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Ryan Reynolds Wants to Explore Deadpool’s Pansexuality

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Speaking at the Deadpool 2 panel during Comic-Con, star Ryan Reynolds said he'd love to see more of Wade Wilson's pansexuality on display in future movies. The character has a reputation for dirty jokes and a high libido, and the recent sequel expanded on the hints laid out in 2016's Deadpool - particularly when it comes to the relationship between Wade and his long-suffering on-again-off-again friend Colossus.

The source for Deadpool being "officially" pansexual in the comics is writer Gerry Duggan, who had a several years-long stint on Deadpool comics and characterized the irreverent antihero on Twitter as "omnisexual" and "ready and willing to do anything with a pulse." Even the pulse requirement is apparently flexible; in the comics, Deadpool had a romantic relationship with Death - something that made Thanos so wild with jealousy that he cursed Deadpool with immortality.

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The topic of LGBT representation came up during the Deadpool 2 panel in Hall H on Saturday, which was intended to promote the upcoming home video release of the movie (including the Super Duper extended cut). Negasonic Teenage Warhead was revealed to have a girlfriend, Yukio, in the movie, and Reynolds said that he hopes to explore off some of Wade's wide-ranging interests in the future as well:

“I certainly think that this universe… needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways. The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do. It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe because it’s something that we’re building out more.”

In the movies, Deadpool has a monogamous relationship with Vanessa Carlysle, but that doesn't mean that his sexual flexibility hasn't been made clear. In the first movie he flirted with a very uncomfortable pizza delivery guy, and in Deadpool 2 he cops a feel of Colossus' butt while Colossus is trying to give him a friendly hug, stands outside Colossus window with a boombox (well, sort of) in the style of John Cusack in Say Anything..., and generally does such a poor job of concealing his attraction that Vanessa (in the afterlife) retorts to Deadpool begging her "Don't f*** Elvis" with "Don't f*** Colossus."

Other superheroes whom Deadpool has flirted with in the comics include Thor and Spider-Man, and there's actually quite an enthusiastic online fandom for the Deadpool/Spider-Man "ship" (which Deadpool has acknowledged). However, since the current movie iteration of Spider-Man is A) a teenage boy and B) in a different cinematic universe, we're unlikely to see that manifest on the big screen any time soon.

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