Following the release of the second red band trailer for director Tim Miller’s upcoming Deadpool movie – which sees actor Ryan Reynolds return to the role of Wade Wilson – the film continues to build hype and expectations ahead of its February 2016 debut in theaters. Distributor 20th Century Fox has capably raised fan and viewer anticipation alike for the new film based on the Marvel Comics property, and look set to deliver a faithful adaptation featuring the Merc With a Mouth.

In light of the unprecedented advertising success of the recent 12 Days of Deadpool campaign, Miller, Reynolds, and company appear ready to offer plenty of humor from their forthcoming motion picture. If the latest official screenshots from the film are any indication, the X-Men movie will offer plenty of action, too.

Courtesy of EW, the latest Deadpool images reveal a climactic battle between the infamous anti-hero and the film’s featured antagonist, Ajax, the sadistic lab assistant who wreaks havoc on Wilson’s life in the film. Actor Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled) is featured prominently alongside Reynolds, with both performers wielding their favored weapons of choice in a presumed Battle Royale. Their featured characters are said to be lean and mean, with each actor having working their hardest to ensure that they were physically capable of landing every blow against the other.

For more proof of that, check out said new Deadpool images, below:

Deadpool vs Ajax EW New Deadpool Images Pit the Merc With a Mouth Against Ajax


Dead Pool EW New Deadpool Images Pit the Merc With a Mouth Against Ajax


When asked about the featured image in question, Skrein remarked, “Ryan’s like Muhammad Ali, dancing around, whispering in my ear, and I’m George Foreman. Every blow is like a haymaker, and I just want to take his head off.” Likewise, Reynolds quipped, “Ed got yoked for the movie. I saw his arms and got pretty upset at myself for not working out harder,” even though the actor appears primed to take on the role with an opposing, lean menace.

All evidence suggests that the finished production will offer plenty of tightly choreographed fight scenes to back up its featured comic antics, with a cast reported to be physically and mentally up to the task. Just how well Miller’s finished film will do is yet to be seen, though the humor and physical prowess presented from Deadpool thus far points to a movie worthy of the fan-favorite property and character.     

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Deadpool will see theatrical release on February 12th, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017; and an untitled X-Men film on July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.

Source: EW