When Wade was aware about how Dopinder was running over the evil Headmaster, was he just joking around that karma should finish the job or was he giving Dopinder the chance of making his first fatality as a contract killer?
Also, Colossus surprisingly never even batted an eye at the Headmaster's demise, even though he heavily objected to Wade killing off Ajax. Did he understand that the Headmaster was even worse than Ajax, or did he just not mind that at least nature took its course with the Headmaster, in contrast to Wade willing to finish the deed in his own free will?
There could be an interpretation as if the Essex Corp.'s staff really did use involuntary rape against the children or if Deadpool was just commenting on how creepy they were.
It's ambiguous as to if Dopinder knew that the Headmaster was evil. If not, he might have been just picking some random dude standing out in the open. Or he could have just not liked the fact that he was berating his friends after they spared him from Firefist's wrath. Or Wade had indeed informed him of the Headmaster's crimes and used this as a good advantage to take him out.
The infamous pegging scene from the previous movie showed Wade being uncomfortable on the receiving end of a strap-on, something fans expressed disbelief over considering that it's...well, Wade. This time around, he eagerly asks Vanessa to go get the strap-on, and though she points out that this isn't going to help them in their babymaking endeavors, does so gladly.
Word of God stating the time-travel stingers are indeed canon, so while the swarm of thinkpieces over Vanessa being Stuffed in the Fridge after being an interesting character in the first film still made their way out, in the end, she's still around.
Award Snub: This film somehow managed to get passed over for a Best Original Song Oscar, despite having music by Miss Oscar Bait herself, Céline Dion.
"Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J has been used as the unofficial theme song of the movie during the trailers, and it lines up perfectly. Even better, it uses the Undefeated Remix with a powerful beat that gives it an extra punch.
A combat montage, early in the film, is set to Dolly Parton's "9 to 5".
The Orphanage Headmaster was such a repulsive guy throughout his screentime that it's just so needlessly satisfactory once Dopinder runs him over with his taxi. It's also cathartic for Dopinder to be the one killing the Headmaster, because it means he finally gets his kill and proves himself worthy of being a contract killer.
A non-physical example: Deadpool taking potshots to the DC Extended Universe (It's dark and somber tone courtesy of Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill's digitally edited mustache) is definitely one of them.
The whole end credits stinger, especially Vanessa being saved, and Deadpool killing his own actor in a point blank range.
Contested Sequel: Fan reaction to the film has been generally positive but there is a sharp split between the fandom. To many, Deadpool 2is superior to the first, being brighter, faster, and funnier than its predecessor, whilst also having more emotional weight. To others, the film is entertaining, but not as fresh as the first one, with the tonal shifts towards more serious material not always paying off.
Wade's time in the Ice Box has many Prison Rape jokes. Russell, a fourteen year-old boy, is not spared from these, either.
Wade:[to Russell] This doesn't end with us riding off into the sunset. It ends with me dying of cancer and you winning the Ice Box award for softest mouth.
The scene where Wade accepts an offer from Cable to team up against the Juggernaut. What makes this scene cross the line? He's growing back his legs after Juggernaut ripped them off. You can probably imagine the rest.
The gruesome deaths of almost every member of X-Force sans Deadpool and Domino. They'd be horrifying if not for the fact that they keep getting more ridiculously over-the-top and gory with each death scene. The fact that all this happens while "Thunderstruck" continues to play in the background just hammers it home.
Many fans thought Peter stole the movie. Though he dies pretty soon after joining the team, The Stinger has Deadpool save him from his death via a time travel machine.
Yukio is very well-liked despite her limited presence. Her cool power set, upbeat personality, the fact she makes even Deadpoolsquee at the sight of her, and that she's a Badass Gay that doesn't act stereotypical or offensive has earned her a large following. In fact, some were disappointed we didn't get to see more of her.
