Finally, the film that so many comic book lovers have been begging for is coming to theaters. The Marvel fan-favorite antihero mercenary Deadpool, AKA the “Merc With A Mouth,” is returning after X-Men Origins: Wolverine totally messed his character up. Here’s what we know so far.
Plot and Characters
Created by Fox in an effort to remedy the damage they previously did and to satisfy fans, Deadpool looks promising. Wade Wilson/Deadpool, played once again by Ryan Reynolds, will finally be given a fitting origin story movie. A wise-cracking, sarcastic mercenary, he discovers that incurable cancer is ravaging his body, and he accepts the Weapon X project’s shady offer to cure him and give him superpowers. However, the procedure goes horribly wrong, leaving Wilson permanently scarred with chronic pain and superhuman abilities that, among other things, give him more enhanced regenerative powers than Wolverine. He then goes on a revenge hunt for the man responsible for his condition, leaving a trail of bloody bodies, wisecracks, and colorful swearwords in his wake.
Along with Deadpool, several other well-known characters will be in the film. Vanessa Carlysle AKA Copycat (Morena Baccarin) will serve as Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s primary love interest. In the comics, Copycat is a blue-skinned mutant with the power to shapeshift (even into animals sometimes). It doesn’t look like she’ll have blue skin in the movie, but she will likely have a canonical introduction as a prostitute with whom Wade Wilson falls in love. According to some sources, the film might begin with Vanessa Carlysle and pre-Weapon X Wade Wilson meeting and falling in love. There will probably be a tragic element to their relationship, however, as rumors state that in order to not harm Vanessa emotionally, Wilson will put distance between them (they will likely reunite eventually). This suggests a more tender, romance-centered theme in an otherwise gory and profane movie. This element will also add depth to the already complicated character of Deadpool.
Deadpool antagonist Ajax (Ed Skrein) will serve as the film’s main villain. The man responsible for Deadpool’s misfortunes also serves as a mercenary enforcer who hunts down and eliminates renegade test subjects of the Weapon X experiment, and Deadpool is at the top of the list. Armed with superhuman speed, strength, agility, and pain tolerance, he will likely prove to be a tough villain to defeat.
Also starring in this film is Weasel (T.J. Miller), who is Deadpool’s nerdy best friend, occasional enemy, confidant, and weapons/equipment dealer. He is expected to be another source of comedy for the film. Piotr Rasputin AKA Colossus (Andre Tricoteux), the mutant who can turn his skin into organic steel, is expected to play a role, as is Ellie Phimister/Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). A telepathic mutant who can also foresee the future, Ellie will probably be one of Deadpool’s sidekicks. Other characters include Blind Althea (Leslie Uggams), a target whom Deadpool chose to spare instead of assassinate, and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), a mutant with the ability to generate huge bursts of adrenaline which give her super strength.
Deadpool Done Right (Finally)
Deadpool will definitely be an R-rated movie, as no movie can truly do his character justice with a PG-13 rating. This means that fans will get their wish to see Deadpool’s mouth, guns, and swords being unleashed to their greatest comic and comedic potential. He will, of course, break the fourth wall often, as he is the only character from Marvel comics who realizes that he is a comic book character.
Hype for this film has reached such a level that the producers are already considering a Deadpool 2. Rumor has it that this sequel will introduce Cable, another one of Deadpool’s best friends and closest comrades. Some rumors also claim that the Deadpool sequel will be created instead of a Fantastic Four 2 (good thing). Deadpool is expected to hit theaters February 2016.