Deadpool is one of those rare Twitter denizens who’s so cool, all he has to do is sit back and watch people follow him while he aloofly stays on his own island. Until this week, the mouthy merc had deigned to follow only one other account in all the Twitterverse, bestowing that high honor on the Sanrio's Hello Kitty.
In a telling bit of self-sharing, Deadpool had opened up about his need for more Twitter friends earlier this year. Now, after two months of desperate searching, he's at last reached out to another fellow tweeter, showing the world that there’s more to him — we think — than an infatuation for saccharine pink cuteness foisted on the world by a behemoth toy company.
The second Earthly soul (giving Hello Kitty the benefit of the doubt) to get Deadpool’s Twitter love is none other than Peter (@PeterW_1974), the X-Force’s newest recruit. Having signed up only in March, Peter hasn’t exactly been hanging out on Twitter long himself. If we didn’t know better, in fact, we’d almost say it’s marketing.
But that can’t be right. Just look at Peter’s account: A true renaissance man, Peter likes to do an eclectically mundane variety of spectacularly pedestrian real-world activities: grill on his deck, watch sports, retweet the TSA, and tend bees, all while his wife, Susan, ignores him so she can “train” in the garage with Gus, her fitness guru.
The tweets are rock-solid, too: Whether marveling at a photo of a winged tiger (“No way it’s real”) to sharing a disturbingly dubious childhood photo on Santa’s knee, Peter (who's played in the movie by Rob Delaney) may just be the comedic yang to Deadpool’s Twitter yin.
It all sounds about right for the kind of guy who ended up on the X-Force just by answering an ad. And it makes total sense, in a Deadpool kind of way, that he’d get on Wade Wilson’s short list. As the movie’s latest (NSFW) trailer shows, after all, having no special powers or superhero chops may end up being such an extraordinary liability that it boomerangs into an asset… or at least that’s what we’re hoping.
With only a few weeks to go before Deadpool 2 sasses its way into theaters, we’re expecting this newly-blossomed Twitter friendship to escalate into something poignant and touching… or not. Either way, it’ll give us a better sense of what to expect when Peter ends up being absolutely no help at all once Deadpool 2 hits the big screen on May 18.