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Published on May 18th, 2018 | by Kevin Given


Review: Deadpool 2: does he die or does he live?

The question on everyone’s mind…Does Stan Lee make a cameo? Uh, no, I mean, yes, he does, well sort of. But that’s not the question. The question is…Does Deadpool die?

Did Spock die? Did Obi-Wan Kenobi die? Did Captain Kirk die? Hell, Kirk’s such a bad ass he even died twice! Did Superman die? Speaking of Superman, most of the main characters in the DC and Marvel universes died. And in Avengers Infinity War…nah, that ones too soon, no spoilers. But what franchise would kill off the main character in the second film of a series (see the aforementioned Spock.)

The point is comic book and sci-fi heroes and villains die so often that death becomes moot (Incidentally that’s one of the things I’ve always hated about comic books, way too many deaths and resurrections.) And it’s about time someone parodied the death of… (pick a character.) Now, I’m not going to answer that question literally, but unless your I.Q. is about 50, then you’ll realize that I just answered it. Anyway, apart from the metaphysical, is the film worth seeing?

I loved it! But, in comparison to the original, I would say this entry is a little weaker. David Leitch does a great job directing, but Tim Miller’s direction is slightly better. The pacing is stronger and the direction overall a little more intense. The humor is still there, but some of the jokes were recycled from the first film. The film is great, and I hope there are many more but the first one is slightly better. There are still some great digs at other comic book related films and pop culture. In one scene Deadpool suggests that Cable (Josh Brolin, who, by this time tomorrow night, will be the main villain in the top two movies in North America, both of which are based on Marvel comics) is from the DC universe because of how dark his character is.

The opening scene is another dig at Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine where Wade Wilson is complaining that Wolverine one upped him by dying in his final film and he promises that he’s going to die in this movie. He’s even got a type of model with Jackman’s Wolverine dead on the ground. Then we get an action-packed scene where Deadpool takes down some drug lords. It’s a great opening and sets us up for more excitement. The plot deals with a muscle-bound mercenary who comes back in time to kill a teen mutant called Firefist (Julian Dennison) who grew up to wreak havoc somehow in the future. And yes, terminator jokes abound. Another Marvel bad ass villain arrives and befriends Firefist and he vows to get revenge on the orphanage that abused him. Cable knows he’s no match for the villain in question, so he seeks help from Deadpool. Deadpool creates his own team which he dubs X-Force and what happens to this team as they parachute onto a busy highway to try and stop Firefist and his new friend is one of the comedic highlights of the film.

All in all another great Superhero film, even as it’s sending up the genre, and two hours of good fun. **** (8.8 rating.)

Director: David Leitch
Producer: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds


Ryan Reynolds
Josh Brolin
Morena Baccarin
Julian Dennison
Zazie Beetz
T.J. Miller
Brianna Hildebrand
Jack Kesy

Music: Tyler Bates
Cinematography: Jonathan Sela
Production: Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, The Donners’ Company
Distributer: 20th Century Fox

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About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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