It’s always nice to have the family home for the holidays, sitting around the table, enjoying some nice turkey, and R-rated violence. Oh wait, that’s just the Deadpool family.
The first official poster for Deadpool 2 (out June 1, 2018) dropped online today, and it’s a pitch perfect “Marvel-ized” version of Norman Rockwell’s painting Freedom From Want. Created between 1941-1943 and inspired by FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech to Congress, the iconic work depicts an American family sitting down to a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner, which has been parodied ad infinitum. Naturally, Rockwell was famous for his depictions of small-town Americana, which has endured until today. Some of his stuff is kind of creepy so it lends itself well to manipulation by those looking to put a spin on it.
He probably never thought his painting would be appropriated by a foul-mouthed and immortal antihero in skintight spandex. We don’t think anyone could have seen that one coming. In this version, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Cable (Josh Brolin) take the place of mother and father at the table, with Wade holding the turkey and Cable just looking surly.
The rest of the movie’s cast round out the smiling family: Dopinder (Karan Soni), Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapičić). The cherry on top of the blood-soaked yams is a framed, Jesus-esque portrait of Stan Lee, who played a strip-club DJ in the first movie and himself in a teaser trailer for the sequel, in which he compliments Deadpool on his suit.
The plot of the movie is unknown at this time, but it will definitely include time-traveling and luck-manipulating mutants (Brolin and Beetz), laying the foundation for the mutant team known as the X-Force created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in the early ‘90s.
Directed by stunt coordinator and John Wick director David Leitch (taking over from Tim Miller), Deadpool 2 is expected to top the laugh-out-loud, ultraviolet, and fourth-wall-breaking hijinks of the first installment, especially since they were both penned by the duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Despite the death of a stuntwoman on set in Vancouver over the summer, the film is still on track to arrive next summer.
Just one question: Will Wade be slicing the turkey with his katanas?