Deadpool 2 must be so good that they moved it back a month to compete with the likes of Avengers 3 and the Han Solo prequel. Who else has the star power to compete against a superhero film with 20 plus highly profitable characters and a Star Wars film no one asked for? Clearly, the dreamy and sultry good looks of a man who wooed Blake Lively during the filming of Green Lantern has such a power. Below you will AFJ's Deadpool 2 Primer. It's a quick breakdown of the characters, the actors, and what we think you need to know about them before you watch Deadpool 2 on an airplane via your mobile device, without headphones, and your little one on your lap. #obligatorychimichangareference

Deadpool / Wade Wilson
DeadpoolFirst Comic Book Appearance: 
New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991)
First MCU Appearance: 
X-Men: Origins Wolverine (2009)
Ryan Reynolds
Best Known For: 
Michael Bergen in Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (1998-2001)
The Gist: 
Reynolds returns for the third time and it won’t be his last, we are certain. In fact, with the imminent Disney/Fox merger, we cannot wait to see what happens with Deadpool in a grander MCU.

Cable / Nathan Summers
First Comic Book Appearance: As a baby, Uncanny X-Men #201 (Jan. 1996), as Cable, New Mutants #86 (Feb. 1990)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Josh Brolin
Best Known For: Jonah Hex in Jonah Hex (2010)
The Gist: The man with two Comic Book characters under his belt now debuts a third as the son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. We’re sad that Jonah Hex didn’t spawn a sequel, but we’re glad to see that Brolin got work as Grimace in Avengers 3.

Vanessa Carlysle / Copycat
Morena Baccarin
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Force #19 (Feb. 1993)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool (2016)
Actor: Morena Baccarin
Best Known For: Alice Carter in Sands of Oblivion (2007)
The Gist: Baccarin is actually married to Ben McKenzie who plays the young Commissioner Gordon on Gotham, on which she also appears. So where do her loyalties lay? She is even on The Flash TV series. Seriously?! Is she Team Marvel or Team DC? Talk about double dipping in the comic book pool of money.

Domino / Neena Thurman
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Force #8 (March 1992)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Zazie Beetz
Best Known For: Rain in Applesauce (2015)
The Gist: This character has no affiliation with Domino’s Pizza, which was founded by brothers Tom and Jim Monaghan in 1960. Nor does she have an affiliation with Papa John’s Pizza.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead/ Ellie Phimister
Brianna Hildebrand
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men #115 (Aug. 2001)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool (2016)
Actor: Brianna Hildebrand
Best Known For: Jen in Annie Undocumented (2014)
The Gist: Certainly the breakout character from the first Deadpool, next to the title character, who the rest of the world finally discovered, but who we knew all along was actually great. Isn’t it great that the rest of the world is so into geeky stuff? I just love it when Millennials wear Deadpool shirts that they bought at Walmart. Not that Walmart isn’t great for deals, we actually love shopping there for toys (yes, we are off on a tangent). I don't have a purple chinchilla, I have an albino chinchilla, whose name is Gerry. I named him after Gerard Butler, who is not in Deadpool 2.

Zeitgeist/ Axel Cluney
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Force #116 (July 2001)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Bill Skarsgard
Best Known For: Pontus in Kenny Begins (2009)
The Gist: His powers enable him to spew gelatinous energized ooze from his mouth cavity. We’re betting that this guy doesn’t have too many dates. Hopefully, a character as awesome as this will live through the film to be in Deadpool 3.

Weasel/ Jack Hammer
First Comic Book Appearance: Cable #3 (July 1993)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool (2016)
Actor: T.J. Miller
Best Known For: Strainer in She’s Out of My League (2010)
The Gist: We know that T.J. Miller portrays a character from the Marvel Comic, however, isn’t it great to see the guy from Cloverfield in another movie that isn’t one of Michael Bay’s Transformers?

Bedlam/ Jesse Aaronson
TERRY CREWSFirst Comic Book Appearance: X-Force #82 (Oct. 1998)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Terry Crews
Best Known For: Damon in Friday After Next (2002)
The Gist: Have you ever seen Terry Crews perform Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles"? It is your ultimate moment of Zen. Watch it HERE.

Shatterstar/ Gaveedra Seven
First Comic Book Appearance: New Mutants #99 (March 1991)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Lewis Tan
Best Known For: Skatepunk #2 in Mini’s First Time (2006)
The Gist: We have the Shatterstar Marvel Legends action figure, but we really wish Hasbro would make a Longshot figure. The Toy Biz one is ok, but we would like to have the original hero from the Mojoverse, especially the one with a mullet.

First Comic Book Appearance: ?
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Rob Delany
Best Known For: Whipped Cream Ass Man in Wild Girls Gone (2007)
The Gist: This could just be some random bit of humor in the Deadpool movie or he could actually be one of two characters. It could be Peter Wisdom, a Black Ops agent form the Marvel Comics, or it could be the human version of Colossus (aka Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin). Your eyebrows just raised.

Colossus/ Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin
First Comic Book Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)
First MCU Appearance: X-Men (2000)
Actor: Stefan Kapicic
Best Known For: Bane in Almost Ordinary Story (2003)
The Gist: Did you know the actor, Daniel Cudmore, from the original X-Men films turned down the role in Deadpool? He didn’t like the way the character was portrayed. Apparently, the guy had a problem with awesome.

First Comic Book Appearance: None
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool (2016)
Actor: Karan Soni
Best Known For: Glenn in Worst. Prom. Ever. (2011)
The Gist: Boom! This guy rocks! He needs an action figure and a vehicle. Hasbro and Marvel once commissioned a Deadpool Taco Wagon action figure set (Comic-Con 2013 Exclusive). So why not Dopinder and his taxicab? Why not?

RussellDeadpool 2

First Comic Book Appearance: Possibly X-Factor #1 (Feb. 1986)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool 2
Actor: Julian Dennison
Best Known For: Solomon in Shopping (2013)
The Gist: Based on his powers he could be Russell “Rusty” Collins, the first mutant saved by the original X-Men team, which, at the time, had started a new team under the moniker X-Factor. Damn, that might be the nerdiest thing I wrote in this whole piece. Why? Because I didn't have to look it up. Why does everyone have to be somebody in these movies? How about he is just a kid with flame powers like Firestar? Remember her from Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends? Yeah, she was hot.

Blind Al
Leslie Uggams
First Comic Book Appearance: Deadpool #1 (January 1997)
First MCU Appearance: Deadpool (2016)
Actor: Leslie Uggams
Best Known For:  Lovejoy Wells in Skyjacked (1972)
The Gist: The character in the comic has an alias of "Blind Alfred". However, what is really interesting is that Leslie Uggams appeared on the TV show The Love Boat three times as three different characters. One of those character's name was Leslie Uggams. She played herself. Leslie was meta way before it was cool. 

Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters Friday, May 18th. When this happens, all will be right with the world.

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    Faisal May 11, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Based on his powers he could be Russell “Rusty” Collins, the first mutant saved by the original X-Men team, which, at the time, had started a new team under the moniker X-Factor. Damn, that might be the nerdiest thing I wrote in this whole piece. Why? Because I didn’t have to look it up.

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