Starring in a new promo for the hotly-anticipated Deadpool 2, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar shakes his head as he watches the Marvel superhero take aim at his notoriously high-pitched voice in the original film. Deadpool is the star here, with Ryan Reynolds effortlessly bringing him to life once again. That, in a nutshell, is why he's relegated to sharing a cinematic universe in name only, technically existing alongside the mainstream X-Men as long as he never comes into meaningful contact with the major players of those films.
However, Deadpool also laments that in "Logan" the metal-clawed, fast-healing hero also (and, um, spoiler alert) "upped the ante" by dying. "Don't stop because there are huge surprises near the end.' I read the rest of the script, and it was flawless", said Baccarin.
Not to be outdone, Deadpool - who has similar mutant healing abilities - ignites big drums of fuel on which has been lying.
Never resting on its laurels, Deadpool 2 will surprise and entertain in equal measure.
At the beginning of the film, Deadpool's girlfriend Vanessa is killed. Despite Deadpool's jokes on it, it is a pity that the studios couldn't make the movie on a larger scale. Deadpool looks into the camera and says, "You're welcome, Canada".
"The industry discriminates!" he insists. First up, it gives Deadpool a whole team of characters to bounce-off. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who almost destroyed his life. "She's my best friend". Charismatically played by Zazie Beetz, the character also represents this film's most quietly subversive touch: As she puts it, Domino's lone gift is a knack for being "extremely lucky", which Deadpool initially doubts qualifies as a superpower. And, of course, we get a climactic fireworks-filled sequence before the credits roll.
While thinking about whom they could sign on for the soundtrack, Reynolds said he thought about who had the last great ballad for a movie.
As with the first film, it proves the ideal antidote to superhero fatigue, gleefully poking fun at the genre via Deadpool's constant fourth wall breaking, and constantly pushing boundaries with humour and violence. So here's hoping we do get to continue witnessing the expansion of this franchise. That means when he does a movie, she doesn't and vice versa.
His partner in the disgusting toilet paper conversation he's having before Cable's interruption, meanwhile, could be even more significant...
Things get worse for Deadpool when a metal-enhanced soldier from the future called Cable (Josh Brolin) arrives at the prison, intent on killing Russell.
Somehow, we doubt Deadpool will return the favour for a cameo in Dark Phoenix next year - the different tones of Deadpool and the X-Men could clash just a bit too much - but it does seem like at least some crossovers are possible.
In fact it's nearly embarrassing how much joy we experience from watching them interact or speak about one another, with Ryan in particular never missing an opportunity to shower his wife in compliments.
Stars (of four): 3.
Rated: R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material.