Since even before the superhero movie's R-rated predecessor came out in 2016, Ryan Reynolds and 20th Century Fox have found unique ways to promote the insane Marvel antihero. They don't rely solely on trailers, traditional posters, and the like; no, they also use spoofs, tongue-in-cheek photo shoots, and crazy antics worth of Deadpool himself.
Take the latest teaser, for instance: It features Reynolds as Deadpool impersonating Bob Ross, the iconic TV painter. While he shows us "happy trees" and how to use color, he also gets really into sexual double entendre. It is hilarious and random, yet maybe we should have expected it. There were a couple of hints, the first of which was an NSFW Jan. 17 tweet from Reynolds singing Ross's praises as only he oh-so-poetically could.
"Bob Ross is very calming," he wrote. "5 min into this show, it feels like you've been f--ked to death by a thousand pillows."
Bob Ross is very calming. 5 min into this show, it feels like you've been fucked to death by a thousand pillows. pic.twitter.com/UMazluwLui— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 17, 2017
As of Wednesday, when the teaser dropped, Reynolds had the tweet pinned, likely meaning he was leaving a clue all that time, not just congratulating himself for coming up with such a ridiculous (but honestly, accurate) observation.
The second clue was more recent, coming in the form of the first poster, which was unveiled on Nov. 9. The poster spoofed Norman Rockwell's 1943 painting "Freedom From Want," replacing the original subjects with the "Deadpool 2" cast. The new portrait appeared in the teaser, which was fitting given the Bob Ross-slash-art connection.
The painting was on the wall, but we just didn't see it. Given what we know now, we're curious what other absurdity we've missed Reynolds and the team hinting at in the past. They have more coming for us in the months ahead, so we'll have to keep our eyes open.
"Deadpool 2" is slated for release on June on June 1, 2018.