It’s been one year since Deadpool hit theaters and it’s time to reflect. In the days leading up to its release, fans were in a constant state of euphoria. The Internet’s favorite superhero was about to be acted out on-screen by the Internet’s favorite actor and the anticipation was palpable. Nothing could go wrong. Even if the film was terrible, no one would have admitted it. People had waited too long and worked too hard. This was the people’s movie. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. Still, in the end, the movie didn’t need a diehard fan base pumping its tires. It didn’t have to rely on denial and comic book fan apologists. It was one of the best superhero movies made to date and one of the best films overall in 2016. The Deadpool vehicle was perfect for Ryan Reynolds and he for it.
After its release, fans wanted to know everything there was to know about the film, behind-the-scenes, interviews, trivia. It was information overload. The team who made Deadpool had spent a decade trying to get it off the ground, so there were plenty of juicy stories. Plus, these guys understand comic book movies, so they loaded the film with references and homages and cameos and jokes and just about everything fans could want. You’ve almost certainly read all about this stuff, so we’re not going to rehash what’s already been talked about over and over again. Since Ryan Reynolds and the Deadpool team have been busily building a second film and a franchise around Deadpool, we decided to collect all the information that has come out recently, information that might have slipped under your nose while you were still recuperating. Here are 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool.
15. Reynolds Had a Nervous Breakdown
A lot has been made of how much of Ryan Reynolds’ personal time and effort went into not only making and promoting Deadpool but simply getting it greenlit in the first place. The entire process took more than a decade and Reynolds’ invested pretty much everything he had into it. There were major ups and downs, but once the project got a little bit of life injected into it, the team went full speed ahead and there was no stopping them. Amidst all the major budget cuts and other obstacles that continued to pop up, the pressure and the thrill of getting it done kept the team going, especially its star and champion, Reynolds. It was only after filming was complete that Reynolds stopped and realized the impact the process had on him both physically and mentally. “I felt like I was on some schooner in the middle of a white squall the whole time. It just never stopped,” he said. “When it ﬁnally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes. I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, ‘You have anxiety.'”
14. He Got To Kiss Spiderman
Maybe you missed the scene at the Golden Globes Awards or maybe you saw it but ignored the larger implications. You may also want to forget about the fact that Tom Holland is the new Spider-Man for a minute because this is important for Deadpool. Fans of the comics will know that Deadpool and Spidey have long been connected to each other. They’re close, just maybe not as close as Deadpool would like. Despite their bickering, the Merc with a Mouth deeply admires Spider-Man. You might even say he loves him. There’s no shortage of flirting between the two and it’s no secret that Deadpool wants Spidey to be his best friend, so, when these two kissed at the Golden Globes, it made perfect sense. When Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) was asked about the kiss afterward, he said, “It’s not a real kiss if it’s not slightly French.”
13. Don’t Expect A Future X-Men Crossover
In the first Deadpool, we saw a Marvel film that was largely bereft of X-Men characters. There was even a joke at the expense of the two lesser X-Men characters we did see, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Now that the film has a major following and it made boatloads of money, should we expect to see a whole slew of X-Men in the next Deadpool film? Short answer: no. When asked, one of the writers, Rhett Reese, said, “You kinda don’t want a Ferrari in Deadpool unless it’s for a real purpose in the sense that Deadpool is a gritty, grimy, smaller thing, with characters you aren’t as familiar with. It’s a little bit like lovable losers. It’s not the A-list of superheroes, necessarily… The occasional cameo or appearance by an A-list type person could be really funny and/or dramatic. So, we have an eye open for those things, but we don’t want to just put people in it because we can now, if that makes sense.” It’s true. By throwing Reynolds’ Deadpool in the middle of a larger X-Men story, the subtleties that make him such a treasure will be lost.
12. Premature Oscar Campaign
Prior to the Academy Awards last year, Ryan Reynolds and the Deadpool team weren’t about to let the fact that their film wasn’t yet released and therefore ineligible for any nominations stop them from running a last-minute campaign. They designed a nice graphic which listed a few accomplishments of the film and Reynolds penned a letter to the members of the Academy. In the letter, Reynolds called for a nomination for several reasons, including having “limited resources and a budget which would barely cover the cocaine costs on most studio films,” and “once in a while the long-game pays off and reminds me that in this industry, truly, anything can happen.” The film was not nominated.
11. Still Tickled Even Without Oscar Nom
When Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds were nominated for Golden Globe Awards, Reynolds took to Twitter to voice his happiness. “Thank you, Golden Globes!” he wrote. “As we speak, the entire Deadpool team is engaged in a grotesque, early morning tickle-fight.” Because of this recognition, some expected more of the same from the Academy Awards leading up to the nominations announcements. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, but Reynolds still showed his sense of humor after being shutout, tweeting, “Regularly scheduled tickle-fight at Camp #Deadpool is still on. Congrats to all the nominees for these brilliant films. #Oscars2017”
10. Money Isn’t Everything
You might think that all the budgetary concerns from Deadpool will be a distant memory for the Deadpool 2 team, but that’s not necessarily true. Sure, the film will have a healthier budget, but it won’t get out of control. The team doesn’t want it that way either, says writer Paul Wernick. “We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So, we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.” This is a vision that is shared by the new director, David Leitch, as well. “We need to make sure that the action is really furthering the characters and moving the story along,” he said. “And we are having fun with the action. It’s not action for spectacle, it’s action for Deadpool’s character. And giving him a platform for another physical device for comedy and character as well.”
