X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of the superhero movies that most fans would like to forget. Unfortunately, it's made extremely difficult to forget by the disastrous first big-screen appearance of Deadpool.
This movie was hardly the first to anger comic book fans. Maybe you remember when Peter Parker (Tobey MaGuire) acquired the alien symbiote that not only gave him stronger spider powers, but also turned him into an over-emotional dancey-pants. The very same movie where Eric Forman (Topher Grace) became Venom. A few years earlier, Nicholas Cage even got his time as a superhero in Ghost Rider.
It wasn’t all bad, though. Deadpool would never have been made without the existence of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While it would be hard to deny that the Deadpool or Weapon XI was a huge mistake, it did present an off-kilter look at an oddly overpowered PG-13 version of the “mutant, with other powers pooled into him.” While it is a blatantly obvious way to present the character's name, it also reveals that Weapon XI was a mutant prior to the experiments of Stryker, whereas in the comics and the Deadpool film, he is a human being with cancer.
With that being said, here are 15 Weird Facts About Deadpool In X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
15 Ryan Reynolds Knew Fans Would Hate It
Ryan Reynolds knew that the Weapon XI version of Deadpool was going to miss with fans, and he tried to tell studio executives in order to get it changed.
Reynolds recalled being told, "‘Play Deadpool in this movie or we’ll get someone else to.’ And I just said, ‘I’ll do it, but it’s the wrong version. Deadpool isn’t correct in it.'” He continued to finish the film but then proceeded to pressure Fox into making the standalone Deadpool film, which would take seven years and a Green Lantern movie to finally get the green light. As it turns out his persistence and loyalty to the character would pay off in the 2016 Deadpool film.
Although X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a massive budget of $150 million and Deadpool had a budget $58 million, Reynolds managed to prove that he had connected with the character’s audience when his Deadpool outperformed the massively funded movie.
Origins would go on to make just over $373 million, and Deadpool would steal the show grossing over $783 million worldwide. Not only did it make more money, it made that money faster. Origins was in theaters for 22 weeks, while Deadpool was in for 18 weeks, proving that it was a good idea to get rid of the PG-13 rating and stay true to the character.
14 More Cutting Power
Though the blades that come out of Weapon XI’s arms present some issues - more on that shortly - the singular blade per arm design would actually increase the cutting power of his blades providing him with superior cutting power over Wolverine and X-23’s claws. Kyle Hill of Because Science did an episode about Wolverine and X-23’s claws.
It was found that reducing the area of the blades would result in more cutting power.
Since the blades between the two are similar that would mean X-23’s claws are more proficient, because she uses two instead of three blades. In the case of Deadpool, his singular blade reduces even more area, making it more proficient at cutting and slashing.
While his blades have more cutting power, the idea in the movie seemed a bit over the top in comparison to his comic book and movie counterpart. His counterpart utilizes a multitude of different weapons, none of which he makes come out of his own body.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine chose to overpower a character rather than using the parts of Deadpool that made him a fan-favorite character: his personality and somewhat deranged mental state. Although they did show a bit of his personality in the elevator scene, it was too short-lived.
13 Those Nifty Blades Would Not Fit
Not only was Weapon XI a departure from the Deadpool fans were familiar with - it was a departure from science and anatomy. The long blades that come out of his hands are unreasonably long; much longer than Wolverine’s claws. More importantly, they are about the same length as his entire arm, presenting a myriad of problems.
Once again Kyle Hill of Because Science has tackled the issue of Wolverine’s claws showing that in most cases Wolverine’s claws are a little too big for the character.
It doesn’t take a whole lot of science and math to figure out Weapon XI’s blades are way too big for a character of Ryan Reynolds’ stature.
Sure, Wolverine’s claws are too long, and it could cause loss of mobility in the wrists or elbows, but it is a much easier pill to swallow than the blades used by Weapon XI. The somewhat outlandish blades also present a different problem, in that they are long enough to be heavy. According to Google, the average weight of a Katana is between 900-1400 grams or 2 to 3.5 pounds, which may not seem like much but when held very far from the body would become tiresome.
