Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool & Spinoff Possibilities

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

wolverine reynolds as deadpool Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool & Spinoff PossibilitiesAt yesterday’s press event for the upcoming Ryan Reynolds film, Adventureland, the folks from Latino Review and Collider took advantage of the opportunity to ask about his character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – something many of us would like to do ourselves.

Both sites posed similar questions in their meetings with Reynolds and the one major common topic was about a potential Deadpool spinoff of which we’ve heard rumblings about ever since Ryan was cast in the role.

Reynold’s response to Latino Review‘s question of if he’d be interested in a solo film:

“Ya, I love the character. I’ve always loved the character. I remember reading one of the Deadpool comic books, and somebody asked Deadpool what he looks like. And he said he looks like a cross between a Shar-Pei and Ryan Reynolds. And I was like, I really, really wanna play this guy at some point. I thought it was pretty cool. It’s a guy that knows he’s in a comic book. How hard is it to shoot that properly? That’s not something they put in Wolverine nor would it belong in that universe.”

Collider asked about him being contacted about doing a spinoff for Deadpool:

“I’ve had a couple of people approach me about meetings for a “Deadpool” movie but I think it’s absurd to think that way until this movie comes out. And I don’t even look at it like I play Deadpool in this movie. I really think I more or less play Wade Wilson, and I’m playing the creature that will eventually become Deadpool but in this movie it’s his newly formed version….so to speak.”

Of course the fanboy question of whether or not he’ll wear the mask came up and Ryan replied:

“I’m not gonna answer that.”

But it doesn’t end there, later in the Latino Review interview a member of AICN asked Reynolds if the reason he wears the mask explained in the film.

Ya, ya. Well, it’s an origin story, so again I don’t consider myself playing Deadpool. I’m the thing that will eventually become Deadpool. But ya, he’s scarred up. You’re gonna see the scars. That’s all in there.

Some of the other questions included how it was like being on set and working with Hugh and other major players of the cast – To which he replied he loved it, especially compared to the dysfunctional set of Blade Trinity. Another question was about the extent of his role in the film. Ryan said it was initially a cameo as he had two other movies he was part of already, but the later “re-shoots” for Wolverine we heard about in January were actually to do many of his scenes including a big sword-fighting sequence where he does his own stunts.

These interviews clear up some of the Deadpool worries we had from what we saw in the trailers and the toy images, but just barely. We still don’t know if that Weapon XI character from the trailers is him. We’ve heard some rumors that it is him and something happens during the film to revert his character back to the Deadpool we know and love (without the laser eyes and wrist blades). In one of the interviews, Reynolds partly distances himself from his interpretation of the character to what Fox says the character is.

The recently updated IMDB description for the Weapon XI character X-Men Origins: Wolverine now currently says that Wade Wilson is Weapon XI, and that after the strange transformers he is played by Scott Adkins – This is updated by users and of course is not confirmed. I very much hope this is incorrect information.

Then Perhaps Reynolds means Fox thinks this character loaded with powers is Deadpool and Ryan thinks he becomes Deadpool after all of that because that’s not what Deadpool is in the comics. Either way, this is too confusing and it shouldn’t be – If they just stuck to the characters as they should be this wouldn’t be an issue. After all, they still could be separate characters…

What do you think?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens May 1, 2009.

Sources: Latino Review, Collider

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  1. “…but in this movie it’s his newly formed version… so to speak.”

    That sort of worries me.

  2. @ Reverend,

    I just added a paragraph about the Weapon XI description from IMDB – it worries me even more :(

  3. Come on Rob, dont worry, thats as reliable as Wikipedia. Plus, it wouldnt matter to me as long as in the end he gets rid of all his powers(except his healing factor) and then puts on his mask :)

  4. Scott Adkins was always said to be playing Weapon XI and to be the stunt double for Ryan Reynolds, so there is no mystery in Adkins’ involvement. It’s quite likely that trying to turn Deadpool into a super-weapon is what makes him scarred. It makes sense narratively. Or it’s also possible Weapon XI is an entirely separate character to Deadpool.

    I bloggged about all this too 😉

    My name is a clickable link to my site.