With Disney having bought 21st Century Fox, including the X-Men movie rights, some people speculated that this movie and its predecessor would be preemptively retconned to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whether via small details in the film itself or just via auxiliary information like with the Netflix shows. This was somewhat supported by the increase in tie-in deals and merchandise for Deadpool 2 compared to its predecessor, as Marvel previously (and infamously) restricted merchandise and tie-ins for X-Men films due to their belonging to a competing company and former MCU producer Ike Perlmutter having a personal vendetta against Fox (which culminated in the Inhumans disaster). While the status of any such crossovers or tie-ins was unclear due to the transaction not being finalized as of the time of release, Deadpool calls Cable "Thanos" mockingly, and a tweet by Ryan Reynolds shows Deadpool's alleged rejection letter from Tony Stark and the Avengers.note This is a common meme that was used for Spider-Man prior to his own integration into the MCU. The film itself also includes plenty of digs at the MCU.
It's speculated that Deadpool saved the other X-Force members from death using the Time Travel device, and not just Peter. Shatterstar actor Lewis Tan claims this, and has also claimed he will return in the hypothetical X-Force movie. It hasn't yet been completely confirmed outside of Tan's statement.
"Daniel", the orderly working at the Essex House, is theorised to be none other than Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a Mister Sinister, owing to their rhyming names and his pale complexion.
Feel free to imagine Deadpool violently correcting various other unpopular decisions in comic book adaptations after seeing the ending.
Mojoworld and all of its associated characters, especially Mojo himself, provoke plenty of this.
Friendly Fandoms: Continuing from the first movie, many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were eagerly awaiting Deadpool 2 because of how beloved, faithful and off-the-walls the first film was, but Disney's buyout of Fox has taken this to a new level since Bob Iger confirmed that Deadpool would most likely continue as an R-rated franchise and it gives the Deadpool film franchise synergy potential with the MCU (whether preemptive or after the buyout was completed). Ryan Reynolds himself even made a dirty, in-character tweet about the acquisition, and fans gobbled it up gleefully. Regardless of whether there'll be any canonical synergy, marketing for Deadpool 2 takes the Friendly Fandoms relationship and runs with it, with Deadpool's "Thanos" nickname for Cable and another Ryan Reynolds tweet showing a parodic Avengers rejection letter for Deadpool. Many fans also anticipated Deadpool 2 because they needed a pick-me-up after Avengers: Infinity War.
Domino's superpower being Born Lucky (and using it to survive at least one, if not several, horrible car crashes in the trailers) comes across as painfully ironic considering the accidental death of one of her stunt doubles in a motorcycle stunt on set.
A mere two days after the film's release in Taiwan, a paratrooper's parachute malfunctioned during a military drill, and he plummeted to the ground.
Heartwarming in Hindsight: Considering that Josh Brolin's previous role as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War has him sacrificing his adoptive daughter's life in order to achieve his goal of wiping out half the universe, it's rather heartwarming that Brolin's current role as Cable has him doing everything in his power to save his wife and daughter, as well as countless civilians from becoming victims of Firefist's rampage in the Bad Future. He even has the power to go back in time and change the past, just like Thanos did with the Time Stone. Unlike Thanos, who uses it to reverse Vision's Heroic Sacrifice to get the Mind Stone and brutally kills him again, Cable uses the power to save Deadpool's life even at the cost of never going back to his family in the future again.
In the first film, Wade promised to Vanessa that he would come back in "the next life, and I'm gonna boombox 'Careless Whisper' outside your window" in reference to most famous scene of Say Anything... and now he is doing just that... to Colossus.
Josh Brolin's casting as Cable is this, since Brolin also plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who hates Deadpool in the comics due to the latter stealing Death from him. Given that Deadpool has Medium Awareness, that may well not have been a coincidence. Even more so considering that the Disney/Fox merger has placed this movie under the same ownership as the MCU. Deadpool even lampshades this, calling him Thanos while talking to the audience.
The Disney/Fox merger might also make it prophetic that Deadpool 2 uses a rendition of "Tomorrow" from the Wonderful World of Disney version of Annie, rather than one from a Broadway production or a theatrical Annie movie.
Also, Deadpool's voice actors in the Japanese and Latin American Spanish dubs (Yasuyuki Kase and José Antonio Macías respectively) also previously voiced Calvin J. Candie in their respective dubs of Django Unchained, making Deadpool's criticism against Cable of being a racist falling in this territory.
Another hilarious outtake from the Japanese dub is the fact Yu Shimamura (Negasonic) and Shioli Kutsuna (Yukio in both the dub and the original version) previously worked in Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV as Cindy Aurum and Lunafreya "Luna" Nox Fleuret respectively in their respective works, both characters having some kind of relationship with the main character of the game, in this case Noctis Lucis Caelum, albeit in their own particular way (professional in Cindy's case, romantic in Luna's one). In this film, both girls are related to each other instead.
