Warning: This review contains swearing, but it’s a Deadpool review, so you probably won’t care if you’re here.
Deadpool has been a legend among Marvel comic characters ever since his creation. He defies superhero rules, swears, breaks the fourth wall and is generally the biggest fucking antihero to ever antihero.
So, naturally, his debut film starring Ryan Reynolds as the infamous Wade Wilson became the highest selling R rated movie of all time in 2016. This year his sequel came out, and the question is, does it live up to the hype of the original?
You can bet your ass it does!
Deadpool 2 is an explosive (literally) fireball of a sequel, keeping all the things fans love from the first film while keeping the storyline fresh and original.
Without giving away spoilers, Deadpool 2 is about family, responsibility and standing up for those who need a hero. It’s also about grief and the lengths people will go to to try to make things right again. It gets deep, real deep, deeper than anyone thought Deadpool could get without the help of bullets and katanas.
And yet, it’s still funny. In between the serious, heartbreaking moments where we really see who Wade Wilson is at his core, is the usual cracktastic Deadpool we all love. He breaks the 4th wall, he makes jokes that are very, very close to the mark, he still kills people in the most violent way possible.
He’s still Deadpool, but there’s so much heart in this film, I wasn’t expecting it at all.
At first, it’ll have you saying some variation of ‘what in the ass is going on here?!’ But what follows is truly one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In places it’s beautiful, in others it’s hilarious, in others you cringe in pain for characters after particularly bloody fights. Deadpool 2 was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every mad second of it.
With cameos, you never expected to see, introductions to new fan favorites, and a fantastic storyline, Deadpool 2 has proven that it is a juggernaut of a franchise that can and will break every convention the superhero genre has picked up over the years, all while being ridiculously entertaining.
If you loved Deadpool 1, you will adore Deadpool 2. It truly is a masterpiece from Fox. Something I never thought I would say (with the exception of Logan last year, which I’m still not over).
Just a word of advice -stick around after the credits roll, the end credit scene is the best thing I’ve ever seen, that had the audience screaming with laughter. It, like the rest of the film, is not to be missed.
This time last night, I was sitting in the cinema, preparing myself for the film event of the year. A film that has been 10 years, and 18 films, in the making.
Three different sets of superheroes – Avengers, Guardians and Masters Of The Mystic Arts, all coming together to create this one film. Infinity War.
Finally, the Avengers, the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spiderman, Black Panther, and every superhero ever introduced all teaming up to defeat one person – Thanos.
It was a risk, a huge risk. What if the audience didn’t like a certain team? What if a key superhero failed to create the buzz needed? What if Thanos wasn’t a scary enough villain?
But let me tell you, it pays off.
This film is everything every Marvel fan has ever wanted and more.
It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s absolutely devasting.
The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, characters actually die in this one, and they are not coming back (much to my absolute horror), and the ending is such a cliffhanger I am still in shock, 24 hours later.
To sound cliche to the maximum, which does not suit the sheer magnitude of this film, I laughed, I cried (twice), I cheered when heroes teamed up with other heroes. I gasped, I hyperventilated for the entire film, I nearly crushed my mum’s hand I was squeezing it was so hard.
Infinity War is everything I wanted and more. My predictions for the film were 90% wrong, I didn’t see anything that happened coming. I was utterly captivated and left crying through the titles at the end.
I cannot praise Marvel enough for this film. I cannot praise the actors and the writers and the CGI people and the directors and everyone for this film. This film paid off in every single way possible. I loved every single second, even when I was crying my eyes out, even as I sit here now, in total and utter denial, I loved every single second.
This is the biggest film event of a lifetime, and the experience cannot be topped. If it is topped, it’ll be by Avengers 4 next year.
To say the least, though, Avengers 4 has a lot to answer, and a lot to live up to.
For now, though, Infinity War is a brilliant, fantastic, out of this world thrill ride of an emotional rollercoaster. A must see for every superhero fan. There will never be an event like this again, and it has to be seen to be believed.
