Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Ryan Reynolds' uniquely creative symbiotic relationship with the foul-mouthed Marvel mutant Deadpool/Wade Wilson lives up to all the hype "plus plus" in the highly-anticipated sequel #DP2 (2018). Arguably, Deadpool 2 trumps the original film, and much of that is thanks to the comedic pairing of the fans' favorite Merc with the seemingly villainous Cable/Nathan Summers (Josh Brolin).
Cable journeys back in time to prevent his family from being killed by the super-powered Russell aka Firefist (Julian Dennison), but Deadpool - who is at the X-Mansion at this point - is compelled to protect the young kid from Summers.
Cable is a legitimate step up from the original Deadpool Movie's antagonist Ajax (Ed Skrein). Reynolds and Brolin are like an elite Hollywood comedy duo. It's like if Robin Williams and Jim Carrey had teamed up at the top of their respective games. Brolin plays the straight-man and Reynolds provides the zaniness. Josh lobs baseballs over the plate and Ryan tattoos them to the cheap seats. Their chemistry is electric and sure to leave audiences in stitches.
Reynolds also flexes his acting muscles, and shows off his dramatic range, when Deadpool's girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) dies. There's a heart-wrenching moment, of course in the rain, where Deadpool confronts her killer. The Merc hugs the man and seemingly forgives him, which is so jarring, but suddenly the pair is run over. It was Deadpool's intent to commit a murder/suicide thinking he could not live without his love. Reynolds sells the poignant moment thanks to his A-List acting ability.
Visually, the movie is an aesthetic masterpiece which begins with a loving opening-credits' homage to the James Bond 007 films. Instead of James and the beautiful Bond women populating the vivid intro, fans are inundated by Deadpool. Don't let the imagery totally overwhelm you though, because the credits once again make fun of the cast and crew producing the picture.
One of the biggest surprises in the film - the mother of all Easter Eggs - is the cameo appearance of the X-Men. Deadpool mentions how his first film made so much money, and that the studio should be able to afford more than two X-Men this time around. Watch closely as Beast (Nicholas Hoult) shuts the door on Deadpool while Professor X (James McAvoy), Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and the other X-members look on.
Also, in addition to the performances of Reynolds and Brolin, the film still has plenty of shock value which made the first venture so popular. The R-rating is once again warranted (graphic violence and language), but the most cringe-worthy moment comes when Deadpool is regenerating. There's a Basic Instinct (1992) scene where Deadpool shows off his private parts. The filmmakers were really tiptoeing the line in terms of what is and is not appropriate in movies here.
Another fun cameo comes when it is revealed that the Vanisher is played by Brad Pitt. Originally, Pitt was considered for the role of Cable, and concept art was even created around his involvement with the project. However, Pitt stepped out and Brolin took over. Now, watch closely when X-Force parachutes during their first mission. As most of the team meets their demise, the Vanisher becomes visible for a moment in the power lines revealing actor Brad Pitt.
Without spoiling the ending completely, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) repairs Cable's time travel device for Deadpool. First, the Merc travels back and saves Vanessa. Then the self-serving continues as Deadpool shoots actor Ryan Reynolds while he reads the Green Lantern (2011) script. Deadpool also takes care of the kooky version of himself that appeared in Hugh Jackman's X-men:Origins Wolverine (2009). These are some of the best end-credit sequences EVER!
Finally, there's a very pansexual relationship seemingly evolving between Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and the Merc with a mouth. Indeed, after Vanessa's death, Deadpool tells his girlfriend not to fu#$ Elvis. She replies: "Don't fu$% Colossus." All of the tension leads up to a wonderful sequence in which Colossus shows up to save Wade's ass from the Juggernaut. In the end though, Cable's daughter's teddy bear tells the story as to whether or not the timeline was effectively altered.
Deadpool 2 is one of those special sequels that lives up to and even surpasses the original flick. And despite characters like Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) being drastically underused, remember this is a Ryan Reynolds' vehicle guest-starring Josh Brolin. And Domino did have the distinction of being the only new member of X-Force to survive. Lucky gal!
The only other disappointment is the absence of Copycat which is Vanessa's super-powered alter ego in the comic books. Morena Baccarin may get to play the part in DP3, if the franchise continues. FYI, Vanessa first took up the guise of Domino in The New Mutants #98 (1991) before being altered into Copycat for X-Force #19 (1993).