By Micheleen Martin | 5 seconds ago
Sure, superhero movies have been filling theaters and streaming services for quite some time, but 2018 in particular was an absolutely huge year for the genre. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe came Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity Warand Ant-Man and the Wasp. After 14 years of waiting, The Incredibles 2 finally arrived. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proved that one Spider-Man per film was not enough, Aquaman proved that the DCEU could produce a good movie, and Venom proved that you could somehow have a cannibalistic superhero and keep things PG-13. Even the direct-to-video market was occupied by DC offerings such as Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: Ninjaand Suicide Squad: hell to pay. But the best Marvel movie of the year, we would say – not without knowing that it is a potentially controversial choice – was Deadpool 2. And the gory, hilarious sequel is not only streaming for free on Freevee, it’s tearing up the charts. It’s currently the second most-watched movie on the platform, beating other superhero fare like its predecessor. dead Pooland 2017 Logan. It’s only beaten by the animated classic Shrek.
The best Marvel movie of 2018 opens with Deadpool ready to end it all. Why? A flashback uncovers the same kind of shameless carnage and groundbreaking humor that made the first film famous. Ryan Reynolds‘ Wade Wilson rips through yakuza, bikers and mob bosses; helped by unexpected and perfectly organized hits like Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and Enya’s “Only Time”. Unfortunately, after all the bullets and swordplay quieted down for a few moments, the calm comes with the tragic death of Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) at the hands of one of Deadpool’s targets.
What unfolds is truly, as Wilson tells us in his narration, a film about forming a family. The Hopeless Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) does his best to bring Wilson back from the depressed edge by making him an X-Men trainee, which brings Deadpool to his fateful encounter with Rusty (Julian Dennison), who we soon learn is is destined to become one of the world’s most destructive mutants. Add to the mix Josh Brolin as a time-jumping cable, the introduction of Domino (Zazie Beetz), the shortest life of a superhero team pretty much ever, a perfectly timed cameo of almost all the X-Men, Brad Pitt stepping out like a squirrel on a wire, Marvel’s first-ever live-action portrayal of a same-sex relationship between two superheroes, a live-action Juggernaut that was worth the wait, the best and most long death scene with no character death since Paul Reubens’ epic character death in 1992 buffy the vampire slayer movie, and some of the best mid-credits scenes of all time, and you have the wonderfully death-filled genius that is Deadpool 2.
But seriously, how could we discuss Deadpool 2 is the best Marvel movie of 2018? With competition like Black Panther? Avengers: Infinity War? Spider-Msn: Into the Spider-Verse? Ant-Man and the– Well, no, it’s a pretty easy win.
Of all the major studio superhero movies released in 2018, Deadpool 2 was the perfect fusion of grandeur found in other super-people films, with – by their very nature – elements that those other genre offerings simply couldn’t deliver. With no room for argument, Deadpool 2 was the funniest movie of all. As Infinity War, it delivered a huge cast of heroes and villains, including Deadpool, Domino, Cable, Colossus, the X-Men, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Firefist, Yukio, Juggernaut, X-Force, Black Tom Cassidy, Omega Red, and more Again. As Infinity War, it gave us the merciless death of so many superheroes. But, unlike the MCU movie, which mostly blew up its heroes like so much sawdust; it gave us satisfying, gory endings in wood chippers, helicopter blades, and bus windshields.
But no, seriously, it’s not just the gore that Deadpool 2The R rating for this makes it the best Marvel movie of 2018. That’s – and no, we’re not kidding – the film’s surprisingly powerful emotion. While we’re used to Wade Wilson being at least 85% wise, his agony feels completely genuine in Deadpool 2. Perhaps the film’s brightest moment is when – after catching up with Vanessa’s killer, Sergei (Thayr Harris) – Deadpool unexpectedly kisses her. It just tricks us for a microsecond into thinking Wilson is going to spare him, and then of course the Merc-with-a-mouth comes into traffic; making his first suicide attempt and killing Vanessa’s killer in the process. Despite the set up, the moment is completely humorless and it’s meant to be. It’s perfect, and the reason we believe in Deadpool’s mercy for that tiny slice of a second is because for as long, it’s real.