deadpool is honestly more wholesome than any of the mcu movies
- Doesn’t straightwash queer characters! this was a big one. (marvel movies have a huge problem with straightwashing*)
- Deadpool is canonically pansexual, and the movies reflect this! Reynolds doesn’t shy away at all from Deadpool’s sexual interest in men.
- (head injuries bring out deadpool’s romantic sexy feelings it seems. in the first movie, knife to the head = romantic montage with vanessa. in the sequel, fencepost to the head = deadpool sensually trying to go down on Colossus.)
- (semi-related, both movies have some cute references to deadpool enjoying being on the receiving end in the bedroom.)
- (yeah, it’s canon, Deadpool enjoys being pegged)
- Oh hey, a healthy romantic relationship based on mutual respect and love! and with a fully developed female character with personal agency! A love interest who doesn’t just function as a plot device.
- POLAR OPPOSITE OF TOXIC MASCULINITY. This really shines through in their marketing
- (yes that pillows says “FEMINIST”)
- (yes that is deadpool in heels dancing to celine dion)
- Diverse casting! Characters who are poc just because poc exist!
- Hey look, a cute lesbian couple treated with respect and one of them’s asian!
- Holy crap i don’t say this enough but i love Domino. What a badass. Sexy-but-not-sexualized black female action hero who is probably the coolest person in the movie.
- Deadpool 2 took a run-of-the-mill white character design and made her interesting!
- Her trademark eye patch is now vitiligo! She has awesome natural hair. And look, body hair exists! On a person who is a woman! Which shouldn’t be unusual, but here we are. Also, she’s fun
- Portrayed by the talented Zazie Beetz. Did I mention how much i love this character?
- Oh look, another much improved character design!
- We’ve got your humdrum blondie cleft-chin stereotype replaced with a heavyset maori teen actor (Julian Dennison, who incidentally was in Taika Waititi’s indie movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople).
- Overall themes: The movies have a lot of dirty humor and innuendo. But the overall takeaway is actually pretty sentimental. The Deadpool 2 themes in particular gets to me:
- Ending the cycle of abuse. Not repeating the mistakes of the previous generation. “Kids give us a chance of being better than we used to be.”
- The loss and recovery of family. Accepting friendship in the midst of tragedy. See also: Cable’s story arc.
- Letting go of loss and bitterness to try to save a child who’s been abandoned by the world.
- I’m honestly so excited about the choices the director & producers have been making for this franchise. They’re setting the narrative standard for modern superhero films. Can’t wait to see what the next movie has in store.
*see more on straightwashing in the mcu below
let’s not forget this trivia:
Zazie Beetz chose to not shave her underarms to portray the character, and they just rolled with it. so she’s even more awesome now.