Though all the trailers, TV spots and adverts might not have made it clear, Deadpool 2 is a love-letter to nineties X-Men, and a triumph in the superhero genre.
While the first film went on to endear itself to audiences thanks to a refreshing - albeit slightly irreverent - plot (one made by a particularly untempered performance by lead Ryan Reynolds), the sequel makes efforts to ensure that everyone knows it's an X-Men film. The charm of the first is still there of course, but in terms of embodying the spirit of the X-books' most iconic decade - the nineties - Deadpool 2 is a near perfect movie.
In that respect, and while the film could certainly be called a pallet cleanser in the aftermath of the devastatingly good Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 actually follows in the footsteps of some of the genre's most lauded efforts, encapsulating the scope and unabashed comic book-y-ness of films like Infinity War, along with all the heft, drama and emotion that has typified Marvel's most recent movies.
Yes, Deadpool 2 might not be a Logan, an X2 or even a Days of Future Past, but it does achieve what it sets out to do in a remarkably uncompromising way. Doing so allows the film to embody the spirit of the X-Men's most pivotal decade, and while it's a period Dark Phoenix will venture to next year, Deadpool 2 has - unlike X-Force's very own Zeitgeist - placed its finger firmly on the pulse of the mythos' history.