The merc with a mouth is about to meet Zazie Beetz’s fellow mercenary — a mutant with greater luck.
The sight of Zazie Beetz as Domino on Monday day was an indicator that the antihero could play a more substantial role in the follow-up to Ryan Reynolds’ superhero funny Deadpool than actually believed.
To be good, Beetz appears great as the mutant mercenary, in a costume that might not be totally true to the character’s comic reserve visual. She’s, usually, worn an clothing that includes everything but her mind, but the cosmetic markings here mirror, and invert, the comic booklet visual of the character co-created by Deadpool’s Rob Liefeld.
Beetz’s Domino looks easily as fierce as the foundation material as she lays on a rug crafted from Deadpool, and the actual fact that she’s taking it easy on top of him might be significant: Would it potentially suggest some type of conflict between the two? (The cartoonishness of Deadpool’s cause under Domino brings to brain a Wile E. Coyote/Street Runner active, although that may just be me.) If this is the case, that wouldn’t be beyond the comic book canon version of the relationship, with both character types’ loyalties depending as much on their clientele as any personal values.
That’s more true for Deadpool than Domino, admittedly; whereas the mercenary character of the former character’s comic reserve incarnation extends as far as his tagline — “the Merc with the Mouth area” — the last mentioned has, generally, been privately of the good fellas, and, even moreso, been by the medial side of Cable tv. A longtime member of the time-traveling antihero’s accommodating cast, she’s fought alongside him within his own mercenary group the Six Pack, as well as multiple incarnations of X-Force. Beyond her relationship with Cable, she’s caused the X-Men, S.H.I.E.L.D. and other comic booklet organizations throughout the year, underscoring her comic book status as team player, somewhat than leading girl.
If that seems harsh, it’s worth directing out that Domino duplicates elements of other, more beloved, comic book individuals. She’s essentially a remodel of Dark colored Widow with some Wolverine narrative DNA (she, too, is the result of a secret federal government program to build the best weapon) and the “all the best” forces of a youthful Marvel personality, Longshot. Domino has yet to get a distinctive account of her own with which to use and establish her own well worth.
That’s not to state that she’s never really had her own comic reserve; in truth, she’s had two since her 1991 debut in The New Mutants No. 98, with a three-issue series in 1997 and a four-issue series in 2003. (The artist on the second series was Brian Stelfreeze, presently working on Black Panther with Ta-Nehisi Coates.)
Generally, however, Domino’s comic reserve journeys have been restrained to the X-Force game titles, with occasional visitor looks in other comics across the years — although, with a movie appearance in the offing, that could be going to change. And, perhaps, given the increased profile (and, just maybe, a fresh attitude thanks to Deadpool 2’s screenwriters), Domino might be about to have her time in the spotlight.
If her good fortune keeps, of course