To say that Deadpool’s first live-action appearance in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a disappointment would be the understatement of a lifetime. A more accurate generalized opinion would be to say that people thought it was utter blasphemy. Not only does the film discount Deadpool’s history with cancer, it makes the reprehensible blunder of sewing the wisecracking mercenary’s mouth shut—effectively ensuring that the character’s portrayal wouldn’t be a comedic one.
The good news is that 20th Century Fox is finally making amends for its past atrocity. After years of being stuck in development hell with studio executives unwilling to take a chance on a lesser-known comic book property, Deadpool is now set to hit theaters on February 12 and we’re getting pretty excited to see what the studio has in store for everyone’s favorite unhinged antihero. With good reason too. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers and heard from interviews, it looks and sounds like the film is going to be quite the fun ride. Here are a few things you can expect from Marvel’s new R-rated action-comedy.
10. It Will Be True to the Source Material
Everyone involved was very passionate about the project and word is they made every effort to stay as close to the original Deadpool comic universe as possible. Fox admits that they only decided to green-light the movie after seeing fan’s reaction to the leaked test footage over social media. Consequently, they feel they owe it to them to give them the best, most authentic Deadpool movie possible. The production designers were really devoted to getting the Deadpool costume right, which included the iconic white eyes on his mask. To pull off the look, they filmed Ryan Reynolds doing everything without the mask, and then they added CGI animation to the shots with the mask to allow the mask to move and portray various expressions like it does in the comics.
9. Lots of Fourth-Wall-Breaking Comedy
It’s now widely known that the comic book Deadpool has been gifted with a sense of super self-awareness that gives rise to his unique brand of meta-humor. Perhaps more so than any other character in pop culture, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and speaks to his audience directly about the events transpiring on the pages of his monthly issues. Therefore, if the movie really hopes to capture the essence of what makes Deadpool so great (and hilarious), it will have to include a little bit of fourth-wall-breaking commentary. Here’s what one of the film’s screen writers told a reporter from Collider.com:
“The comics had given us the leeway to break the fourth wall, so in a way he’s just strangely omniscient, he can talk about the fact that he’s in a movie, he can talk about things that the character wouldn’t know and everyone around him is kind of like, ‘What are you talking about?'”
If used effectively, the fourth-wall-breaking narrative device should do a great job of setting Deadpool apart form the other heroes in the Marvel Universe.
8. Lots of Violence
Other than obliterating the fourth wall, the other traits that really define Deadpool are his foul motormouth and propensity for ultra violence, which, of course, is what would normally send Hollywood executives and producers running for the hills. But rather than toning down the character to appease investors and appeal to a younger audience, Deadpool is leaning into it. The R-rated movie is expected to be chock-full of F-bombs and bloody giblets, and, since Captain America won’t be in the picture, there won’t be anyone around to tell Deadpool to watch his language.
Since most superhero movies have been incredibly timid when it comes to displays of blood and foul language, Deadpool should provide a refreshing change of pace.
7. It Will Rejuvenate Ryan Reynolds’ Acting Career
For the last few years, Ryan Reynolds has had a pretty rough time at the box office. Despite being an attractive and funny leading man, most of his recent films like Green Lantern, The Change-Up, and R.I.P.D., have flopped pretty hard. But ever since 2009 when he briefly stepped into the role as Deadpool in the universally panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds has been campaigning for Deadpool to be done right, so there’s no question he’s devoted to the role. The fans know there’s just no way that he would allow this movie to be anything less than the comic book version Deadpool they’ve come to adore over the years. The Green Lantern movie might have seriously reduced Ryan Reynolds’ nerd cred, but now he’s got the chance to earn it all back in a massive way.
6. A Great Dramatic Supporting Cast
While the exact nature of her character hasn’t yet been explicitly revealed, we know Morena Baccarin will be playing the female lead as Vanessa—Wade Wilson’s first great love. The Firefly and Homeland star beat out a number of talented actresses for the role, including Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling. Exactly what her role in Deadpool will be beyond the origin story isn’t quite clear, but trailers have suggested that she winds up getting kidnapped by the villlainous Ajax.
