Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is a surprisingly great singer

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Real "Deadpool" fans know to stick around until the ushers toss them out. To be honest with you, there weren't a lot of black characters. In hindsight, you can tell it's him by how distinct his voice is.

It's mutant mania in Hollywood right now, with everyone's attention turned to Ryan Reynolds' Merc with a Mouth and the hotly anticipated Deadpool 2, which will launch in theaters this Friday (May 18). He's using his new powers to slice and dice much bigger opponents, taking out whole gangs of bad guys at a time, still getting his jobs through the divey hitmen-only bar called Sister Margaret's. Reduced to moping and quoting George Michael's "Careless Whisper", Wade finds renewed goal when encounters with wayward mutant kid Russell (Julian Dennison) and vengeful cyborg-from-the-future Cable (Josh Brolin) test his question: is family more than just an F-word? But yeah, we'll see. "F**k Wolverine. First he rides my coattails with the R-rating, and then he ups the ante by dying", Deadpool narrates, promising that in this movie, he, too, will die. Though, in the worlds of superheroes, death certainly doesn't need to be final.

Soon, Wade is being cared for at Professor Xavier's estate, and being none too careful with the furnishings. Even though Deadpool is included in nearly every scene, the film as a whole has the air of an ensemble project and is a direct reflection of Reynolds' selfless act of putting his ego on the back-burner for the sake of the whole. Deadpool 2 jumps between lols and awws so quickly that I practically got whiplash. The boy is being pursued by Cable (Josh Brolin), a super-soldier who has traveled back from the future to the present day, for reasons that will become clear. The standouts include Terry Crews as Bedlam, who can generate bio-electric fields; Bill Skarsgard as Zeigeist, who has the disgusting ability to spew acidic vomit; and my favorite, Zazie Beetz as Domino, whose superpower is ... she's lucky.

From that point forward, Wade Wilson/Deadpool will break the fourth wall on numerous occasions with witty observations and asides.

All of those are still true about Wade Wilson in Deadpool 2.

Despite the loud cheers from the crowd, Reynolds did not move on to the next round of the competition. It wasn't made for kids, and this latest looks to follow the same path. Whenever it threatens briefly to slip into corniness, though, the movie regains its balance.

The midpoint of the film features an incredible action sequence in which the X-Force attempts to rescue Russell from a convoy transporting mutant prisoners. The first film's director Tim Miller parted ways with the company and I was jazzed that John Wick co-director David Leitch was tapped to take his place.