Arguably the second biggest comic book movie of 2018 – after Infinity War, of course – Deadpool 2 is quickly barreling down on its May 18th release date and as such, Fox has begun screening the sequel for critics and in just a few short days, we’ll finally get to see what everyone thinks. More importantly, though, we’ll also get to see how the pic stacks up to the aforementioned box office juggernaut.
That being said, fans shouldn’t expect the two releases to have very much in common. With the exception of Josh Brolin and one or two nods to Disney’s animated oeuvre, Deadpool 2 is worlds away from the superhero smackdown that is Avengers: Infinity War, and one need only look to the sequel’s raunchy trailers – not to mention those unexpected collaborations with pop queen Céline Dion – for evidence of that.
Nevertheless, all eyes are on the Merc with a Mouth at the moment and though full reviews are still under embargo, the first wave of reactions have made their way out of those advanced screenings and onto the web, and we’ve compiled a collection of them for you to browse below. For the most part, they’re fairly positive, too, with particular praise being showered upon the laughs, violence and what’s apparently a wild post-credits scene.
So, without further ado, here’s the first batch of reactions, completely spoiler-free!
We just saw #Deadpool2! It fails to capture the magic of the first one, and is a bit too long, but still a very fun film. It's also got the most epic post-credits scene, ever! pic.twitter.com/jEuSUocmE4
— Marvel vs. DC (@TheMarvelvsDC) May 10, 2018
#Deadpool2: Finally! A movie for teenage boys!
Look for my review on @Collider on Monday.
— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) May 10, 2018
I didn't like the first Deadpool. DEADPOOL 2 beat me into submission until I was actually enjoying myself. Also it features my now favorite post credit scene.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) May 10, 2018
DEADPOOL 2: this time he knows he’s in a cinematic universe!!!
— David Sims (@davidlsims) May 10, 2018
Happy to report 'Deadpool 2' is a lot of fun and had me laughing beginning to end. Stuff after the credits is *awesome*. All the people added to the film were perfectly cast. Avoid spoilers. Always makes it a better experience. pic.twitter.com/4Q3Kr1ARPh
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) May 10, 2018
I liked DEADPOOL 2 more than the first one (which I wasn’t a huge fan of). Slow to start but all the stuff with X-Force and Cable (and Peter!) works surprisingly well.
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) May 10, 2018
#Deadpool2: I’ll say this, it earns the hell out of that R rating. And the cameos. And the post-credit scenes.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) May 10, 2018
Just saw #Deadpool2. Safe to say it features the best post credits scene EVER. I’m still recovering.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) May 10, 2018
#Deadpool2 is no doubt the most violent major release since Kill Bill Volume 1. It’s also funnier than the first and has me genuinely excited for a sequel. Oh and it features a ton of Canada jokes, so of course I loved it.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) May 10, 2018
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— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) May 10, 2018
The post-credits scene at the end of Deadpool 2 is so great.
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) May 10, 2018
So, #DEADPOOL2 is the perfect sequel. Doubles down on everything that fans love about the original, and fixes some of that film's issues. Huge, huge laughs that play the audience like a fiddle. @VancityReynolds destroys as Wade. Great action, fantastic comic nods. A killer ride! pic.twitter.com/KaM8gUT2Jf
— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) May 10, 2018
THIS IS A GOOD MOVIE. actually, kinda loved it. Maybe even more than #1. Goes balls out and it actually works. Anyway, why were we all freaking out/concerned about this? #Deadpool2 @VeroTrueSocial pic.twitter.com/bTftdfoPh1
— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) May 10, 2018
#Deadpool2 took my expectations, blew them up and regenerated as a top tier superhero movie loaded with filthy laughs, an unstoppable force of a team and more heart then it probably should have pic.twitter.com/HvVSfKSCc5
— Chris Sylvia (@sylvioso) May 10, 2018
There are some really BIG surprises and cameos, some of which I was definitely not expecting. Funnier and way more brutal than the first with almost the same amount of heart. Basically an X-Men movie on cocaine. #Deadpool2
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) May 10, 2018
Excited yet? Story-wise, we understand futuristic mercenary Cable (Josh Brolin) has journeyed into the past in search of Russell (Julian Dennison), who is supposedly responsible for causing some future atrocity in the X-Men timeline. Cue the Merc With a Mouth, as Wade Wilson soon takes it upon himself to form his own super-duper fucking group: the X-Force.
Deadpool 2 shoots for theaters on May 18th, and when it does, moviegoers will be treated to an extra special cameo from none other than [REDACTED].