And yet another one involving Shimamura, her role as Negasonic is pretty hilarious due of her previous role as Annie Leonhart since in this film, she fights against a giant, monstrous being who is a both figuratively and literally a giant Juggernaut, while in AoT, she is the giant, unstoppable juggernaut instead.
Ability over Appearance-wise, Hugh Jackman is well-known for his portrayal of Wolverine, who is notoriously short in the comics (Jackman is 6'2, Wolverine is 5'3). Come this film, Cable is 6'8 and Josh Brolin is 5'10.
The line "So dark. You sure you're not from the DC Universe?" gained further memetic traction after the trailer for DC'sTitans series showcased a series of nighttime scenes, profanity, extreme violence and supernatural horror elements.
The Juggernaut's threat of shoving Deadpool up Cable's ass becomes funnier after the Thanus meme became popular, given that both Thanos and Cable are played by Josh Brolin and Deadpool and Ant Man's costume at least have somewhat similar colour schemes.
On the subject of killing mass murderers when they are babies I wonder how Cable feels about killing baby Thanos.
Inferred Holocaust: When Domino starts relying on her luck during the assault on the convoy, the chain reactions probably result in a lot of bystanders dying off-screen. Special mention goes to a car which veers into a gas station to avoid an obstacle, only for the gas station to explode.
Internet Backdraft: Even with Vanessa's being Stuffed into the Fridge getting undone at the end, many fans still weren't happy that the plot twist amounted to shoving her aside into a Spirit Advisor role using a very tired and hated comic book cliché. The crew were caught quite off guard by the backlash and had to quickly issue a statement that her coming back is indeed canon and that she will be in the next film, though fans are still very skeptical of their claim that they had no idea of the hatred of this trope, given the presence of some deep cut comic book references like Rob Liefeld's difficulties drawing feet that very much seem like they came from someone who'd also know about this.
It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some have criticized how a lot of the elements from the first film are recycled for this one, from the Credits Gag, Weasel comparing a Non Sequitur to Deadpools current condition, and Deadpool losing a limb at the end of the second act.
LGBT Fanbase: Deadpool 2 holds the distinction of being the first superhero movie to feature a gay couple with Negasonic and Yukio. The absence of any homophobia apart from a cheeky Discriminate and Switch joke when introduced in a movie that constantly Crosses the Line Twice and the way it's treated as a genuinely happy relationship is considered groundbreaking. As you can expect, it's garnered this fanbase for that reason. That's not getting into all the very intentional Homoerotic Subtext that Deadpool engages in with the male members of the cast, either. Not to mention that the main bad guy (Eddie Marsan's vile Orphanage Headmaster) is pretty clearly the leader of a fundieconversion therapy center in everything but name.
Like You Would Really Do It: Killing Vanessa for real? Well, might be possible, but not with a time travel device being integral to the plot. Though it should be noted that this was added after reshoots. The death was initially going to stick.
Ryan Reynolds posted an image◊ of Deadpool painting Cable, only in reality using him as reference to paint Brand instead, for Josh Brolin's birthday. Cue photoshops of Deadpool painting superheroes and other characters, but previous roles the actors had or similar looking characters being on the canvas. Even the Merc with the Mouth himself wasn't safe◊.
"Well... [aside glance] ... that's just lazy writing."note In the trailer: Deadpool's remark when Cable threatens him with the line "Your time's up, you dumbfuck!" In the movie: Deadpool's remark when Cable says that his time travel device has a limited charge so the user can't jump around time at will. The line has been used as a remark when there is a sentence that doesn't make sense, or a genuinely terrible line in media.
Adopting the "most ambitious crossover in history" meme from Avengers: Infinity War, fans of this movie respond with images or gifs of Deadpool dancing with Céline Dion.
Misaimed Fandom: Fans of Infinity War think the song Ashes would fit better in that film. However, Deadpool 2 has the theme of dealing personal loss, acceptance, and redemption. 'Infinity War doesn't. While Deadpool does poke at Cable by calling him Thanos, it's really about two anti-heroes dealing with the loss of their loved ones and could beauty come out of Ashes. For Cable, yes. For Deadpool, no.
