If you haven’t been aware yet, the latest Deadpool 2 trailer just went live. And it shows more of the X-Force roster. But instead of Cable forming the mutant super team, the trailer reveals that Deadpool takes the initiative instead. But who are the mutants in Deadpool’s X-Force? The whole team’s not purely just comicbook X-Force members. Some are coming from the other X-books too!
First off, we can already confirm the presence of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and Cable (Josh Brolin) as the core trinity of the team. We’ve also seen X-Force veteran, Shatterstar in the background, wearing his signature all-white suit and that weird helmet-mask thing.
Next is Terry Crews’s role. Our initial speculation from the previous teaser was that of GW Bridge or Hammer, part of Cable’s Six Pack. However, a shot from the new trailer seems to show that Crews is playing the role of Bedlam. If you go frame by frame on the scene below, you’ll find a blurry headshot of Crews with the alias captioned at the bottom of the pic.
For those unfamiliar, Bedlam is Jesse Aaronson, a part of X-Force in the comics. His power is to generate a bio-electric field that can cause EMP affecting mechanical and electrical systems, and also generate bio-electricity to disrupt the normal functions of a target’s body. This doesn’t explain, however, Crews’s portrayal in the trailer as the team’s resident strong guy.
The other headshot above belongs to Peter Wisdom, a mutant with the ability to generate and shoot hot knives from his fingertips. He was briefly a member of the X-Force and of the New Excalibur teams in the comics. Wisdom will be portrayed by comedian Rob Delaney.
We now also have a clearer shot of Zeitgeist (see below), portrayed by Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise the Clown from the 2017 IT movie). This mutant was based from the same mutant who was a member of the rebranded X-Force team, X-Statix. Zeitgeist’s mutant power was to spew acidic vomit at will. It’s no surprise that Deadpool 2 would be getting quite an obscure character, primarily for the comedy that projectile vomit can bring. Zeitgeist in the film also wears a yellow mouthpiece, a callback to the character’s look in the comics.
The latest addition to the team is Japanese actress, Shiori Kutsuna (Minami Maho in Beck, Ran Mori in Shinichi Kudo’s Written Challenge). The chain-wielding electricity-generating mutant she’ll be playing is called Surge. Named Noriko Ashida, Surge was part of the New Mutants and is still currently one of the students of Xavier’s School. Her ability to absorb and generate electricity allows her to create electric blasts and give her super speed. Kutsuna’s casting is quite perfect, since she speaks both Japanese and English fluently, which exactly reflects Surge’s bilingual skill.
Returning to the sequel include Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, and Karan Soni as Dopinder.
Deadpool 2 will premiere on May 18, 2018, and is directed by David Leitch.