The Merc With A Mouth is back. Twenty Century Fox (the studio that brought you 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada) dropped the first official trailer for Deadpool 2 – the follow up to the massively successful Deadpool. You can watch the trailer and read the “plot synopsis” that accompanied it below.

“After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. “

By the looks of it, the studio seems to have much greater faith in this one than its predecessor given its mid-May release and the fact that there appear to be far more big action set pieces than in the original. This bodes well as the original suffered in part due to its reduced budget that limited what it could do.

However production surrounding Deadpool 2 hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing either as Tim Miller (director of the original) was replaced by Will Leitch (Atomic Blonde, John Wick) citing “creative differences” and rumored disputes over budget as the reason for his departure.

Still, having generated a staggering 783 million dollar worldwide gross from the original, there was no way the sequel would not be made. Some fans have expressed concern though it should be noted that reportedly early screenings have gone over very well with test audiences. Despite the creative turnover the balance between comedy and action seems to be retained. Presumptively there will be an R rated trailer released in the coming weeks featuring some of the raunchier jokes but for now, fans were treated to Deadpool taking a spin in Professor X’s wheelchair and the return of cab driver Dopinder.

Enlisting the likes of Josh Brolin to play the presumptive villain in time traveler Cable looks to be another step in the right direction for a film that in its previous iteration was plagued by a bland villain. At the very least, Brolin’s Cable looks intimidating enough to pose a challenge to Reynolds’ Deadpool so much so that he has to assemble the X-Force.

With a little less than two months to go before it premieres it will be interesting to see if Fox uses the same aggressive advertising approach as it did for the first one. Concluding on an exchange outlining the potential for an (inevitable) third entry into the franchise, the first trailer for Deadpool 2 suggests it has taken a step forward.

Deadpool 2 arrives in theatres May 18th

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