Played completely straight with the Orphanage Headmaster, who sadistically and mercilessly tortures the mutants in his care For the Evulz. Wade even implies that he sexually harasses them, which probably sinks it even further. Whether it's the case or not, it's still clear that he is the only truly malicious character in the entire film. His demise from the hands of Dopinder and his taxi was certainly well-deserved.
Russell eventually crosses the line once he kills Cable's family in the future, but this is averted once Wade successfully stops him from heading on to the dark path.
Squick: All of the over the top gory moments count as this, but the stand-out ones include:
The bloody Cruel and Unusual Deaths of all the X-Force members but Domino and Deadpool. Shatterstar gets splattered on a helicopter's rotor blades, Zeitgeist gets shredded by a wood chipper, and Peter gets melted by the acid that Zeitgeist unintentionally spewed on him.
Domino's costume, as well as her eye spot being changed from black to white was poorly-received by some fans of the character, especially in comparison to the reactions to Josh Brolin's Cable costume and Ryan Reynolds' Truer to the Text Deadpool costume from the first film. While the reason for the change was to avoid certain subtext, many feel that Zazie Beetz's skin colour was not dark enough to warrant the change, meaning the eye spot is nearly unnoticeable on her face. For the most part this is averted with regards to her race, but some wished that they'd at least try to make her look like the Dom in the comics.
For a setting which has no respect on the fourth wall and likes to utilize memes a lot, this Juggernaut didn't have the memetic line, "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!" unlike The Last Stand.
Vanessa doesn't get to do much in this film, not even having her shapeshifting superpowers like the comics. This is because she dies early in the first act, just to give Deadpool a motivation to protect Russell. After two films of her being basically just Wade's love interest, you'd think they'd have found more for her to do, or at the very least hung a lampshade on her cliche Damsel in Distressreferigerator role the way they've done with nearly every other superhero trope in existence. Luckily, Deadpool later saves her in The Stinger due to Cable's fixed time machine, so there is hope for her character.
A lot of people were disappointed that many of the X-Force, especially Bedlam and Shatterstar, abruptly die in the parachuting sequence, taking them out of the main action permanently. Worse, the trailers and advertising were made to give one the impression that they would be a Badass Crew and lead into being the stars of the future X-Force movie. Especially sad since Bedlam and Shatterstar, while not widespread characters, have a cult following and many were looking forward to seeing them in action. Hell, Bedlam is played by fan-favorite actor Terry Crews! Not only that, but Shatterstar actually gets to keep his unique origin of being a Mojoverse alien and not just a generic mutant contrary to the usual. Whether or not they'll return like Vanessa is uncertain, though Zeitgeist did not fly into a woodchipper after Peter landed and there have been discussions of proper X-Force films, so there's some hope.
For a supporting character who has appeared in two movies, Negasonic still doesn't have much to do beside fighting. She even has much less screentime than before.
Black Tom Cassidy appears as the 'second biggest' inmate in the prison and essentially runs the gangs, but he's killed by accident and ultimately serves to set off Wade's Running Gag of calling Cable out on being racist. Reportedly they planned for him to be the Big Bad (which is supported by Rob Liefeld saying that the filmmakers had actually shot a entire fight between him and Deadpool on the convoy that ended up being removed for time), but cut him to instead use Juggernaut, as their budget only allowed for one of them to take center stage, which is unfortunate given that Black Tom's power in the comics is close enough to Russell's that his planned role of being an Evil Mentor would have made a lot of sense, and his close relationship with Juggernaut would have given more justification for his usage.
Deliberately invoked by Ryan Reynolds with Vanisher's role, who was looking for a way to still include Brad Pitt in the movie after Josh Brolin was cast as Cable Explanation Brad Pitt had been an early contender for the role of Cable and came up with the gag as, in Reynolds' own words, "the most wasteful way to use the biggest movie star in the world."
