The Merc With A Mouth is back for a second run, returning in 2018 with grander adventures, a bigger team, and a much more formidable villain, Cable (played by Josh Brolin, also Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War).
Deadpool 2 releases in theatres this week, and film star Ryan Reynolds has been out in full force promoting the movie, from showing off the movie's official video game to appearing on a Korean TV show wearing a unicorn mask.
And it looks like their efforts bringing the comic book anti-hero to life have not gone to waste — especially since the first film, while an enjoyable (and very profitable) romp, was not spared by criticisms towards its story progression. This time, the stakes are higher, and the praises louder.
"Hilariously self-aware and satisfying on multiple levels, Deadpool 2 continues the relentless lampooning and scattershot jokes of the first movie, but pulls together a much better story," writes Brian Truitt of USA Today, praising the film's several heartwarming moments alongside a seemingly endless arsenal of jokes, many of them pointed at DC and Marvel films.
"The other big spring superhero release, Avengers: Infinity War, wanted to have it all – huge action, devastating tragedy and flippant jokes. But it's Deadpool 2 that is the more emotional and entertaining of the two, while tweaking the nose of Infinity War's hype," comments Hugh Armitage of Digital Spy.
Bryan Bishop of The Verge points out that, despite being front and center, Deadpool shares the spotlight generously with his newly-assembled (and reluctant) team of heroes, which feature Domino (played by Atlanta's Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Peter (Rob Delaney) and the return of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić).
"Deadpool proved that audiences were hungry for a superhero as self-aware as they are; Deadpool 2 proves that character can actually ground an ensemble," he writes.
But not everyone's in love with the film.
"Both the original and the sequel have never really seemed to figured out how to give emotional weight to a weightless character," Matt Goldberg of Collider laments, criticizing the film's seeming inability to balance humour and drama.
The Guardian's Steve Rose left unimpressed by the film's action, writing "The cartoonish excess is often gratifying, but even when a big CGI fight scene is prefaced with Reynolds saying, "big CGI fight scene coming up", it is what it is."
Despite qualms from certain critics, it looks like fans are in for a sequel worth the wait.