Deadpool 2 is set to open big and hit local theatres this May 16, 2018. But unlike his breakout film debut in 2016 (that’s right, we refuse to acknowledge X-Men Origins: Wolverine), he won’t be alone. Wade is recruiting his own merry band of super mutants to try and do what the Avengers couldn’t—defeat Josh Brolin! Newcomers Domino, Bedlam, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist, and Peter are joined by returning characters Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to form, in Deadpool’s own words, the “super duper f*cking group” X-Force.
For the unfamiliar, X-Force was the brainchild of Deadpool creators Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza for Marvel Comics. In the original version, X-Force was actually formed by Cable as a more aggressive and militaristic version of the X-Men. Its original members were Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom, Feral, and Warpath with Deadpool coming in much later in the Uncanny X-Force iteration of the group.
The movie takes some liberties with the group’s origin story with Deadpool leading the team instead, to stop Cable from kidnapping a young mutant played by New Zealand actor Julian Dennison. The trailer doesn’t really show why Cable is after the boy but we’re guessing there’s a deeper reason than him just being a murderous a**hole (Rumor: there’s a popular theory that Cable plays an anti-hero, which is actually more consistent with his comic book persona, and that the real baddie of the film is the Juggernaut). The member’s lineup is also slightly changed with new characters introduced alongside fan favorites from the first movie.
So before you head to the cinemas this week, read up and get to know the X-Force.
Domino (Neena Thurman)
Played by: Zazie Beetz
Marvel.com describes Domino’s abilities as being able to “subliminally and psionically initiate random telekinetic acts that affect probability in her favor,” which basically means that she’s lucky. It’s important to note, however, that she can’t really make impossible things happen, but more accurately swing the current situation she’s in to her advantage. Her powers are also involuntary—triggered by stress or panic which is useful in a fight or when she’s trying to escape.
[Picture of Negasonic Teenage Warhead]
Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Ellie Phimister)
Played by: Briana Hildebrand
Powers: Emanate energy from her body
The Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the movie is slightly different from the comic version of the character. Instead of being a telepath, she instead emits massive amounts of energy from her body effectively turning her into a living bomb. Her big screen debut was in the first Deadpool, as a member of the X-men, where she became an instant fan favorite. She reprises her role in Deadpool 2 with slightly more hair but (based on the trailer) the same kickass attitude.
Bedlam (Jesse Aaronson)
Played by: Terry Crews
Powers: Emits an energy field that temporarily disrupts electrical systems in his vicinity
Jesse Aaronson was an orphan who was rescued by Professor Charles Xavier’s group M.U.S.E (Mutant Underground Support Engine) and trained as a field agent. He left the group as a teenager, partnering up with Domino, to look for his brother. They discovered that his brother was the super villain King Bedlam, leader of the New Hellions, who had the ability to disrupt the higher functions of the brain. Bedlam joined his brother’s group for a brief moment but eventually left and joined the X-Force to stop the New Hellions from resurrecting Armageddon Man.
Zeitgeist (Axel Cluney)
Played by: Bill Skarsgard
Powers: Acidic vomit
Axel Cluney had one of the most traumatic experiences discovering his mutant powers. He was making out with a girl on a beach when his abilities kicked in, releasing acidic vomit and burning his date’s face. Although the girl survived, the experience would always haunt him.
Not much is known about how Zeitgeist will be portrayed in the film, but knowing how the Deadpool franchise loves the awkward hero, we’re thinking they might just keep the origin story.
Shatterstar (Gaveedra Seven)
Played by: Lewis Tan
Powers: Ability to focus force blasts via special swords
In the comics, Shatterstar is a mutant that was bio-engineered in the alien dimension Mojoworld—essentially created to be a tournament fighter. He escapes his prison and vows revenge against Mojo, the ruler of Mojoworld. He enlists the help of X-Force who promises to aid him in his mission.
Much like Zeitgeist, it is not exactly clear how Deadpool 2 will treat the origin and character of Shatterstar in the movie. Although he gets much more screen time over Zeitgeist in the trailer, it’s still not enough to determine where exactly they’re going with the character.
Played by: Rob Delaney
Perhaps the ultimate dark horse in the team is Peter (surname unknown)—the walk-in recruit that simply answered Deadpool’s recruitment ad. While a lot about the character remains a mystery, we do know that he has a twitter account.
[Screenshot of Peter’s Twitter Account: @PeterW_1974]
His online entertainment preferences.
And even the state of his marriage.
There’s a fan rumor that Peter is actually Peter Wisdom, a British mutant that can absorb energy and throw it back as “hot knives” emanating from his fingers. But since we get very little from the trailer, we’ll just have to wait and see.