Cameos and Easter eggs have become a huge draw for geek fans. Deadpool 2 is no different. Here are five surprising Deadpool 2 cameos.
Deadpool 2 does what all sequels must do – it goes bigger and bolder with its action and its humour. But this film isn’t just any sequel, it is a Deadpool sequel and, by dint of that, the film throws in a host of unexpected little cameos that greatly add to the film’s enjoyment.
These surprising moments are guaranteed to elicit whoops from audiences, whether they are hardcore geeks or regular folk hanging out at the cinema.
Here we look at the top five cameos we loved in Deadpool 2. Be warned, there are spoilers ahead. Please watch the film before reading this!
1 – The X-Men
Deadpool was made on a much smaller budget than most superhero films and thus, could only afford a CGI Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. The film even made a joke about how it couldn’t pay to have more X-Men show up.
Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead return for Deadpool 2 and once again Deadpool wonders why the X-Men mansion is devoid of, you know, other X-Men! Just as he is monologuing about the studio not throwing this production a bone, the audience get a glimpse inside a room in the background with… the current time-line X-Men. You can clearly see Quicksilver, Cyclops and Professor X as Beast closes the door. Deadpool remains none the wiser but the audience are bound to get a kick out of this shot.
How precisely the film managed to achieve this crossover/cameo is a mystery at the moment. However, we do know that both Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix were filmed around the same time in different parts of Canada, so that probably helped bring the teams together.
Does this mean we will get a Deadpool cameo in X-Men: Dark Phoenix? We will have to wait till 2019 to find out!
2 – Alan Tudyk
This is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo that is easy to overlook because of the framing of the scene.
The setup of the scene puts the focus on the background where Cable is arriving after travelling through time. In the foreground are two rednecks discussing the ineffectualness of toilet paper. It’s a gross conversation but viewers will immediately get the sense that the two characters deserve their attention because one of the rednecks is played by none other than Alan Tudyk, best known for playing Wash in Firefly and K-2SO in Rogue One.
It is particularly difficult to acknowledge Tudyk’s presence in the scene because his profile is to the camera throughout. He also happens to be the redneck who isn’t speaking. In fact, he barely says a couple of words before being knocked out by Cable.
What is also interesting is the fact that the redneck who is speaking throughout the scene is clearly covered in make-up and prosthetics. According to this Radio Times interview with Domino actor Zazie Beetz, the actor portraying the other redneck could be someone significant but no word yet on who it could be. Tell us already!
3 – Brad Pitt
2017’s Thor: Ragnarok had an amazing set of celebrity cameos that were the talk of the town for weeks after. After all, who could have predicted Matt Damon playing an Asgardian actor portraying Loki in an over-the-top theatrical production? Nobody, that’s who.
Going into Deadpool 2, audiences would have been forgiven for imagining that the film couldn’t hope to equal the calibre of cameos the Marvel Cinematic Universe can employ. They would be wrong.
When Deadpool decides to fight Cable with the help of a new team he dubs X-Force, one of the members he recruits is the invisible Vanisher. The identity of the Vanisher is a secret to the characters and the audience but there is an inkling that it could be someone we know.
On X-Force’s first mission, things go completely pear-shaped with the new team-members dying in gruesome and hilarious ways due to an unheeded wind warning (no, there’s no pun in that).
One of those to perish is the Vanisher, who comes to a shocking end when he flies into electrical cables (see what we did there?). The moment lasts a split second but it is long enough for us to see that the Vanisher was Brad Pitt all along! Talk about unexpected.
This cameo is particularly hilarious since Deadpool and his friend/potential sidekick Dopindar have extended conversations about the infamous Interview with the Vampire film, but never mention Brad Pitt or his character Louis from the film.
4 – Wolverine
Logan was a fitting end to Wolverine’s trilogy and following the release of the film, Hugh Jackman announced that he would not be donning the adamantium claws and mutton chops again. He did not count on Deadpool 2.
In a mid-credits scene, Deadpool gets Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her girlfriend Yukio to fix Cable’s time-travelling machine, which he then uses to correct ‘mistakes’ in the past.
Cut to Wolverine confronting Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The scene plays out much as we remember it from Wolverine’s first solo outing until Deadpool shows up and shoots his doppelganger. You can practically see the satisfaction on Deadpool’s face, even through his mask.
It is important to note that Wolverine has no new scenes in this film and Hugh Jackman did not technically reprise his role. Jackman gets a special mention in the end credits but is not included in the cast list. The scene is a re-edited version of the one in X-Men Origins: Wolverine with some clever use of shadow and light for the shot of Deadpool shooting Weapon XI.
Nevertheless, it is a surprising and fantastic inclusion, which now acts as Wolverine’s final appearance (so far). Not a bad way to go, we would say.
5 – ‘Ryan Reynolds’
Yes, we know Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool but the series hasn’t shied away from making meta jokes regarding Reynolds’ and Deadpool’s connection, especially as Reynolds is mentioned in one of the Deadpool comic books.
There was a fun little joke in the first film when a People magazine featuring Reynolds on the cover went flying by during the opening credits. Deadpool also made tongue-in-cheek references to Reynold’s other superhero venture, Green Lantern, firmly establishing the actor as a character in Deadpool’s universe. Talk about meta.
Fans had to wait till the mid-credits scene for a reference to Reynolds in Deadpool 2, but it was definitely worth the wait.
As Deadpool hops around ‘fixing’ the time-line, we see Ryan Reynolds holding the script to Green Lantern, deliriously happy at the prospect of finally joining “the big league”. A sudden splatter of blood on the script announces the presence of Deadpool, gun in hand, aimed directly at Reynolds’ head. Poor Reynolds never saw it coming.
This is the kind of meta joke that doesn’t quite make sense – killing Reynolds before Green Lantern is even made means he can’t go on to make Deadpool, thus erasing Deadpool himself from existence – but, that is not the point here and you are definitely not supposed to overthink it!
Needless to say, this was one of the most hilarious of all the Deadpool 2 cameos. Also, props to the hair and make-up department for making Reynolds look the way he did in 2010-11.
From what we understand, more cameos may be revealed later but at the moment, these surprising appearances are our favourites. Which one was yours? Let us know!
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