Deadpool 2 introduced the X-Force to the big screen, one of the many teams found in the Marvel Comics universe. This wasn’t the only team mentioned in Deadpool 2, though. You may have missed a hint at one more iconic X-Men team.
The reference comes from the cab driver Dopinder, played by Karan Soni. On top of Dopinder’s cab is an advertisement for a travel agency and cheap flights to the Great White North, a direct reference to the superhero team known as Alpha Flight. The team was created by X-Men legends Chris Claremont and John Byrne and consists entirely of Canadian superheroes. Alpha Flight first appeared in 1979, consisting of Aurora, Guardian, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman and Snowbird. Now, a small introduction to the heroes of Alpha Flight…
Aurora’s abilities are enhanced to give her super speed, flight, light generation and molecular acceleration. She suffers from a dissociative identity disorder, which causes her to have multiple personalities. Meanwhile, Northstar is Aurora’s twin brother who shares her abilities of light generation and super speed. He’s also one of the first openly gay superheroes in comics. The two are from Montreal.
Guardian is the leader of the team, using a special armored suit with a maple leaf logo on it. The armor gives him the ability to fly and manipulate Earth’s magnetic field. He is from London, Ontario.
Sasquatch has the ability to transform into a large Sasquatch, as his name suggests. If his powers sound similar to the Hulk, that’s because Langowski purposely tried to recreate Bruce Banner’s accident to give himself special abilities. His experiment opened a doorway to another world known as the Realm of Great Beasts. He is from Vancouver.
Shaman is a doctor who shares a similar origin to Doctor Stephen Strange. Shaman was not a man who believed in magic, even when his grandfather wanted him to become his apprentice. After Shaman fell very ill and lost his wife, he became a recluse hidden away in a cabin. After being presented once again with the possibility of becoming a shaman, he finally followed his calling. He is from Calgary.
Snowbird’s creation was assisted by Shaman, with her birth coming from a mystical unity as opposed to a simple human birth. She is an Inuit demi-goddess who has the ability to transform into animals from the Great White North. She is from Yellowknife.
The Alpha Flight team assists a fictionalized department of Canadian government named Department H. Very similarly to S.H.I.E.L.D., the branch of Canadian government tackles issues regarding superpowered threats. The members of Alpha Flight have fought many notable villains such as The Collector, portrayed by Benicio Del Toro in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as Bedlam, who was portrayed by Terry Crews in Deadpool 2.
Last year, X-Men veteran Simon Kinberg expressed interest in bringing Alpha Flight to the big screen. Hopefully, that means, with the reference to the Great White North appearing in Deadpool 2, that Alpha Flight will appear on the big screen sooner than later.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers/Cable, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapcic as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and Karan Soni as Dopinder.
5 Essential Cable Stories To Read Before His Debut In ‘Deadpool 2’
Now that it’s official Josh Brolin will be suiting up as Cable in Deadpool 2, it’s time for everyone to get a crash course on the character so they can say “that’s not how it happened in the comic” when they see the movie with their friends.
Nathan Summers, the future son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, first debuted in 1986, but he didn’t make his full debut as Cable until 1990. Rob Liefeld designed him to be a leader more prone to take action than Xavier and that character trait has persisted throughout his long history. Cable has fought alongside the X-Men in the past as well as fought for mutants survival against the government in a dark future.
Cable is the straight-man to Deadpool’s goofball and I can’t wait to see the two of them come together next year in Deadpool 2. Hopefully Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin have the chemistry to bring this legendary bro-mance to the bigscreen, otherwise Fox will be hearing from a lot of angry fans.
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