The Deadpool movie is currently projected to gross more than $50 million during its opening weekend in the U.S. – something that should come as little surprise to those who’ve actively been following the marketing push for the X-Men franchise spinoff, starring Ryan Reynolds as the eponymous Merc With a Mouth, Wade Wilson (his mouth no longer sewn shut, like it was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Even if Reynolds, Deadpool director Tim Miller, and the writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) come up short with their actual R-Rated superhero movie, the film’s trailers, TV spots, and promotional images have been just as entertaining and “inappropriate” as the Deadpool fanbase could’ve hoped for.
It’s fitting then that the first Deadpool clip released by 20th Century Fox is just as unconventional, when it comes to the sort of clips that studios generally release to promote their upcoming superhero movies. The video, which you can watch above, likewise illustrates the raunchy and mature nature of the film’s humor, via a ‘romantic’ scene where Wade proposes to his girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) – while the latter attempts to ask Wade a very different sort of… intimate question.
Baccarin’s character is kidnapped by the very people who give Wade his super-healing abilities in Deadpool, including the villainous Ajax (The Transporter Refueled‘s Ed Skrein) and the powerful fighter mutant Angel Dust, played by real-life powerful fighter Gina Carano. The love story between Wade and Vanessa – who may or may not also be the shape-shifting mutant Copycat in the Deadpool movie like she is in Marvel comic books – is the “heart” of Reese and Wernick’s screenplay, but the reactions and reviews from a pre-theatrical release screening for the Deadpool film suggest its humor and action ultimately overshadow its more conventional narrative backbone. Nevertheless, Reynolds and Baccarin seem to have good chemistry in this first clip, so that may carry through to the actual Deadpool movie more than we’ve been led to believe thus far.
And on a different, but related note – here are the latest promotional images for Deadpool, which were released through the film’s official Twitter account, in conjunction with the premiere of the Fox network’s X-Files TV show revival:
Weapon X-Files: Scientists fit Wade Wilson with adamantium genitals. Coming (never) to Fox. pic.twitter.com/Zm3bjPub54— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) January 25, 2016
Meanwhile, the Deadpool movie Instagram account has posted the following image, riffing on Reynolds’ real-world status as a Hollywood heartthrob:
The Deadpool character has always riffed on pop culture during his comic book appearances, so it’s fitting that his movie adaptation should poke fun at current media events like the return of the X-Files to television – not to mention, the self-reflexive nods to Reynolds and his own sordid history with the superhero genre, be it Wade begging to not make his superhero costume “green… or animated” in the Deadpool trailers or the Merc With a Mouth cracking wise about Hugh Jackman and noting that his Wolverine role was a “career low” for him. As was mentioned before: regardless of how the actual Deadpool movie turns out, there’s no denying that Reynolds and Co. have delivered the goods when it comes to promoting this project.
That being said, expectations for Deadpool are high not only because of the film, but also because it could lead to some pretty cool places, if successful. While it’s exciting enough that the central line of X-Men movies may head into outer space following this year’s release of X-Men: Apocalypse, if Deadpool performs well both commercially and with the general moviegoing public, it could help to get stuck-in-development X-Men spinoffs like X-Force off the ground in the future too. Reynolds has already publicly expressed his hope that an R-Rated X-Force movie (or any X-Force movie, for that matter) will happen down the line, uniting the Merc With A Mouth with fan-favorite mutants such as Cable on the big screen in the process. And word has it the Deadpool film may also conclude with an enticing tease of what’s to come in Fox’s Marvel cinematic universe, when it reaches theaters…
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 an untitled X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also currently in development.
Source: 20th Century Fox