Rating: 8.5 / 10
Deadpool is back.. and he's not coming alone. This is our spoiler free review of Deadpool 2 in theatres now!
With Deadpool 1 a huge success both with fans and critics, the expectations for it's sequel remained high, and boy did it meet them. Proving that the second coming was worth the wait, Ryan Reynolds brought us exactly the sequel that we needed. More laughs, more fourth wall breaking and more amazing action scenes, Deadpool 2 definitely lived up to the hype.
Deadpool 2 felt more like a movie. Sounds silly, but it's true. Deadpool 1 felt almost like a taster, a mere lick of the chimichanga, for what Ryan Reynolds & Co. had to offer, this time around, the chimichanga was piping hot and there was no messing about.
Easily matching the quality of the first film, Deadpool 2 revels in it's previous film's risks. It doesn't feel as if it needs to be hesitant with what it can do anymore, as DP rightly puts it in the opening scenes. Most of the characters get the right amount of screentime and the writing for their respective roles is superb.
One of the biggest joys of Deadpool is the sheer amount of meta-humour that can be filled into each and every scene, and trust us, it really doesn't disappoint. The trailers give away some of the more audience friendly jokes but the ones saved for the movie are (mostly) an absolute treat.
Despite all the fun we had, almost every film has it's flaws. That's not to say that Deadpool doesn't deliver, however there are some small criticisms that need to be made for this to be a proper review.
Our biggest criticism- even though it really is a nitpick- is that the X-Force weren't explored to their full potential. Spending a good portion of the second act setting up Bedlam, Shatterstar, Peter and of course Domino, it seemed as if the film had big plans for the new team. Although we won't go into details, the only character that did receive an apt amount of screen time was Zazie Beets' Domino, who was only improved during apparent re-shoots along with Josh Brolin's Cable.
However with an X-Force movie apparently on the cards, we can sure expect this to change as we explore more about Deadpool's new gender neutral crew.
Our second and final gripe is that the film can overly saturate a joke here or there for the sake of telling it- there are only a minute portion of the jokes in the film in which that happens to but other than that, we couldn't have enjoyed the film much more.
Another one of the great things about this movie is it's soundtrack and score. Celine Dion provides the beautiful yet satirical 'Ashes' performance for the film and it's inclusion is both meaningful and hilarious. Inclusion of other pop classics and lesser known songs also provide great double meanings for the context of the film.
Of course, it isn't a Deadpool movie without the huge amount of references to the outside world, including the MCU, DCEU- boy does that get some shade, Warner Bros and Cher- what more could you want?
Of course the film isn't necessarily a big shocker like last month's Avengers: Infinity War which left our nerves absolutely shredded, but it certainly doesn't mean it disappoints. The film is an absolute ride and exactly what you'd expect from a Deadpool sequel. We just have one question...
Thanks very much for taking the time to read our spoiler free review of Deadpool 2, in theatres around the globe right now. Come back later this week for our Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler Free Review and in a couple of weeks for our Spoiler Filled Podcasts for both Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story in which we will be going into every detail of the film and what we loved, what he hated and everything in between. Stay odd- A Space Oddity!
With a new look, is a new format to the Weekly Oddity here on A Space Oddity. Based upon what our readers have told us, 7 articles is rather a lot, so we're bringing it down to 3 articles featuring this weeks biggest stories- this week it includes Spiderman Homecoming 2, DC's Shazam! and Solo: A Star Wars' Story's Opening Weekend. Read on to find out more!
Spiderman Homecoming 2 will reprise Michael Keaton's The Vulture.
Actor Michael Keaton is set to return as Adrian Toomes aka. The Vulture in the currently untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. The Spider-Man sequel will be the first Phase 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, following the release of next year's untitled Avengers: Infinity War followup (known for now as Avengers 4). It will also be the last film on Marvel Studios' official release slate for the next year, now that the studio has confirmed it won't be announcing its Phase 4 lineup until the fourth Avengers movie hits theaters.
According to Variety, Keaton will reprise his Homecoming role as The Vulture in next year's sequel. The news was revealed as part of Variety's larger report about Jake Gyllenhaal closing a deal to join the Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 cast, in a role believed to be that of the main villain, Mysterio. Details beyond that are being kept under wraps for now, including whether Keaton's Vulture will be Team Mysterio or Team Spider-Man in the film.
First (Official) look at Zachary Levi as Shazam!
Zachary Levi, actor portraying the DCEU's interpretation of Shazam aka Billy Batson, posted a photo of himself and what looks like an ad for Shazam! on Instagram today, which gives fans their first real look at David F. Sandberg's 2019 film, Shazam!. While he's since deleted the post, you can still check out the image above.
Based on this "first look" as well as what has been leaked in set photos so far, Zachary Levi's Shazam costume clearly takes inspiration from WB's Justice League: War animated movie (which is based on the Justice League: Origin comic book story), just as Sandberg said it would. Off the bat, the most noticeable similarity is the lightning bolt on Levi's chest; its shape and color heavily resembles the more recent incarnations of the character, just like Shazam's cape.
Now that the first look at Shazam! is out, fans should expect to see an official image sooner rather than later and then possibly a teaser trailer later this summer- something that we are very intrigued to see...