Domino herself to a degree. While she does get plenty of screentime and kicks a good deal of ass, she has relatively speaking less dialogue when compared to the other major characters, leading many critics and viewers alike to think she was woefully underdeveloped.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to Deadpool's time traveling shenanigans at the ending, the X-Force were confirmed to be saved by Word of God. But never once do we see them actually fight anyone, save Peter, who was told to go home. Not to mention, Zeitgeist doesn't scream in the background either, suggesting he was already saved from his death via woodchipper. Doesn't help that The Stinger doesn't use the scenes from the trailers of them fighting.
Too Cool to Live: The X-Force, especially Bedlam and Shatterstar. Quite a few were looking forward to seeing them in action, and were disappointed that they died in cruel and unusual ways before they got to do anything.
Uncanny Valley: Deadpool's legs grow back after he is torn in half by Juggernaut, and look really odd compared to the rest of him. This is especially the case when he takes his mask off and starts walking towards Cable. Needless to say, even In-Universe everyone (minus Blind Al) is freaked out by this.
Few were expecting Bedlam and Shatterstar to make appearances in the Deadpool sequel. Unfortunately for those looking forward to seeing them get adapted and made into stars on the big screen, it ended being more a case of C-List Fodder; they died in the parachute sequence before they got to do anything.
More like unexpected story element in this case, but no one was expecting that the aforementioned Shatterstar would remain an alien from the Mojoworld as opposed to be changed into a generic mutant. In the comics, the Mojoworld is an alternate dimension that the X-Men have been involved in, with characters like Longshot and Spiral (who would likely considered too "comic booky" to adapt) originate from. The fact that Mojoworld explicitly exists in the Fox universe, despite their normal stance when comes to anything fantastic, is a definite surprise. Keep in mind, this is the same series that retcons Juggernaut from the avatar of Cyttorak into a mutant and the Phoenix Force into an split personality.
Yukio turning up again at all after The Wolverine is a surprise, and doubly so for showing up in the Deadpool sequel. It was assumed that Fox had forgotten her once the series changed the timeline, so her making an appearance five years after her debut, even if it's a different interpretation with a different actress, wasn't something expected.
Absolutely no one was expecting Weapon XI and Logan to show up in the mid-credits stinger.note Granted, it was through archive footage, but still.
After a somewhat shakily-received appearance earlier on in the franchise, no one was expecting a more familiar take on The Juggernaut to be in the movie, unless they caught the tiny glimpse of him in the trailer.
Unfortunate Implications: The usage of the Stuffed into the Fridge trope with Vanessa sparked a ton of backlash toward the movie, primarily noting that using the female character's death solely to develop a male character is loaded with a ton of sexist connotations. Regardless of the time travel ending saving her life, the fact that the entire film is build around this trope did not sit well with many people. Some felt it would be different if the movie parodied/deconstructed the act of fridging, but that it's played completely straight, coupled with the apparent ignorance of the writers about the trope in question, instead makes the entire situation that much more awkward and uncomfortable. Apparently, someone involved in the film decided they had a point, since Once Upon a Deadpool features a scene of Fred Savage calling Deadpool out for using the trope.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Colossus' reaction to Deadpool "breaking the rules" by killing a man is to beat the crap out of him and throw him in mutant jail, all the while complaining about Deadpool "betraying" him. Thing is, Wade went way out of his way to constantly state and show that he is not a hero, an anti-hero at best, and definitely NOT X-Men material throughout the entire first movie and up until that point in this one every time they ever interacted. Colossus keeps denying this and then acts like it's some huge shock when Wade runs into some real scum in his first outing as an X-Man and does what he does. Really, Colossus never should have tried to recruit Wade in the first place. In the extended cut, it's shown that Wade has "changed" (he"s only faking it) in Colossus's eyes after what it seems to be a period of time, so that feeling of betrayal is a bit understandable, given how much he bought into his disingenuous change of heart. There's also the fact that he doesn't even bother to let Wade grieve first or at least console him after Vanessa's death and give him enough time to think about even joining the X-Men if he was mentally able to. Instead, he gives a short condolence, and went straight to "You must join the X-Men" without even giving Wade a choice in the matter.
Win the Crowd: The casting of Josh Brolin as Cable was already pretty favorable to the fans. Then came the unveiling of him in fairly comics-accurate costume.
As for those who are still sour to the 2011 adaptation of Green Lantern, the fans would cheer to a scene of Deadpool killing his own actor, which is pretty much considered as Reynolds ultimately redeeming his own shame by many.