Say what you want about the X-Men Origins Wolverine movie — such as despite its few cool action scenes, it was disjointed, kind of dumb and made no sense in terms of the other movies or the character — but it was stupid-successful at the box office last weekend, earning $85 million. The result is what many of you have dreamed of since Wolverine was first announced — a Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds. From Variety:
Twentieth Century Fox has begun development on “Deadpool,” an “X-Men” spinoff that will be crafted as a star vehicle for Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
The character is one of the most popular in Marvel Comics’ X-Men universe. Deadpool is Wade Wilson,
a mercenary who, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X
genetic alteration experiment and emerges as an indestructible
semi-sane anti-hero. Reynolds seemed destined to play the character. In
one reference in the Marvel Comics, Deadpool is described as a mix
between “a Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds.”
So here’s my question: after watching Wolverine, do you Deadpool fans still want a Deadpool movie? And I’m not even talking about the Weapon XI weirdness — clearly Fox has no problem ignoring previous continuity, so there’s no telling if Deadpool will have katanas coming out of his fists or not. My concern is that Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most popular and simplest characters (in terms of why he’s popular). Fox had three films worth of data to know what fans wanted from the character. And X-Men Origins: Wolverine was still the result.
I just can’t imagine that they’re going to be able to get Deadpool right, despite Ryan Reynolds’ excellent 10 or so minutes in Wolverine; I have the grim feeling he’ll still have swords in his fucking arms and that Rachel Bilson will co-star to teach him how to love again or something. What do you think? Would you rather see a shitty Deadpool movie or none at all?