While we were disappointed to see The New Mutants bumped to 2019 during a recent scheduling change from 20th Century Fox, we couldn’t be happier to hear that we would get to see Deadpool 2 even sooner. Especially after seeing the last trailer, which focused heavily on Cable and more of the crazy humor we’ve come to expect from the Merc-With-A-Mouth. While it was amazing seeing Cable on screen, there was one brief moment in the trailer that seemed to steal the show a bit.
Deadpool – along with Domino, played by Zazie Beetz – is seen dramatically posing with some fellow mutants, one of them played by Terry Crews, a secretive casting that surprised a lot of us to see. But just who was he playing, and who are the other mutants standing around Deadpool? Could this be our first tease of X-Force, whose own spinoff we’ve heard would begin in the Deadpool sequel? Or could this be a version of the Six-Pack, which was a mercenary outfit that both Cable and Domino were a part of? We’ll take a look at a few of those possibilities today.
Let’s start with Terry Crews, who is to the right of Deadpool. He’s wearing all black, with shaded yellow glasses and a barely perceptible X on his costume. There are a few options for this character, depending on which team we are looking at here. If it’s Six Pack than this is most likely G.W. Bridge, an old friend of Cable’s who becomes an agent of SHIELD after his mercenary days. Of course, he could also be playing a version of Hammer, who was another member of Cable’s Six Pack, though nothing really points to that.
Of course, if the team is a version of X-Force, there’s another possibility here. There have been quite a few versions of X-Force over the years, including a short-lived team that became known as X-Statix after their first appearance. This team was known for, well, killing a lot of members over their short run. This character’s design bears a resemblance to The Anarchist, a Canadian mutant who could sweat acid, which he could then fire in acidic blasts of energy. He, like the rest of his team, perished at the end of the series’ run. While the odds seem low that Crews would be playing such a doomed character, there is further evidence to come.
Moving on to a much easier character to predict is the man in yellow to the left of Crews, slightly behind him and Deadpool. While the color scheme doesn’t match any known versions of the character, the headgear on display pretty much guarantees that this will be Shatterstar, a longtime member of X-Force. Put that together with the very quick glimpse of what looks like a double-bladed sword – Shatterstar’s weapon of choice – in the trailer and it all adds up to the mysterious mutant. As for who is playing Shatterstar, Twitter noticed that Into the Badlands and Iron Fist‘s Lewis Tan, who bears a striking resemblance to the character in the trailer, has been actively liking tweets about the film:
— Tom™ // Comissions are Open (@HELLB0YES) February 7, 2018
Moving on to the character to the left of Deadpool, behind him and Domino. This character has proven to be the most troubling to pin down, as the only clue seems to be the half face mask he’s wearing. This immediately makes us think of Jonothan Starsmore AKA Chamber, who lost the lower half of his face when his psionic powers first developed. Unfortunately, Jono has never really been a member of either X-Force or the Six Pack, so his presence would seem out of place with the rest of the team.
No, more likely is the next choice, which is where the X-Statix connection comes back in. This character resembles a mutant known as Zeitgeist, who wore a protective shield around his mouth just like the one we see in the trailer. Zeitgeist was able to spew acidic vomit and was actually one of the first X-Force/X-Statix members to die. As for who might be playing the character, he does bear an interesting resemblance to Bill Skarsgård, who most recently played Pennywise in It: Chapter One, though we don’t have confirmation on this yet. So why would Deadpool 2 waste valuable screen time on a couple of short-lived losers like Zeitgeist and The Anarchist (who for some reason both have acid-related powers)?
Why, to kill them off spectacularly, of course.
While Negasonic Teenage Warhead – another unlikely mutant to hit the big screen – managed to survive her adventure with Deadpool and Colossus, it seems fairly fitting for Deadpool 2 to introduce a new powerful crew with a few big actors behind them to really enforce the stakes they are facing, while also throwing a bone to a small group of X-Statix fans at the same time.
As for Colossus, an international trailer was released which features a tender moment between Deadpool and the armored X-Man, which you can check out below:
Yes, it’s just a very quick scene of Deadpool fondling Colossus a bit, which replaces a scene of Julian Dennison’s character flipping off somebody, but hey, any excuse to watch that trailer again.
Who do you think these mystery mutants are? Could we see members of X-Statix show up on the big screen? We might have to wait until Deadpool 2 drops into theaters on May 18.
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