  5. I’m still thinking that Weapon XI is a clone of Deadpool.

  6. I don’t know, I think if he eventually ends up being a Deadpool that you guys will like, it shouldn’t really be a bad thing, this will just be some weird backstory to it…

  7. @ David B,

    I don’t think he was always said to be that – it was rumored once but then he was listed as a separate character entirely with no official mention of him playing a stunt double.

    Then there were set reports which I wrote about in a previous post that said he was on set for 12 weeks and was playing a semi-major role himself.

    There’s not really confirmation either way so it’s hard to say what the connection is.

  8. Rob, the article in Empire magazine (January issue) clearly says ‘Deadpool’s stunt double Scott Adkins’ and adds ‘Adkins doubles up as Weapon XI whose onscreen powers are under wraps but who maybe a mutant hunter.’

    Adkins is a film stuntman (he has done stunts in other films and has stunt credits on IMDB), so that ties in.

    It looks to me like Weapon XI (which is played by Adkins) is a ‘phase’ of Deadpool either through experiments on Wade Wilson himself or a new cloned being including powers from many mutants.

  9. Is there gong to be a novelization?
    Perhaps it will provide answers.

  10. so so so verry ConfuZing.
    i am still worried . they might change him 2 weapon XI then change him to (as Reynolds Ment ) DeadPool that we know.
    another posibility is there are two individual charecters or a clone.

    i doubt any one knows 4 shur.

    but i am still worried Cuz of Fox. i mean the F*CK’in Killed Cyclops .

    as For weapon XI- i think he’s just here to give’em a NEW/EXCITiNG Bad Guy for Wolvie to Lock Claws with.

    and the actualy us the
    ”Bone Claw” thing from that Crappy IllFaded Story Arc.

    i just hope that at sum Point in the Film DeadPool Pops UP in his Suite and Mask and Says:-

    “Holy Spider-Man ripoffs! Is THIS the suit I’ve been wearing?

    (Looks a Camera)

    My common sense is tingling.”

    if only
    that was From Cable/Deadpool BtW.

  11. or if they actuly thought of the Fans they’d throw this conversations in the film:

    Sabertooth-“Scream for me”

    DP-“Okay how about this

    Sabertooth-” Quiet”

    DP-“I can say it with a girly tone if

    you want”

  12. ^^Of course they killed Cyclops. The actor took a major part in another movie filming at the same time on the other side of the world. As far as i know, James Marsden isn’t a mutant with the power of bilocation – to be in two places (film sets) at once.

  13. No comment until I see it…except for this one..

  14. i thought that weapon XI was wolverines son Daken from the comics
    or thats what i saw recently i think
    i swear nick fury explains
    maybe im wrong but i will find out soonish

  15. well……….
    i saw the interview at IGN.com and was suprised and confuzed at Reynolds’ statements.
    he says the “we’e gonna see more Wade Wilson Pre-fractured Charecter”.
    (‘Big suprise’)

    and then we see deadpool But as he stated-
    “Do we get to see the Deadpool charecter that is Faithful to the comic books? It’s Tough to say,because this it the charecter’s humble beginings.”

    but he states that there have been changes to adapt it to the Wolverine story.

    so is he this Mysterious ‘Weapon XI’ ?
    no Fa king idea.
    but Reynolds also says that his Quote”Dream” is to make a
    {BY-The-Books Deadpool Film }

    -*hint_hint *-
    that in my mind translates to=
    MARVEL BY Back The Rights To DeadPool And MAKE THIS FREAK’IN MOVIE !!!!

    @ sam
    i thought the same thing. i prought it to attention in another great Post about Fox and if they were Screwing up Deadpool and if Gambit Next.

    and that would be great to the story but as the Majority of us know Daken also has three retractable bone claws housed within each forearm, though their configuration and appearance is somewhat different from those of Wolverine. Two claws extend between his knuckles while the third extends from the underside of his wrists.

    but then again we’r dealing with FOX so i doubt my personal Rants Make a Differance.

  16. @ Rorschach,

    Thanks for the link – Good interview, Ryan Reynolds is pretty awesome.

  17. Yah thanks j, I think most of us already figured that out without having to do anything illegal…