Anyone who’s ever been excited to see an upcoming film knows how valuable every little piece of information can be. The rumours, the stories, the photos, the video clips from the set – all of it only adds to the anticipation and eagerness. Depending on how long fans have been waiting between bits of information, the wait can be excruciating, making even a few months feel like centuries.
Marvel’s upcoming Deadpool adaptation likely fits that exact description for many. The first screening of the trailer received a standing ovation at Comic-Con 2015 and left the audience asking for it to be played a second time. Since then, the trailer has hit the internet and fans are very eager for more.
As it turns out, fans might not have to wait much longer for an all new trailer. In a recent Collider interview with Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg, the impending arrival of a follow up trailer was revealed, as well as Ryan Reynolds’ intention to continue putting out Deadpool videos of his own making, as we saw earlier this year at Halloween. Kinberg hinted that the next trailer will keep fans very happy.
“I’ve seen a version of the trailer that’s pretty awesome, that’s close to being ready. I think the plan is in December to put out the new trailer. In terms of new footage and material, Ryan’s creating new footage and material every single day, so I’m assuming he’ll do something new on the internet in the next week or so.”
Kinberg also goes on to discuss in the interview a variety of topics related to Deadpool, including Wade Wilson’s pansexuality (not explored in depth in the film but alluded to), as well as confirmation that the film does indeed take place within the shared X-Men: Apocalypse universe:
“It takes place within the X-Men universe and references that universe. It’s not the same time period as our past tense X-Men movies, like First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse take place in the past and Deadpool takes place in the present, but it acknowledges everything that’s happened in those other movies and the universe, and like you said Colossus is in it and other characters from the X-Men world.”
Deadpool is the story of former special forces operative Wade Wilson, a man suffering from cancer, who agrees to allow a dubious organisation experiment on him in the hope of curing his illness. The experiments are painful and extreme, resulting in Wilson becoming a scar-tissued, disfigured mess – both mentally and physically. His ability to heal is greatly accelerated, however, and with his new powers and twisted sense of humour, he takes up the role of a sort of crazed, mercenary, anti-hero.
Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, marking his third outing as an onscreen adaptation of a superhero and his second time playing Wilson since X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds’ last foray into the superhero universe was back in 2011 when he took on DC Comics’ Green Lantern, a role and film that received very little praise, to say the least. With Deadpool he’s apparently hit the right chords with audiences, as the current level of anticipation for the forthcoming 2016 film is palpable.
Deadpool was directed by Tim Miller from a script by Rhett Rease and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). This is Miller’s first time as a director on a feature film. In addition to Reynolds, Deadpool rounds out its cast with support from Morena Baccarin (Gotham), Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6), T.J. Miller (Big Hero 6) and Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones).
With the level of hype surrounding this film, it can sometimes be hard to get a clear view of what exactly to expect. Yes, the trailer that’s currently on offer showcases some violent, smart-ass carnage, but there’s a big difference between a two-minute glimpse of this sort of thing and filling up an entire film with it.
Will Deadpool be able to move past the hype and prove itself as a worthwhile stand alone hit? It’s hard to say, but given the story of Wade Wilson and the manner in which he extracts justice, Deadpool will have to equal the cinematic appeal of a film like Kick Ass to truly keep audiences entertained. Whether or not it’s got those sort of chops remains to be seen, but there’s certainly an enormous fanbase out there counting down the days until they have the chance to find out.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.