Speaking of the villain, since Deadpool is an antihero that actually started out his life in comics as an outright bad guy, the antagonist in the movie is going to need to bring something extra evil to the table in order to make Deadpool seem at least somewhat hero-like. That task has been given to Ed Skiren who plays the role of Ajax—Deadpool’s first real adversary. He’ll be the one subjecting Wade Wilson to all sorts of torturous experiments while he’s in the secret superhero program (also known as “the workshop” in the comic books).
5. A Great Comedic Supporting Cast
Another key Deadpool character is Blind Al—a blind woman who lives with Wilson as his hostage/roommate. A good deal of the comedy in earlier Deadpool comics was derived from the verbal sparring matches between Wilson and Al and, although for a long time it was unclear if Al would make it into the movie, now that we know she’s being played by actress and singer Leslie Uggams, it seems like the casting directors made an excellent choice.
Finally, rounding out the supporting cast is T.J. Miller, who has been earning quite a bit of comedic acclaim thanks to his recurring role on the HBO series Silicon Valley. In Deadpool, Miller will be playing the part of Weasel—Deadpool’s nerdy tactical weapons supplier who also happens to be one of the only people who can tolerate being around him. We’ve already seen that Miller can perfectly play the role of of a geeky slacker, so the on-screen relationship between him and Ryan Reynolds should be lot of fun to watch.
4. Marvel Mutant Cameos
Thanks to the trailers we already know that Deadpool is going to feature appearances from some of Marvel’s other mutants like Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. From the quick glimpses we’ve seen it would appear that the studio largely got the looks right for both characters, although it seems they’ve tweaked Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s abilities to enable her to absorb and channel energy.
Angel Dust is another new mutant being introduced in Deadpool, and, judging by her role being played by MMA fighter Gina Carano, we expect the character will be in a lot of action scenes.
In addition to those three confirmed characters, the screenwriters have also divulged that the film will include plenty of Easter eggs which could reference some of the other mutants from Fox’s X-Men movies.
3. It Will Have a Kick Ass Soundtrack
Even before Guardians of the Galaxy was released and praised for the role its Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack played prominently into the story, early drafts of the Deadpool script had planned to make music a vital part of the movie. According to Collider, the soundtrack will feature a lot of songs from the ’80s and ’90s including a number of unusual selections. Already, we’ve seen the trailer make the funny choice of using DMX’s “X Gonna Give To Ya,” so we imagine the rest of the song choices will be just as delightfully strange.
2. Redemption for X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Yes, everyone hated what the writers did with Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And rightfully so. Here you have a character who’s known as “the Merc with a Mouth” and what did they do? They sealed his friggin’ mouth shut! But if there’s one positive thing that came out of that iteration, it’s that it showed Hollywood producers that there are a ton of Deadpool fans out there who care a lot about the character.
That being said, the new Deadpool will still be somewhat linked to X-Men Origins: Wolverine because he’s being played by the same actor and it’s still set in the same universe as the 20th Century Fox X-Men movies. However, instead of being a continuation of the story, it’s said the connection will be reduced to a mere punchline. An early draft of the script was even reported to include a joke involving some X-Men Origins: Wolverine action figures and multiple references to Hugh Jackman—which all sounds like it fits in perfectly with Deadpool’s chronic habit of breaking the fourth wall.
Any longtime Deadpool fan knows that the Merc with a Mouth has a bizarre obsession with this deep-fried Mexican dish. Hell, they even made a special edition Deadpool Pop! Vinyl collectible that comes with a chimichanga truck. Appropriately, fans should be happy to know that Deadpool’s love for the deep-fried Mexican dish is alive and well in the movie. Anyone requiring further proof on the matter need not look any further than this IMAX teaser.