Ryan Reynolds’ love for and encyclopedic knowledge of Deadpool has been on full display over the last few months as the marketing push for the film’s upcoming release continues. After a supporting role as the Merc with a Mouth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, efforts for a standalone movie started and stalled for years. Reynolds continued to champion and push the film until, after test footage was leaked to overwhelming praise, 20th Century Fox began production on the film.
Reynolds has been heavily involved in the process, championing an R-rating so the film could stay true to the raunchy and explicit source material, and starring in the film’s viral marketing campaign. After another highly entertaining interview, we now know have a better idea of what challenges from the comics Reynolds would be willing to take on – and which he would skip over entirely – if he made more Deadpool films.
In a video interview with IGN (above) Reynolds fields questions about different stories from the comics, identifying which he’d be interesting in portraying onscreen. Reynolds answers are sometimes practical, wanting to avoid the logistical nightmare of taking down all US presidents or travel to space, but enthusiastically signing up to box a zombie Abraham Lincoln in Vegas. His answers would also please PETA, as when asked if he would set fire to an elephant he reminded the interviewer that “you can’t attack an elephant for doing what its instincts are telling it to do.”
When he’s not vacationing in Deadpool’s mind palace or exchanging dirty barbs with TJ Miller, Reynolds has been promoting the film at every event possible event by dressing up in costume, attending surprise screenings and talking at length about the differences between this film and The Green Lantern. These more relaxed, humorous interviews have only served to maintain fan excitement in advance of the films release.
The simple fact that Reynolds can speak to – and correct – the interviewer regarding obscure plots from the comics bodes incredibly well for a film that is already generating universally positive early reviews. If this upward momentum continues and translates into mainstream box office success, we may just see Deadpool return for more outlandish adventures on the big screen, dressed up as Marilyn Monroe and fighting sharks left and right.
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.