Few actors we can say are born for a role. Ryan Reynolds is one of them. He is Wade Wilson a.k.a. the “Merc with a Mouth” a.k.a. Deadpool in real-life, or at least he’s the closest thing to it.

Even Wade Wilson in his own Marvel Comics said Ryan Reynolds should play him. And he did (sort of) in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, one of the two really bad X-Men films by Twentieth Century Fox. But just like the studio made right by fans with X-Men: Days of Future Past helping erase X-Men 3, so too will they help erase their poorly crafted first adaptation of Deadpool with his own new spinoff movie. And it’s all thanks to Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds has spearheaded the lengthy development track for Deadpool with the help of director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, all of whom were attached to the Deadpool spinoff the moment Fox expressed interest in it after Origins. But it went nowhere.

Still, the core four stayed the course, never giving up, simply waiting for Fox to greenlight Deadpool.

Then it happened.

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And it happened during San Diego Comic-Con last year when the highly-praised Deadpool test footage that Miller and Reynolds made for Fox’s executives way back when leaked online, and then leaked again in a higher resolution format. Everyone loved it and the leak – and its corresponding fandom – immediately saw Fox greenlight a full Deadpool feature, fast-tracked for release in February 2016.

Now here we are, nearly one year after the test footage leaked online starting it all, and Fox is ready to showcase Deadpool with a panel alongside their two other Marvel features, Fantastic Four and X-Men: Apocalypse this weekend. Production has already wrapped on Deadpool and we hope to see the cast and some epic footage for Fox’s first rated-R Marvel adaptation.

But do you know who’s even more ready than you or I? Deadpool himself. He’s on the cover of EW’s Comic-Con issue, he’s featured in EmpireDeadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld is hiding original art of the character around the convention, and Ryan Reynolds is helping fuel the hype train. Look at what he posted this morning:

We spoke with Reynolds this week as well for his upcoming film Self/Less which will also have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con where he compared the Deadpool costume to his CGI-rendered Green Lantern one and talked about the challenges of fitting Wade Wilson in other X-Men movies.

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The 20th Century Fox panel takes place 5:45 PM-7:30 PM on Saturday, July 11th in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. That night Fox will also be hosting a special screening of X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut (which we gave out VIP wristbands for).

Next: ‘Wolverine 3’ Begins Shooting Early Next Year

Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.

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