I’ve been a huge fan of Marvel Comics since I could read and all of these movies that are coming out now in theaters and TV worldwide have been known to me for over 2 decades at least. So, you should be able to understand what it means for fans like me to Hollywood producers turn thousands of comic pages into a fresh new take as a live-action adaptation movie. One comic character/franchise which 20th Century Fox got from Marvel is Deadpool also known as “The Merc (Mercenary) with a Mouth.” He’s a cherished character among fans, because he is not a typical superhero, in fact, he’s no superhero at all but an anti-hero.
Anti-hero definition: “a central character in a story, movie, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes.”
Who is Deadpool?
But more than just being an anti-hero, comic book readers and fans like him a lot, because he never shuts up which annoys his enemies so much that it frustrates them and make them angry. Whether or not he is doing it on purpose or he’s just a wise crack is beyond me, but it amuses me so much as it’s hilarious. I remember my mother frowning at me because I chuckle all the time while reading Deadpool comics, well, she finally understood now. Deadpool’s alter ego is Wade Wilson, who is a former Canadian special operations personnel in the Army, then later on became a mercenary.
During one of his missions as a mercenary, he was paid to kill a blind female target named, Althea; however, he took pity on her and sabotage the mission. Long story short his employers did not like his misdemeanor and instead of tracking him down to kill him, they tried to kill his girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle. But thank her lucky stars Zoe Culloden a mysterious woman from another dimension saved Vanessa from a possible death. Later on, just like in the movie, Wade had cancer, forcing him to break up with his girl and went to Department K (Canada’s Special Weapons Division) which was a front for the Weapon X Program where the X-Man Wolverine also got his adamantium bones and claws.
He went through a lot before joining a mutant group called The X-Force (they’re like an X-Men offshoot of somekind who follow the same principles that Professor Charles Xavier started).
The Surprise Appearance of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead
The Deadpool movie featured two X-Men characters namely, Negasonic Teenage Warhead who in the comics is a member of the New X-Men and another, the gargantuan metal Russian guy, Colossus who is an original X-Men member. This might hint on the possibility that a crossover will happen in the near future. Maybe not in X-Men: Apocalypse but further sequels and it’s going to be amazing! If the comics proved to be very good for the X-Men franchise with Deadpool joining them, then there’s no doubt in my mind that the movies will do great as well. Also, another notable fact of the film is that the movie makers at Fox has finally cought up with what fans really want – keeping the characters as close to the comic books as possible.
Breaking the Box Office Records
Deadpool’s opening weekend which was only 4 days long brought in a record breaking $140 million! By now it has crossed the $300 million mark and a total ticket sales of $600 million domestic and international profits. The film redefined the R-rated sector in the movie industry and, in fact, no one has ever predicted that an R-rated movie could break box office records until now. It also prompted other movie producers to do more R-rated films, for example, the new Spawn reboot will get an R-rating and a horror-style treatment instead of the traditional superhero paint.
On a personal note, I’d have to give this film a 4.7 out 5 star rating for its originality and film quality. It’s also good because the film makers followed the comic books from the tone all the way to the costumes. I like how they cast Ryan Reynolds for the lead role and I think most people will agree that he is the perfect choice, because he’s Canadian and can play the immature Wade Wilson on screen.
This movie is not for children. I’m serious about this parents, do NOT let your kids watch Deadpool, because it will traumatize them in ways you never thought possible. No glorified end credits scene which was rather disappointing and T.J. Miller is not a very good comic relief and Reynolds had to carry all the burden to amuse the fans by himself even if he didn’t realize it.