If you couldn’t already tell, I am Marvel trash. I am Marvel trash to the highest order of Marvel trash, I watch all the films they day they come out (midnight showings wherever possible as well), I buy loads of their Pop Vinyl figures, I own about twelve t-shirts with the characters on… I’m obsessed.
And yet, I have barely read any of their comics.
I know, shocking, but in my defence, I was out of the reading game for about eight years, and only recently got into comic books in general, so, you know, as far as excuses go, that isn’t bad.
Jessica Jones: ALIAS Volume One (sidenote, why can I never find the English version for this on Goodreads, anyone know?)
So, I haven’t done too badly, I’ve read a few in the last year and really enjoyed myself for the most part, but I want to explore more. I’ve stuck mostly to the characters I know, reading these comics around the time their film counterparts are released, which is all well and good, but it’s not giving me the full Marvel experience if you know what I mean.
I want to read more comic books, discover characters I haven’t seen on screen, that I’m unlikely to ever see on screen. I need to break away from just the safe movie-only knowledge, and really get into the world of Marvel Comics.
Here is my top…. of Marvel characters I want to read about:
I have heard of She-Hulk, and actually, own a keyring Pop of her, but I know next to nothing about her as a character. All I know about the character is that she is always ‘Hulked out’ but remains in control of herself and that she works as a lawyer. I didn’t even know She-Hulk’s real name until I just googled it and that has to change.
Yeah, alright, she’s getting her own movie so I’ll find out about her soon enough. But Carol Danvers also appeared in Jessica Jones: ALIAS and my interest was caught immediately. I loved seeing how the two interacted, and their hinted shared past, I want to explore more of that, find out more of Carol’s own adventures. If she’s friends with the Avengers (and is an Avenger herself) and is friends with Jessica Jones, she has to be worth checking out.
I recently picked up a Gwenpool comic for my birthday, but know absolutely nothing about her character. From what I can tell, she’s a massive Marvel fan from ‘our world’ and breaks the fourth wall, much like Deadpool. Other than that, I know absolutely nothing, and I really want to get to know this character. She sounds like me in a lot of ways, and I feel like I’d do exactly the same things she does when arriving in the Marvel Universe.
Again, yeah I know he’s had his mention and he’s going to be turning up soon in the MCU, but there’s so little I know about this character, I just want to know more. He’s been grown to be evil but turns out good, and the Illuminati trust him with the Infinity Gauntlet, one of the most powerful objects of the Marvel Universe, he couldn’t be more fascinating if he tried!
I love vampires. Not Twilight vampires, I mean Underworld and such vampires. Have done since I was a kid, I think they’re freaking awesome! So there was no way I wasn’t going to put a character like Morbius on this list – he’s a blood drinking, sunlight-avoiding, antihero, what else needs to be said to get me excited over a character? Nothing!
Now, this is an interesting one, the dude is an ally of Spiderman, Hulk, Doctor Strange and Mr Fantastic, and his arch enemy is the dark version of himself. He’s forced to make the world, including himself, forget who he is, I would love to read more about this guy’s story, and find how he ties together all these different heroes.
A non-mutant who gains mutant powers thanks to being tattooed by a mutant. I’m obsessed with tattoos, I don’t have any of my own (yet) but I love tattoos. The idea of having powers transferred to you through tattoo is something which is utterly fascinating! Also, he’s called Eric, and I have a soft spot for Marvel characters called Eric, thanks to Magneto and Killmonger.
I could go on for days about characters I want to read more about, but I think I’ll stop it there before I go on all day. Honestly, though, I feel like there are so many characters I’m missing out on, and that I’m going to spend years catching up with everyone. Hopefully, I’ll get to explore a few in the comics I already own or find comics with these characters in soon.
The Marvel Universe is a fascinating place, one I am constantly surprised and overjoyed by. I wish I could do a Gwenpool and jump right into their world, instead of living in this one. All the characters are fascinating, and I feel like there’s always new ones to explore. Marvel have such a range of characters, I feel like I’d be hard done by to find two who are the same.
Who are your favourite Marvel Comics characters? Comment down below with some of your favourites, as well as any recommendations for comics involving the characters on this list, I’d be incredibly grateful for any help you can give me!