When you have a big movie to promote, it's not at all uncommon to hit one of the major talk shows the week it comes out. You sit next to the host, you banter, you tell a story about your kids, show a clip, and then you're out of there. So it certainly wouldn't have been surprising to learn that Ryan Reynolds was going to do that to promote Deadpool 2, the superhero sequel that's already primed to be one of the year's biggest blockbusters. Or Deadpool could just completely take over The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for a few minutes Tuesday night.
After making his usual entrance and going through the news of the day during his Tuesday monologue, Colbert pivoted from political jokes to pop culture jokes, and seemed to be gearing up for a punchline aimed at the glut of superhero movies that have yet to be released this year. The host wondered aloud if audiences would ever reach a point when they would flat-out be sick of superheroes. That's when the Merc With the Mouth himself, Wade Wilson, showed up to give his two cents.
After encouraging the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater to remain seated ("It's CBS. I know how old your audience is."), Deadpool volunteered himself to be a guest on Colbert's show. When Colbert countered that he already had guests lined up, Deadpool was not deterred, and instead decided to take over the remainder of Colbert's monologue time. What followed was a string of jokes aimed at Donald Trump, Colbert himself, and Ryan Reynolds ("He's like a poor man's Ryan Reynolds"). There's even a little treat for Avengers: Infinity War fans at the end. Check it out.
Yes, both Deadpool films have been heavily steeped in all manner of marketing stunts, including Reynolds showing up numerous times in costume to promote the franchise. One day that level of audacious goofiness might get tiresome, but it hasn't yet, and Reynolds is clearly still having fun doing it.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters Friday.