Thanks to his fourth wall-breaking antics and his encyclopedia knowledge of pop culture (both in the universe and outside of it), Deadpool is a perfect terrain for cameos, if you think about it. The character knows no reverence and he likes to keep people on their toes, particularly through his fast-moving mouth. In that spirit, when it came time to make , the original film’s staggering popularity paved the way for a smörgåsbord of surprise guest appearances, including a few you might’ve missed!
Therefore, we wanted to take this opportunity to break down all the surprise cameos that were found in 2018’s superhero sequel. Because even upon first or second viewing, there’s a possibility that you missed a few of the film’s biggest and most shocking cameos in . With that, we want to let you in on the scoop. And be sure to let us know if there are any we missed. Also, it should be a given, but some of these cameos require a spoiler or two. Just a heads-up if you haven’t seen the movie.
Matt Damon As “Redneck #2”
There’s a very good chance that you missed Matt Damon’s cameo in . The actor is genuinely unrecognizable in the superhero sequel, adopting very heavy make-up, including a prosthetic nose, a fake beard and a body suit with an extended beer gut to disguise his normally-ripped physique. Damon was also not officially officially credited either, adopting the one-time pseudonym of “Dickie Greenleaf” in the credits (a reference to Damon’s 1999 film, ). Nevertheless, the role of “Redneck #2” was played by none other than Matt Damon himself.
While his voice might’ve been a giveaway for some people, there are many folks who had no clue Matt Damon was in the film. In fact, there is a good chance that some of you didn’t know until you read this article. There’s no judgment here; until I started writing this article, I didn’t even know myself! In any case, if you skip to the 32-minute mark exactly, you will see Matt Damon in a field, throwing back beers and talking rather extensively about toilet paper with his friend before a time-traveling Cable (Josh Brolin) walks up to their car, electrocutes them and drives away with their truck.
Brad Pitt As “Vanisher”
It’s a blink-and-you-miss it cameo, but at the same time, there’s a good chance that Brad Pitt’s surprise three-second appearance in was the biggest cameo you caught in the movie. Throughout the film, the running gag with the invisible, silent character of Vanisher is that it’s unclear if he actually exists or if he’s just a bunch of empty space. But when the X-Force find themselves killed in increasingly graphic ways due to Deadpool’s miscalculations with the wind, there is a brief moment where Vanisher’s parachute is caught in the wind, causing him to be electrocuted, then burst into flames.
In that moment, which occurs 73 minutes into the film, we finally get a visible glance at Vanisher. And it’s revealed to be none other than Brad Pitt. Because the cameo is so fast, there might be reason to believe that it’s just a CG-ed version of the actor, but it appears that it was actually Brad Pitt. Somehow, the filmmakers found time in the A-lister’s very busy schedule for the actor to make quick (but very memorable) appearance in the film.
James McAvoy As “Charles Xavier”
One of the best recurring jokes in the original movie is the often-commented absence of actual X-Men in this X-Men property. There are only two other characters from the series who made appearances in that film, and Deadpool is often disgruntled by their non-appearances in his film. Sure enough, when it came time for the much-anticipated sequel, which was accompanied with a bigger budget and a higher profile release, there was the strong likelihood of at least a few well-known X-Men making an appearance. But their cameos needed to fit the style of the film, and the filmmakers wanted to honor the winking satire that is crucial to the film’s irreverent success.
So, yes, Charles Xavier does make an appearance in . However, Deadpool himself never gets to meet the character. 29 minutes into the sequel, while the title character is babbling on about the lack of X-Men found in the house, it’s revealed that Charles Xavier and several other X-Men are indeed there, but they’re intentionally avoiding contact with the foul-mouthed merchant. It’s a single shot and another sequence where if you turn your head at the wrong time, you’ll miss it entirely. But for the fans who were paying close attention, you got your chance to see several high-profile X-Men, even if Deadpool himself missed his chance to get acquainted.
