This year is going to be packed with superhero movies coming from three of the biggest studios in charge of the genre: Warner Bros. (with DC Comics), Marvel Studios, and Fox - which owns rights to X-Men movies. The first film from this exciting pack is the highly anticipated solo movie of the Merc with a Mouth: Deadpool.
With the release date getting closer, Fox is upping their marketing game, having already released TV spots with new footage and even posters spoofing romantic movies. Now that Australia Day (the official National Day of Australia) is approaching (January 26th), Deadpool has recorded a video for our neighbors down under, but it's not your typical celebratory message.
Fox has released a new video with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) poking fun at the maligned solo movie of Australia's favorite mutant: Wolverine. It seems like the merc, just like the majority of his fans, hasn't forgotten the failure of his cinematic debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine; lucky him, Fox has given him the chance to express his discontent.
In a little less than one minute, Deadpool – wearing a safari hat with corks dangling off the brim – pays his respects to Australia but in a typical Deadpool fashion - with a mock Australian accent, Wade Wilson celebrates the country and “its shady criminal past and its predilection for blackout drinking and unrelenting condescension towards New Zealand.”
After that, things get more personal when he mentions Wolverine – though he doesn't have a problem with Hugh Jackman, a "delightful guy" and "true legend" but can't forgive the nation for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. According to the mouthy mercenary, it was a “career low” for him. The video ends with Deadpool making fun of the fact that “Australia Day” is even a thing.
This reloaded version of Deadpool – far from the one that appeared in X-Men Origins – has no shame and knows few boundaries when it comes to mocking his previous appearance - as well as Reynolds' take on DC's Green Lantern. What other references to Deadpool and Reynolds' past filmography will appear in the film? A few lucky moviegoers already know but the rest of us won't have to wait too much longer to find out.
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 an untitled X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also currently in development.