20th Century Fox’s Deadpool movie has gotten much in the way of help from star Ryan Reynolds, when it comes to promoting the first X-Men solo movie headlined by ‘the Merc with a Mouth.’ The actor has done everything from dressing up as Wade Wilson’s costumed alter ego and going trick-or-treating with kids on Halloween, to continually releasing new images for the film – including most recently, a pic of Deadpool as the ‘centerpiece’ of Thanksgiving dinner.
The next holiday-related Deadpool marketing push has gotten underway, as announced by Reynolds’ Deadpool in a new video where he enjoys a glass of “eggnog” (see the clip above). Using the hashtag #12DaysOfDeadpool, Fox will be releasing a fresh piece of Deadpool-related promotional material every day for the next twelve days – culminating with the reveal of the movie’s brand-new trailer on Christmas Day.
EW, as mentioned in the Deadpool Christmas video, has the exclusive on a new poster for the film and it’s but the latest one-sheet that highlights the movie’s (and, of course, its own title character’s) bawdy sense of humor and love for innuendo. Deadpool director Tim Miller told EW that while this is certainly part of the film’s appeal, the script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) features a strong emotional core in the shape of the love story between Wade Wilson and his girlfriend Vanessa Carlysle (Gotham‘s Morena Baccarin):
“The movie focuses on Wade’s relationship with Vanessa and it’s actually a great love story. But we don’t punt the issue of his sexual urges. It’s in the comic and it’s in our film.”
You can check out the latest “inappropriate” Deadpool poster, below:
Deadpool, the comic book character, is known for his post-modern sensibilities (breaking the fourth wall, beating opponents with his speech bubbles), as well as his hyper-sexual nature (which extends to everyone he meets) – and based on marketing for his solo movie so far (again, see that poster above), it’s safe to say that at least some of that will carry over into Reynolds’ live-action take on the character. Indeed, this film marks the first R-Rated entry in Fox’s X-Men movie franchise; if it performs well at the box office, that could open the doors for certain comic book adaptations in the future.
That said, Deadpool also has to provide Wade Wilson with an origin story that fits within the framework of the X-Men cinematic universe – meaning the comic book adaptation will likely be more revolutionary in terms of content, rather than from a narrative perspective. No matter how the final movie turns out, though, Reynolds’ has more than done his part to make the build-up to its theatrical release a fun ride for fans. And the 12 days of Christmas are just getting started, too…
Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.