12 Pointless Breath
After Wolverine takes a swipe at Deadpool’s neck and kicks him off the ledge, a few interesting things happened. The first was that, as his body and head dropped, his head fell in a perfect spiral to cut the structure with the stolen power from Cyclops. The second is that, after the credits had rolled, Deadpool opened his eyes and took a breath. This does not really add up since his head was not attached to his body.
The scene was clearly used to introduce the idea of a standalone film for the “Merc with a Mouth.” It would just take seven years to get the green light.
This scene also poses a lot of questions like: How did Deadpool survive decapitation? Would his head grow a new body or would the body grow a new head? Is that how you could create a clone of Deadpool? If the current Deadpool was decapitated would he also survive? In the comics, Deadpool has been ended by and survived decapitation.
Luckily, the ending to X-Men Origins: Wolverine would not be permanent, as the movie was essentially retconned out of Fox’s universe for the Marvel with the altered timelines of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
11 Marvel Vs Capcom Mocked Deadpool
Fox’s first version of Wade Wilson was obviously ill received by fans pretty much as soon as he showed his pockmarked face. He was not only brutally mocked across the internet, however - he even managed to catch some flack from a well-known video game franchise, although it was just mild mockery.
If you choose to fight as Deadpool in Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and Wolverine as an opponent, after you finish beating the stuffing out Wolvie, Deadpool has the ability to say, "And that's how you beat Wolverine, people ... AND YOU DON'T EVEN NEED OPTIC BLASTS! MUAHAHAHAHA!"
The line is a very clear reference to the unnecessary optic blasts handed to him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The optic blasts very well may be one of the most controversial changes made to the slightly psychotic anti-hero, since it is an ability that he has never had in the comics. It is also playing to the rivalry between the Merc with a Mouth and the feral Wolverine to be the best at what they do. The game is not-so-subtly pointing out that Deadpool never needed the eye blasts to defeat Wolverine, and that Fox never needed to change the character in such a drastic fashion.
10 Reynolds improvised Deadpool's lines
During 2007-2008, there was a writer’s strike that ended up affecting X-Men Origins: Wolverine in an arguably negative way, but in turn, it also provided some of the best lines in the movie.
Ryan Reynolds stated, “So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, no anything. Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself because, in the script we had, it said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ I was like, ‘What?! What am I supposed to do with that?'”
What he ended up doing was improvising the lines himself, with dialogue very similar to what would make the cut in the later Deadpool film.
While most fans were livid about the mostly silent, hulking Deadpool presented in the film, it seems clear the best aspects of this awful character were all thanks to the clever wit of the actor who played him.
Much to Reynolds’ credit, he managed to push through Green Lantern to make a movie that completely rewrote the character from the events of X-Men Origins while also acknowledging that the older film was lackluster. Once again, he brought that fast-talking sarcasm along to drive the standalone Deadpool film to the top of the box office.
9 His Teleportation Comes From John Wraith
For a while, it seemed as though Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas was everywhere, kind of like the character he played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. John Wraith was never really a popular character like Nightcrawler, despite the fact that they share the ability to teleport. However, their method of teleportation varies quite a bit.
In the film, Deadpool has John Wraith’s teleportation ability, instead of a device like in the comics.
In the comic books, he uses a few different devices to teleport - one given to him by his friend Weasel, and another called the TDC (Time Displacement Core), which allows him to “body slide” to wherever Cable is currently present.
Hopefully, the Time Displacement Core will make an appearance in the highly anticipated return of Deadpool. If it does, maybe it will allow him to teleport between Cable and Thanos since technically they are both Josh Brolin and he could right all of the wrongs committed by the overgrown Grimace that is Thanos.
Deadpool’s ability to teleport is important to the character but not important enough to just “pool” it into him, all for the sake of creating a villain for Wolverine to fight at the end of a movie that would send fans into an uproar before the film ever hit theaters.
