2016's fairly epic year for comic book movie adaptations kicks off in February with Tim Miller's Deadpool, which finds Ryan Reynolds kind of (but not really) reprising his role as mercenary Wade Wilson from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The extent to which Deadpool will connect with Fox's larger X-Men cinematic universe remains to be seen, but fans are finally getting the R-rated version of the character they've wanted for years.
The trailers we've seen for Deadpool -- both safe for work and not -- showcase Reynolds' immersion into his character and the fourth-wall breaking, decidedly mature approach that Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have taken. The film's star regularly releases his own promotional material, and fans can look forward to a new trailer releasing this month.
And that's not all. According to the Alberta Film Ratings website (via CBM), three Deadpool trailers have now been classified -- and one has to be the new trailer which will be released very soon. One is classified "trailer D," along with a red-band "trailer E" and an IMAX teaser trailer. Both full-length trailers have a runtime of 02:24, while the IMAX teaser will run 27 seconds and will screen ahead of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, starting Friday, December 18th.
There is no set date for the longer trailers' release, but the highly anticipated first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse was rated roughly a week before the trailer's release. We'll likely see the new Deadpool trailer sometime before December 18th.
The real question is just how much new footage the trailers will contain.We still only know the basic overview of the story: Reynolds' Wade Wilson becomes the disfiguired Merc with the Mouth Deadpool and join forces (in a sense) with Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and a re-introduced (as a Russian) Colossus (Andre Tricoteux) to go up against antagonists Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano).
The movie has been touted as a bloody revenge story, but fans are eager to find out what place Deadpool has in the newly reset X-Men universe. Longtime X-man Colossus is said to have a major supporting role (but is not necessarily part of that team by the time we meet him), but given the "radical" nature of the movie, Deadpool's shared-universe aspects may not be the overall point. In an age of relatively safe, PG-13 rated superhero movies, Deadpool has been promised as being something darker, funnier, more "meta" and violent than what we've seen before. The filmmakers most likely want their audiences to focus on all of this... but when the trailers surface, we'll have a better idea of what we're in for.
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.
Source: Alberta Film Ratings