We had already heard that Deadpool 2, the sequel to the jokey and self-referential 2016 Marvel superhero film, was going to feature a bisexual and polyamorous X-Man. But we had no idea that its soundtrack was going to feature Canadian singer and queer ally Céline Dion. A Céline Dion Deadpool collaboration might seem like a weird pairing … and, well, you’re right.
But in true Deadpool style, the music video has Deadpool (more than likely a woman wearing the famous red-and-black suit) sensuously dancing in high heels while Dion and a live orchestra perform the song.
The song itself, “Ashes,” is pretty moving, too. It’s basically a soulful cry for hope when everything seems to be going wrong. Here’s a wee taste of its lyrics:
What’s left to say? / These prayers ain’t working anymore / Every word shot down in flames /What’s left to do with these broken pieces on the floor? … I’m broke / Watching all these dreams go up in smoke … And when I pray to God all I ask is / Can beauty come out of ashes?
The video ends with a hilarious coda as well. After she’s done performing, collapsing to her knees onstage, Deadpool calls out to her from the back of the empty theatre. We won’t spoil the ending, but it’s hilarious.
We previously reported that Deadpool 2 will feature not one but two queer characters. Shatterstar, a longtime member of the Marvel Comics team X-Force (which debuts in the new film), is played by Lewis Tan, and we’re looking forward to seeing this interdimensional humanoid kick ass on-screen.
By the way, it’s worth pointing out that Dion is also a longtime gay ally who has supported HIV reduction efforts in the Québec gay community and who wrote a public letter supporting LGBTQ people during Pride Month last year.