8 Ryan Reynolds Only Played Deadpool To Get The Solo Film Made
Not every bad part is due to misjudgment on the actor’s end. Sometimes, they know a film is awful, but a role is so near and dear to them they are willing to do anything to make sure they get what they really want. For Ryan Reynolds, both of these roles just so happened to be Deadpool. The thing is, Reynolds had always wanted to play Deadpool, and he had always wanted to play him the way he was depicted in the standalone film, but the studio had other plans.
Reynolds was basically told point blank if he ever wanted to bring his version of Deadpool to the silver screen that he had to play Wade Wilson the way Fox told him to or they would replace him with someone else. He agreed but was sure to include a hint of Deadpool’s fast-talking personality before his mouth was sewn shut. Reynolds maintained that he only agreed so that he would eventually be able to rectify the butchering of the character down the line.
It only took seven years, a bad Green Lantern film, a meager budget, a war over the film’s rating, and some leaked test footage before he was finally able to bring his project to fruition.
That's not a bad trade-off for finally achieving your dream, right?
7 He Wasn't A Very Good Technopath
Humanity has been warned about the upcoming robot apocalypse for quite some time now. But for X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s version of Wade Wilson, the machine uprising shouldn’t have ever been an issue. The character was actually supposed to have the ability to control technology through Chris Bradley’s power that had been “pooled” into him along with several other mutants, except he only ever used this power once, and it’s arguably the thing that got him killed, depending on how you look at the situation.
The one time Deadpool is actually shown to use his technopathy, all he does is receive a command from William Stryker.
The assumption here is that this was a command from Stryker to Deadpool to remove Wolverine's head. Except, that’s not how Wolvie and Deadpool’s fight actually went down. After his spiralling fall into a nuclear something-or-other, we later see that it was Wade Wilson who ends up losing his head in the end credits scene.
Did Wade Wilson misinterpret Stryker’s command? Did he read that message and somehow think he was mean to lose his head? It doesn’t really make any sense - but nothing about this movie really does, anyway.
6 Reynolds tried to use Green Lantern to pressure Fox to make Deadpool
The only reason Ryan Reynolds actually agreed to play X-Men Origins’ bizarre version of the Merc with the Mouth was so that he could eventually rectify all of Fox’s mistakes with a solo Deadpool film. He did, but it took a long time and a second awful superhero film to make that happen. Reynolds was basically threatened with losing the character when he tried to raise his concerns over the modifications the studio was making. Reynolds later tried to fight fire with fire, but he forgot about that pesky backdraft.
A year after X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiered, Reynolds, got tired of waiting around for Fox to not actually greenlight the stand-alone Deadpool film. He attempted to pressure the studio, in a sense.
Reynolds told Fox he couldn’t keep waiting and that if they didn’t give his film the official go, he was going to have to start committing to other film projects.
One of those other projects was Green Lantern, which he deliberately tried to leverage over Fox, threatening to go make that film if the studio didn’t agree to his terms. They didn’t, and Reynolds has pretty much regretted Green Lantern ever since.
5 He Has An Adamantium Skeleton
The comic book version of Deadpool does not have an adamantium skeleton. The solo film version of Deadpool does not have an adamantium skeleton, either. There's a reason for that.
The Merc with the Mouth does have an advanced healing factor that is derived from Wolverine’s powers, but that’s where those similarities should end. However, when William Stryker pooled a bunch of mutants’ powers into Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he went ahead and gave Deadpool an adamantium skeleton, which makes basically everything that happens in the final battle of the film completely impossible.
We know that the Boss Fight between Logan and Wade ends with Deadpool scattered around in a bunch of pieces. His hand was reaching for his face. His face was breathing for no dang reason. Yet he had an adamantium skeleton.
His bones were made up of one of the strongest, if not the strongest materials in that universe, save for Vibranium.
Ignoring any and all real-world science, if the film wanted to be true to its own universe, Deadpool should have been just fine after his fall.
His special skeleton combined with his healing factor should have meant he simply could have gotten back to his feet and walked away, no harm done.
