Deadpool 2 red carpet

Ryan Reynolds, Terry Crews, and the cast of Deadpool 2 hit the red carpet in NYC

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May 14, 2018, 10:35 PM EDT

Between his status as Deadpool 2’s star and one of the masterminds behind the franchise, Ryan Reynolds could probably be expected to set his own schedule for the film’s promotion. But at a special Deadpool 2 fan event in New York City, Reynolds was not only the first star to arrive, he came with his wife (and former Green Lantern co-star), Blake Lively, and happily answered our question about why Deadpool 2 didn’t end up having a subtitle worthy of Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth.

“I honestly, we ran out of time and we just said the hell with it,” Reynolds told SYFY WIRE. “We didn’t want to get too cute with it.”

According to our red carpet reporter Mike Avila, the entire Deadpool 2 cast came out to the event, including Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, and Terry Crews. In fact, Crews seemed particularly happy to see Leslie Uggams, who co-stars in the film as Blind Al. The mood was extremely festive, and even Deadpool creators Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld were on hand to enjoy the countdown to one of the year’s biggest superhero films. 

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Surprisingly, Deadpool 2 will be the very first time that Crews has appeared in a superhero movie. And when we asked why he hadn’t done a comic book movie before, Crews gave a very frank response. 

“Everybody at first was like, 'Why hasn't Terry Crews been in one of these movies?’ I was always waiting for the right time,” explained Crews. “There were just things that weren't right. To be honest with you, there weren't a lot of black characters. It's got to be right, and it's got to fit me.”

One of the biggest reasons that Crews finally agreed to break into the genre was that Reynolds reached out directly to him.

“Ryan was the one who called and said, ‘Hey man, I got something for you in this one. And with the comedic tone that you do, it's actually perfect," recalled Crews. “I live for this stuff. I'm a big, big fan of the first one.”

We also spent a few minutes with Julian Dennison, the young actor who plays Fire Fist in the movie, the young mutant at the heart of the action. He told us that he’s thrilled to be a part of the X-Men movieverse, and he’s hopeful that he’ll stick around for X-Force... assuming he lives through Deadpool 2. “They may just decide to kill me off, so who knows?” said Dennison.

SYFY WIRE'S video from this event will be posted in the near future. Deadpool 2 will be released this Friday, May 18.