project Armageddon. Whose goal was to create the perfect solider. Neena was one of the few test subjects to survive. Although she was lucky, she was considered a failure of the program. Neena’s mother saved her from being exterminated and leaves her in the care of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Chicago. Upon growing up she became a freelance mercenary. Thus, the alias Domino. Domino’s success had much to do with her luck. You see, Domino’s mutant powers give her the ability to psionically and subconsciously trigger random telekinetic acts that affect probability in her favor. Wait what? Let’s try that again. Domino makes improbable (but not impossible) things occur within her line of sight. This gives her good luck while blessing her enemies with bad luck. To elaborate, Domino can be the only one to survive an explosion. Her enemy’s weapon can malfunction mid combat. Domino can also get lucky and guess the right password to a highly secure hostile base on the first try. But, can she win the lottery? That is the real question. Domino’s appearance is that of pale skin with a dark spot over her left eye. You can definitely tell she is a mutant on the outside. On top of this, Domino is skilled in firearms and explosives as well as hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. Her mercenary prowess along with her good luck make her a force to be reckoned with. Who knew good luck could be a super power?
Jesse Aaronson was orphaned at the age of 5 after his parents died in a car accident. Jesse shuffled through foster homes until a doctor noticed his unique abilities and began performing experiments on him in order to write a book. Jesse is saved however, by the Mutant Underground Support Engine or M.U.S.E. A group that rescued mutants and trained them as field agents. I’m not exactly sure how Jesse got the code name Bedlam, but let’s refer to him as such from here on out. So, Bedlam ends up partnering with Domino in order to track his brother and learn about the death of his parents. This is what ultimately leads to his involvement with the X-Force. Bedlam has the power to generate a bio electromagnetic field. This disrupts mechanical and electrical systems. Bedlam is like a walking EMP (Call of Duty anyone?). And depending on what comics you read, Bedlam can scan an environment for energy signatures and even scramble other people’s brains as well as electronic devices.
Shatterstar has to be one the coolest looking mutants I have ever stumbled upon. In the current Marvel Legacy Cable series (2018), Shatterstar works with Cable to, be super badass. He was born Gaveedra-Seven on the planet Mojoworld about a century into the future. Time is all relative at this point in the X-Men cinematic universe so let’s just roll with the punches here. Shatterstar has no parents. Instead he was born in a gestation chamber where he was genetically engineered to be a gladiator and fight his way through the arenas of Mojoworld. As part of a plot to overthrow the alien tyrant Mojo, Shatterstar went back in time to find the X-Men. He instead came across Cable and Domino who greet him with a fight. They realize that they’re all somewhat renegades with a cause that can work together and Shatterstar joins the X-Force. In a crazy twist of plots, Shatterstar is revealed to have DNA of another mutant, Longshot. But his true origin still lacks enough details to fully discern. Anyway, what can Shatterstar do? Due to his genetic engineering, he has a superhuman level of physical and mental state. He also has hollow bones, which in the real world would be more of liability. But this is comics, so his hollow bones make him lighter which boosts his athletic and acrobat skills. Somehow. And Shatterstar lacks white blood cells. Marvel nerds please chime in and explain how this benefits him because I cannot. On top of his physical prowess Shatterstar is a master swordsman, martial artist, and is adept at learning languages and skills. Shatterstar can even regenerate destroyed tissue. Maybe not at the Deadpool rate but still way above the average human. Slashes and stab wounds will heal within hours.
When Axel Cluney hit puberty, he noticed some weird things going on with his body. Just like the rest of us. But with him, the timing could not have been worse. Or for the writers of Deadpool 2, better. You ready for this? While in high school, Axel is making out with a pretty girl on the beach. Intoxicated. And it’s only natural to expect Axel to throw up all over his partner’s face, right? Well maybe if it wasn’t for the fact that Axel’s vomit is highly acidic. I mean Axel, who we’ll just refer to as Zeitgeist, has acidic vomit than can burn through 10 cm of steel in less than 30 seconds. To be honest, there isn’t much else to know about this character. And I have a strong feeling that Zeitgeist’s role in Deadpool will involve bodily fluids finding their way into the worst (I mean funniest) possible nooks and crannies.
Ah. No Uncanny alliance of anti-heroes would be complete without their very own Peter. Who is Peter? We do not know. But if you watch the Deadpool trailer, you’ll see Peter show up. When asked what his super power is, Peter replies with “I don’t have one. I just saw the ad”. And just like that, Peter is on the team. He can be seen freefalling through the sky in a clearly important mission in which he is most crucial to its success.
Rusty Collins, known as Firefist, has the power of pyrokinesis. He can manipulate and generate fire at his will. He at one point becomes brain washed but is saved by Cable. From the clutches of Apocalypse who I doubt will make an appearance in this movie. So, I figure that something along those lines will act as the plot base for Deadpool 2. Even Deadpool himself outlines his plan to save a kid (Firefist), in the Deadpool 2 trailer. However, Deadpool needs help to save Firefist so that is where X-Force comes into play. Let’s not forget retuning fan favorites from Deadpool 1. Negasonic Teenage Warhead whose powers in the movie don’t really match up with her comic book abilities, somewhat. And Colossus. The mutant who can transform his entire body into organic steel and speak fluent Russian accent. What can we expect from Deadpool 2? I’d say time travel, fire, explosions, weaponized bodily secretions, sword fights, fist fights, and Peter. Did I forget the most powerful ability of all? Deadpool can break the 4th wall. That’s right. He knows he is in a Cinematic Universe and will make fun of DC comics! He already does so in the trailer. You can enjoy Deadpool 2 and all of its glory (or infamy) May 18th 2018.