Nicolas Hoult As “Beast”
Similar to James McAvoy’s Professor X, Nicholas Hoult’s Beast was also in the X-Men residence as Deadpool was ranting about the dearth of X-Men to be found in his movies. He was the one who was the closest to the sliding door and the one who heard Deadpool coming their way, as the Merc with a Mouth made his long-winded spiel about his movies making more money than the person who invented pants.
The blue mutant ultimately wasted no time trying to discreetly close the doors in the hopes that Deadpool wouldn’t discover their appearance. And it seems like he did it successfully, as Deadpool was none the wiser about them being right beside him. Since he’s in the center frame, there’s a good chance you saw Beast. Nevertheless, it was a surprise — and welcome — cameo, even if Deadpool himself didn’t know about it.
Evan Peters As “Quicksilver”
In addition to Beast and Professor X, Deadpool also missed his opportunity to meet Quicksilver. The scene-stealer was in the room with several other X-Men during the aforementioned cameo-filled sequence, and ironically he wasn’t quick to close the door when Deadpool was threatening to find more X-Men in the residence. Nevertheless, while the cameo went by in a flash, Evan Peters was there. And gone.
Tye Sheridan As “Cyclops”
Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops hasn’t been seen much in the X-Men universe. Beyond his appearance in , his character has otherwise been played by James Marsden in the first three movies. But we’ll get a better chance at seeing Sheridan’s take on the character when he appears in this summer’s long-delayed . And in the meantime, he got a chance to play the role (in very brief fashion) during this cameo with his fellow X-Men in hiding.
Alexandra Shipp As “Storm”
Similar to Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp has played her variation of Storm for only a brief window of time. But we’ll see her take on a bigger role in this summer’s . And she made a cameo in , smirking in the corner as Deadpool was trying to find his fellow X-Men.
Kodi-Smit McPhee As “Nightcrawler”
Much like his other two co-stars, Kodi-Smit McPhee is still fairly newly acquainted to the X-Men universe. But he was among the X-Men seen (in hiding) during this memorable sequence in .
Alan Tudyk as “Luke, i.e. Redneck #1”
Also in this scene, if a little more recognizable than his co-star Matt Damon, is Alan Tudyk. The actor is given less of a disguise (basically just a bandana) and he doesn’t have as many lines as his scene partner. But he does get a name: Luke, though the shortly-seen character is also referred to as “Redneck #1.” Considering that their on-screen conversation is filled with extensive potty humor, those numerals are probably intentional.
Luke, i.e. “Redneck #1,” doesn’t get as much to do in this cameo as his famous co-star. And considering that Alan Tudyk isn’t as much of a household name as Matt Damon, that might not be surprising. Nevertheless, the cameo is certainly a fun one, and definitely an unexpected one, for fans of the veteran character actor and prominent voice actor.
Ryan Reynolds as “Juggernaut”
This one might not technically qualify as a cameo, since Juggeranut plays a prominent role in the third act. But there’s a good chance that people do not know that in addition to his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Reynolds also provided his voice to the role of Juggernaut. Making his first official appearance around 82 minutes into the film, Juggeranut becomes the final foe for which Deadpool must defeat. And it’s hard for him to do so, not only due to his massive size and figure, but because Deadpool is constantly geeking out at the sight of such a titan in the comics.
While Juggernaut is typically a man of few words, he does speak from time to time throughout , and when he does speak, his voice is lent by Ryan Reynolds in the surprise turn. Juggernaut was previously introductied into the movies in . Much like Deadpool himself, he was given a second chance with . So it’s perhaps only fitting that Reynolds provided his voice to the oversized part as well.
Whew. There are all the big name cameos we caught in . However, if you caught any other discreetly hidden cameos, feel free to let us know what is missing from our ranking in the comment section. And we’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the latest movie news — X-Men related and otherwise — right here at CinemaBlend.