Solo: A Star Wars Story's Memorial Weekend Highest in 4 Years.
Solo: A Star Wars Story had the biggest Memorial Holiday weekend box office opening since 2014, despite coming in below expectations. The Star Wars anthology film, which explores the backstory and origins of our favourite smuggler Han Solo, endured a mid-production wobbly change in directors and extended principal photography before making it to the silver screen Despite that, the movie was projected to set a Memorial Holiday weekend opening record during its four day debut around the world, in the last few weeks ahead of its release.
Ultimately, however, that didn't happen; Solo's three day domestic opening take of $84.7 million was considerably below that of the previous Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One (which opened with $155.1 million in December 2016). That further makes Solo's opening the smallest for a Star Wars movie released since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, after Rogue One and the last two mainline installments, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi (both of which debuted with over $200 million domestically).
We will be reviewing Solo: A Star War Story, along with Deadpool 2 in the next fortnight.
However before we finish, we would like to present the brand new Marvel: Ant Man and the Wasp TV Spot that's been released in the last few minutes- check it out below!
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Monday 14th May: Doom Patrol series ordered for DC streaming service
The new DC streaming service called 'DC Universe' has ordered a 13 episode live action series called 'Doom Patrol'. The team in the comic books is a group of outcast superheros: Negative man, Robotman, Elasti-girl, Crazy Jane and led by mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The DC Universe is slowly becoming a really exciting streaming service with many great original shows upcoming. We will definitely be providing more information on this show and the rest when more news arrives.
Tuesday 15th May: Tom Ellis on BBC Newsnight to talk about cancellation
Tom Ellis ,star of Lucifer, appeared on BBC Newsnight to talk about the recent cancellation of his show Lucifer. He did ,however hint that the show might move to another network
"All I’m saying is watch this space.” And continued on to say "“I’m not in a place to talk about conversations that are or are not happening all I know is that a conversation has been sparked like this, but an obvious place would be somewhere like that [streaming services].” We are devastated to here of the cancellation of the show, and can hope that another network can pick it up as season 3 ended on a huge cliffhanger that will be unfair to fans if there will be no-more episodes. In the words of the Devil himself watch this space for breaking news of the show.
Wednesday 16th May: Marvel open to having a new Black Panther in sequels
Recently, Nate Moore sat down with Screen Rant for a short interview where he talked Black Panther in honor of its home release. It was there the producer opened up about the chances of whether a Black Panther aside from T’Challa could debut in an upcoming sequel, and Moore says
“One thing I like to tell Ryan is, the Black Panther is a mantle as much as it is a person, so we're not restricted by anything, because the truth is, there's a lot of different ways to go back to Wakanda and have a good time and continue to explore the themes that made the first film so resonant,”
Thursday 17th May: Batwoman and city of Gotham being introduced in next CW crossover
Arrow star Stephen Amell made an announcement during the CW'S upfront presentation saying to the crowd "We're incredibly excited to announce that we'll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we'll be introducing a new character. For the very first time appearing, we'll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it." We love the Arrowverse here at ASO and will keep you updated on any further details of the upcoming seasons in the fall and any more news on the crossover and Batwoman.
Friday 18th May: Andy Serkis wants to join Matt Reeves 'The Batman'
Andy Serkis the motion capture expert has spoken out about how he would like to join Matt Reeves, who he has worked with before in the Planet of the Apes trilogy, on the new Batman movie:
"Oh, for sure! I mean, I'd go to the edge of the created universe with Matt [Reeves]. I mean, he's the most brilliant director. I would work with anything with him again, y'know, I mean, I absolutely adore him and we're very good friends, close friends, and I think he's an extraordinary director so for sure."
Saturday 19th May: Vincent D'Onofrio finished filming Daredevil season 3
Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, who was the main antagonist of season 1 has currently finished filming for season 3. He has been seen in one episode of season 2 and is believed to have been filming the 'Born Again' storyline: *Potential spoilers ahead*
The plot revolves around Fisk learning Daredevil‘s true identity to be Matt Murdock. Karen Page becomes a heroin addict and a struggling pornstar in need of cash. Because of this, she sells Murdock’s personal information to the Kingpin. Fisk, in classic Fisk fashion, proceeds to destroy virtually ever aspect of the hero’s life; from forcing Murdock on the street to attempting a murder by way of drenching him in whiskey, strapping him to a car and pushing him into a river, Fisk truly figured out how to break Matt Murdock. This is only a minor example, though, of the brilliant writing in the comic that puts Murdock and Fisk at odds.
Sunday 19th May: Deadpool 2 scores second highest R rated movie ever
Deadpool 2 smashed the box office this weekend gaining one of the highest R rated debuts in history. Box Office Mojo has stated that Deadpool 2 grossed $125 million this weekend, which is the second highest R rated debut in the US. The movie cost $110 million to make, and globally it has already made $301 million, meaning the film has already made a profit and will continue too for the rest of it time in the cinema.
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James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in talks to join the sequel as the Losers' Club leader Bill Denbrough and jokester Richie Tozier, respectively. Though nothing has been confirmed for the actors, production on the sequel is expected to begin this summer, so casting should be announced officially fairly soon. The only other members of the Losers' Club left to cast are Mike Hanlon, Stan Uris, and Ben Hanscom.
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