We've already said that the marketing folks at 20th Century Fox could quit while they're ahead when it comes to Deadpool 2 and the movie would still make an insane amount of money. And yet the gonzo publicity for the sequel continues with a video that re-imagines these Marvel characters as if they existed in the universe of beloved American sitcom Golden Girls.
Using some retro orange font and Cynthia Fee's rendition of "Thank You for Being a Friend," the official re-edit by Fox introduces Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Dopinder (Karan Soni), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), and Peter (Rob Delaney) in a disarming manner that in no way alludes to all the death, destruction, foul language, and nudity we see and hear in the movie. In other words, it captures the harmless fun of Golden Girls, which revolved around a bunch of retired women living together in Miami, Florida.
Despite all the profanity and gore that give Deadpool 2 its hard R rating, the film is heavy on themes of family, love, and belonging, which were also recurrinng elements on Golden Girls, which ran between 1985 and 1992 for a total of 180 episodes.
“It’s a dysfunctional family," said the movie's co-screenwriter Paul Wernick while describing Wade's X-Force. "Deadpool’s looking for a family, and he finds this group of really f*****-up, dysfunctional folks who all have similar backgrounds to him who come together and make each other whole."