An X-Men film by Fox that’s just like the comics, you say? Nawwww…
Within a week of the financially (and not so much critically) successful debut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the beginning of May, it was officially announced that the long-speculated Deadpool solo movie would in fact be happening.
Before you go any further, you should know that this article isn’t holding back on spoilers from the Wolverine movie.
Normally, this news would have been awesome for all, except it isn’t because of what they did with the character in the Wolverine origin movie, which, let’s just say, didn’t please quite a few fans of the comics.
Ryan Reynolds, the absolute perfect casting choice for the role, played the part of Wade Wilson extremely well – but beyond his control, the folks behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie thought it’d be a good thing to deviate from the comics and make him the big bad villain for the final act of the movie. While that itself wasn’t really an issue, they went crazy with the character: Giving him multiple powers from other mutants that Weapon X had been capturing in the story.
Deadpool had his two main abilities in the form of healing and teleportation (in the comics, he has the mutant power of healing and a device that allows him to teleport) but he also strangely had the ability to fire lasers from his eyes (Cyclops’ optic blast power) as well as Adamantium swords that come out from his arms to rival Wolverine’s claws.
At the end of the film, Deadpool is beheaded by Wolverine – but that doesn’t kill the guy. After the credits, there were multiple little bonus endings and one of them featured Wade Wilson still alive, and thus, we have a spinoff for him.
HitFix caught up to the Canadian actor at a press event for his new movie, The Proposal, and asked him about the project. Reynolds said:
“Well, I’m intimately involved with it. We’re just trying to break a story right now and figure out who the villain is going to be and all that stuff. But, it’s going to be just like the comic books. I’m gonna have a messed up face and you may see some flashbacks of Wade earlier in his life, but primarily what you see is what you get in the comics and that’s the goal. And there is no better place to draw material from then the comics which are incredible.”
I wonder if that villain has anything to do with the report last week about Katee Sackhoff researching Typhoid Mary by collecting comics featuring the character. In the Marvel comic books, Typhoid Mary is involved in stories with both Deadpool and Daredevil and that would be a neat idea to tie all the movies together even more. Later, I’ll discuss more on the characters and bridging the films together.
Not only is Reynolds the perfect dude to play the “Merc with a Mouth” for his obvious physical presence and witty humor in all of his movies, but he’s also very knowledgeable of the comics and truly wants to make a film based strictly on them.
You can tell from the many press events leading up to the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine that Reynolds wasn’t exactly 100% in support of the character’s treatment in the movie. He was surely ecstatic that the character was finally getting into the films and that he was playing him, but when the asked about specifics in regards to the powers, his appearance and what not, Reynolds professionally promoted the movie without being negative about any of it but he was sure hesitant on some things.
He handled it well by saying things like what we saw in the Wolverine story weren’t Deadpool but the precursor to what eventually does become Deadpool. That was a smart thing to say and a good way to quell the fears of the character not sporting his trademark outfit and having powers he shouldn’t… let alone, the mouth being sewn shut (which I still think had to do with the simple reason that Reynolds’ busy film schedule didn’t allow him the proper screen time to develop his character more and by sewing his mouth, the final act could be played mostly by a stunt actor).
On top of that, in multiple interviews he continued to say that he’d love to do a Deadpool film lifted straight from the comics and you can tell from his reactions to many questions regarding his role in Wolverine that he was guarded about what happens to him in that film… The good news is that he will finally be getting his own film as Deadpool and better yet, it sounds like it just may pay tribute to his proper Marvel Comics incarnation.
At least, we hope it does.
Speaking more to Reynolds’ Deadpool knowledge and potential characters in the movie; at the end of April, he spoke with MTV about some potential villains that he’d like to see play a role in the film. But the most interesting thing he revealed was his desire to see the character of Cable at some point. To me, this would be awesome.
We’ve yet to see the Cable character in the films and he’s such an integral part of the X-Men mythology. Even more relevant than that is the fact that he and Deadpool had a long-running comic series together that only recently ended to allow them both to have solo titles (as a result of a major X-Men crossover event in Marvel comics).
A bit of a tangent here but my theory on Cable (if he is ever to appear in these movies) is that he’ll be the future product of Cyclops and Emma Frost (as opposed to the dead Jean Grey whom we know from the X-Men trilogy he did not have a child with, or some non-existent clone of her). Emma was intentionally cast in the Wolverine movie and given significant screen time. We also know that before the movie was even debuted, X-Men: First Class was greenlit and that it would not be a reboot, but a prequel to the already-existing films which we can see hinted at from the scene at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Professor X rescues a bunch of the young Weapon X captives.
It’s just a wild theory of a potential story arc, but it would be a way to bridge X-Men: First Class and the Deadpool film together which both are up next on Fox’s slate of Marvel films. Referencing what I said earlier in the article, Typhoid Mary could also be used to bridge Deadpool in with the Daredevil remake. All of this allows Fox to have a shared continuity amongst their films similar to what Marvel Studios is doing with their films. It’s a possibility, but would they care to do such a thing? Would they even bother with Cable and a time-travel story line? Maybe that’s all too complicated and unnecessary.
In the Deadpool comics, the character is most known for breaking the fourth wall. He realizes he’s in a comic and speaks directly to the reader as such. With what Reynolds is saying about staying true to the source material, can we expect that in the film or would that be too weird? Either way, his main weapon is his craziness and his words and we’ll be sure to get a ton of that.
What do you think of Ryan Reynolds’ comic-based Deadpool film?
In other news, many video gamers were surprised by the X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game, finally seeing a movie tie-in game that is better than the movie it is based on. Apparently, Raven Software (the folks behind that game) is extremely interested in making the video game for X-Men Origins: Deadpool. I for one am interested in that as I am excited for the Deadpool movie.