As someone who doesn’t get too excited anymore when the next superhero movie in a seemingly endless stream of superhero movies hits theaters, it means something to me that I was actually looking forward to Deadpool 2. I looooooved the original two years ago, even though I went into that film knowing absolutely nothing about the character.

What I DO know now is that this is the role Ryan Reynolds was born to play. (He’s also now credited as one of the screenwriters, alongside the returning team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.) I’m happy to report that while — like most sequels — a bit of the “newness” and surprise of what Deadpool so amazingly pulled off is missing from the second installment, it still delivers near-constant hilarity for two hours straight. In fact, I missed several lines because the theaters was roaring with laughter, so I may have to see it again to ensure I caught each meta reference, pop-culture quip and deadpan one-liner. Some of the very best scenes rolled over the end credits, so make sure you stick around!

But what’s it about, you ask? This time Wade Wilson/Deadpool finds himself on a mission to reunite with the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin . . . and why they have to reunite is something I won’t spoil), who’s finally ready to have kids. To do this he realizes he must help save a distraught mutant, Russell/Firefist (Julian Dennison from Hunt for the Wilderpeople), before the young boy does something that will alter his life’s path permanently.

However, Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-traveling super-solider from the future, is also looking for Russell and has no intention of saving him. What I think I was most pleasantly surprised by in Deadpool 2 was Brolin’s performance … because it was actually a performance. I was expecting something more like his Thanos character from Avengers: Infinity War — a towering villain who everyone fears, but who doesn’t really do or say much that’s memorable and probably could’ve been played by any actor. Cable is not like that, and in fact I don’t think I would even classify him as “the bad guy.” Brolin brings a real depth to the role and his slower, more thoughtful nature plays expertly off of Reynold’s freneticness and motormouth.

Wilson realizes he can’t take Cable and his advanced future weaponry on alone, and so he recruits a ragtag team of “X Force” members (more equal opportunity and progressively gender neutral, unlike the X-Men, he reasons) to help him. Between that crew, a scene at the X-Mansion (aka Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters) and the end credits, there are some excellent and surprising blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em cameos to be on the lookout for. Make sure you pay attention to the song played over the last part of the end credits as well.

My only complaint was that every once in a while some of the dialogue felt a little stale or the over-the-top violent action got a little old, but I’d still take Deadpool 2 over most superhero movies any day. I know this is cliché, but I really do think it applies in this case: if you enjoyed the first Deadpool, odds are you’re going to be a fan of this one as well.

Need to either get caught up or refresh your memory of what happened the first time the “Merc with a Mouth” hit the big screen? We’ve got you covered: Deadpool is currently in the Box and On Demand.