4 He ages slower
Teleportation was not the only ability from John Wraith “pooled” into the “Merc without a Mouth." Wraith also possessed the ability to age slower than normal, but the precise rate at which he aged was not stated.
Deadpool would already begin to age more slowly because of Wolverine’s healing factor that was “pooled” into him, but combined with John Wraith’s abilities he should age even slower than Logan.
Because of Deadpool’s healing factor, it would have been nearly impossible to show this ability in the film, but nonetheless, it was an ability of John Wraith that was in the lamer version of Deadpool.
It was yet an another utterly pointless ability of the “Merc without a Mouth." As stated earlier, the Weapon XI version of Deadpool was overpowered, but it was also overpowered in some of the most useless ways possible. Aging slower, the misused technopathy, and the blades from his arms are all useful powers, but the way Fox had used the character rendered most of them useless.
He could have easily still used the swords, teleportation, and eye beams and it would have had the same outcome since aging slower does not help in a fight. As for the blades, he could have just held them - there was no need for them to come out of his arms.
3 The Director Hated The Character
It’s been made very clear that Ryan Reynolds was not a fan of his X-Men Origins: Wolverine portrayal of Wade Wilson. He may have been forced into this lackluster performance by the studio, but not all of the execs who worked on the film agreed with the revisions made to this iconic character. Director Gavin Hood hated his own version of Deadpool, too.
Hood didn’t want to come straight out and blame the studio for the failed version of Deadpool, but that’s the basic impression he gave off. During an interview with The Independent, the director blamed the PG-13 rating for the watered down Deadpool before thanking his interviewer when the studio heads were given responsibility for the unpopular changes.
The director claimed the studio had merely been testing the waters with Deadpool to see how he would be received by the audience.
That is all well and good, but it’s obvious Fox would have gotten better results had it created a character that people actually liked. Hood commended Reynolds for correcting the mistakes that had been made and returning Deadpool to his foul-mouthed glory. Hood said he believed that the R-rating helped Deadpool to become what it needed to be without “torturing” the source material.
2 Leaked Footage Angered Fans
When the standalone Deadpool film kept getting the runaround from Fox, somebody who may or may not have been Ryan Reynolds leaked some test footage. Fans were immediately pumped for the sarcastic, Gwen Stefani-singing, red spandex-wearing hero, and demanded the full film to be given the green light. This wasn’t the first time that Deadpool footage had been leaked, but it was the first time Fox listened to Wade Wilson’s fans.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked online a full month and a half before the film was supposed to be released, and let’s just say comic book fans were not okay with what they saw.
The outrage was so intense that studio execs begged Reynolds to get on a plane and come fix the end of the movie. Reynolds felt vindicated, he had told the studio from the beginning that their version of the Merc with a Mouth was going to go over like a lead balloon. They didn’t have the time or budget to actually redo everything about Deadpool. It was too late for that. Reynolds was understandably frustrated and felt there was no point to fix the ending if they couldn’t fix the entire character.
1 His Teleportation Was Technically Stronger Than Nightcrawler’s
Kurt Wagner had an uncanny teleportation ability that consistently made him an asset to the X-Men team. However, there was one huge downside to Nightcrawler’s ability: he had to travel through a Hell dimension in order to use them. Whenever Nightcrawler teleports from one spot to another, even if he’s just traveling across one room, he makes a quick stop in the Brimstone Dimension first. He poofs into the underworld and then poofs back at his destination.
For the most part, Nightcrawler only teleports short distances, as longer jaunts can become exhausting and take their toll on the mutant.
This is what made Wade Wilson’s teleportation powers in X-Men Origins: Wolverine so promising. Having garnered the ability from John Wraith, it could be assumed that Deadpool’s new teleportation power would work in a similar manner to Wraith’s.
Wraith was able to teleport much, much farther distances than Nightcrawler. He could essentially teleport to any given location in the world, regardless of distance, with no side effects or damage done to his body. This could have helped to make Deadpool’s mercenary missions that much more dangerous for targets of the assassin. In theory, he could have teleported in and out of literally any hideout in a matter of seconds.
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