It’s Christmas Day, which means Santa – or, in this case, 20th Century Fox – has gifted us with a new Deadpool trailer.
Deadpool is probably one of the most anticipated superhero flicks of 2016, not only because he’s a cult favorite, but because the film has been in development hell ever since X-men Origins: Wolverine. Even though nobody really wants to associate with X-Men Origins, not even its own spin-off, The Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds’ performance as Deadpool was one of its few redeeming qualities. That’s why Reynolds is back, both as producer and the film’s titular lead.
The trailer begins with Deadpool in the back of a taxi cab and then cut to him brutally stabbing someone to death. Although death is pretty commonplace across the superhero film genre, it’s not usually so graphic or as… direct. “Surprise,” he says, “This is a different kind of superhero story.”
The origin story begins with Wade Wilson being diagnosed with terminal cancer. To stay alive, he undergoes a rogue experiment that turns him indestructible, but also horribly disfigured. Weasel, Wade’s friend, compares his new look to the inside of someone’s asshole, which, when you think about it, is a pretty apt description. He enters the superhero life mostly to protect the love of his life, Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin. Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) plays Deadpool’s nemesis, one of the main dudes behind the experiment that turned Wade Wilson into Deadpool. Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Stefan Kapicic, and comedian T.J. Miller also star.
The dark humor and R rating is what differentiates Deadpool the most from other superhero movies. With a pretty simple and straightforward storyline (nothing as complicated as what’s going on in the MCU right now, which I’m actually grateful for), the movie will mostly hinge on its performances and dialogue.
It looks like the film will have a strong supporting cast, especially with a character named Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a teenager who happens to be Colossus’ trainee. Director Tim Miller describes her personality as “silently shaming” and “judgmental.” No doubt comedian T.J. Miller, who plays Weasel and currently stars in HBO’s sitcom Silicon Valley, will bring something special to the movie, as well. There’s also a blind woman who doubles as Deadpool’s roommate. The only thing I’m iffy on is the main villain, Ajax, who we don’t see much of in the trailer.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional antihero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool hits theaters February 12, 2016.
Here’s the green band version.