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The original Deadpool movie was a monster hit with both the critics (83%) and the box office ($330 million). Here, finally, was a superhero who knew he was in a superhero movie, and knew how to play around with the conventions. It's for the jaded, arrested-development adolescent lurking inside your adult self. Then again, Reynolds may be fighting a losing battle.

Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2.

The Deadpool actor is the first Hollywood star to appear on Masked Singer amid his press tour for the upcoming sequel. "It's just the best". There was crying; there was screaming, and Reynolds just stood there and took it all in. The giant tin man Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) hasn't given up on making an X-Man out of him, and through his reluctant "training", Deadpool meets a troubled young mutant from New Zealand named Russell (Julian Dennison). He's being hunted by Cable (Josh Brolin, Marvel's current antagonist of choice), a cyborg from the future and a tough adversary. Some stick around a while; some expire quickly, and wittily.

Also in the cast are T.J. Miller as Deadpool's sidekick, Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and Karan Soni as Dopinder, the cab driver who wants to join the team. But we're forgetting the best of the bunch. 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.

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The most impressive superpower in "Deadpool 2" is the movie's ability to be deeply cynical and consistently self-referential and meta-on-top-of-meta with all its clever quips and winking asides ...

Up to this point, there's a great "Logan" joke, a hilarious opened credits sequence, some amusing X-Men jokes, and top-notch fight sequences (David Leitch of "John Wick" and "Atomic Blonde" fame is the director, taking the reins from the original movie's director Tim Miller). At its best, his flights of fancy here are crazily inspired, each swoop of physics-defying movement, every new leap from or to a speeding vehicle, delivered with twisted panache.

The action picks up and becomes extremely violent. That ain't a spoiler, just look at a Deadpool 2 poster or a comic book!

Right now, there's no doubt where 21st Century Fox has its spotlight, and that is directly on Deadpool. If going bigger (not necessarily narratively, but with the sheer amount of characters introduced and returning who all simply don't get enough time to make a lasting impression besides Cable) and suffering in quality for it is meant to be commentary on the overall state of Hollywood blockbusters feeling the need to up the stakes to the point of hurting the project, then I suppose that spirit is kept alive, but it's downright shocking that the self-aware franchise doesn't include a witty remark on the subject. OK, not quite, but that sounds like something Deadpool will say about "Deadpool 2" in "Deadpool 3".