9. His Friends Will Be Back
The chemistry between Deadpool and his pals, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), was instantaneous and beautiful to behold. Although these “B-List” X-Men may not be the most familiar to the average fan, their characteristics are very common, making them perfect companions for Deadpool. His wittiness is at his best when he’s poking fun at the predictability of the people around him. Giving Deadpool two-dimensional companions is like watching a sharpshooter take on the shooting gallery at your local fairgrounds. It’s glorious. Well, this is going to continue in the next film. Though the writers couldn’t confirm if they’ll cameo or co-star, both Negasonic and Colossus will return for Deadpool 2.
8. Vanessa Will Be Super
If you know about the X-Force, you know that Copycat is one of the former members. You also know that, in the comics, her real name is Vanessa Carlysle and she’s a white-haired shapeshifter. So, we’ve all been asking, why wasn’t Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) a mutant in Deadpool? Quite simply, the writers didn’t want to overload the audience, but they also didn’t want to eliminate possibilities from future films. It’s almost too obvious that Vanessa will become Copycat in the next film, but, as many fans have pointed out, she probably already is Copycat; she just never showed off her special abilities. Take the white streak in her hair, an obvious reference to the white hair of Copycat. In Deadpool, she also has the line, “I’ve played many roles. Damsel in distress isn’t one of them,” which is undoubtedly a reference to her shape-shifting abilities. It also should be mentioned that she warmed up to Wade’s powers a little too quickly to be a normal human.
7. Dopinder The Improvisor
You probably know that the character of Dopinder was based, at least in name, on a friend of Ryan Reynolds who died young after being struck by lightning. What you may not know is that much of the conversation between Dopinder (Karan Soni) and Deadpool was improvised in the film. In fact, the entire last encounter between these two, when we learn that Bantu is being held captive in the cab’s trunk, that was entirely improvised. There were no scripted lines even written out. In regards to Dopinder, there was a bit of backlash about the apparent stereotyping of an Indian actor. In response to the criticism, Soni had this to say:
“I have worked a lot in America and have played all kinds of characters. In my TV show Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart, I play a news producer and there is nothing Indian about the character. This summer, I’ll be in the Ghostbusters movie where I play an American character. I did not feel like I was being stereotyped in Deadpool. In fact, I have never been cast as someone who speaks in Indian accent, so for me, playing Dopinder was different and I was really excited… and it was fun. But moving forward, if I get offered a role where I play another cab driver, I am not going to take that. That would be stereotyping.”
6. The X-Force Story Won’t Be Obvious
By now you probably know that Reynolds’s Deadpool will eventually be part of an X-Force film. This is the trend of everything superhero right now and not even Deadpool can avoid that. But the team behind Deadpool are going about this team story much differently than the others. In the Avengers, Justice League, The Defenders and whatever other teams are out there, most of the individual members have their own movies or TV shows. And, while each of individuals have their own storyline, there is a visible connective tissue running through each of them, a large story arc that reminds the audience that they are part of something larger. Well, the Deadpool team knows they need to introduce a future story for X-Force, but they won’t make it entirely obvious and rely on it like many of their competitors do. Here’s what Deadpool writer Paul Wernick had to say about it:
“Some of these movies feel overstuffed and almost choking with the need to set up eighteen different things that pay off down the road, and we want to avoid that responsibility to the extent that it hurts us. We want to hint at things, we want to plan some characters, and we want to make some nods, but we’re very, very cognizant about making sure that Deadpool is above all a Deadpool movie.”
5. Basic Cable
We know Cable is going to be in Deadpool 2. We don’t know the actor playing him yet. We know Cable is the mutant son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey. We know he was raised in the future because they had a cure. We know a lot more about Cable’s complicated storyline, but the writers behind Deadpool 2 are unlikely to go much further than that in fear of inundating the audience with unnecessary details.
“I think you’re going to see a little bit of simplification, is the only way to put it, because his background and his origin is so, so complex,” said Rhett Reese, one of the writers on the film. “I think we need to be careful not to just confuse the audience with over-complexity. I think sometimes you can get away with things in comics that, because you have the long-standing readership, because they’re willing to hang in there and see different facets of a situation… you just don’t have that luxury sometimes with a film audience. I think the way we simplified Deadpool’s origin story, we’ll likely do a similar thing with Cable. It’ll just be, not Cable for Dummies, but Cable in a streamlined, efficient, simpler representation.”
4. Playing With Dominos
We know that Cable is going to make an appearance in Deadpool 2, but there’s also been confirmation that Domino, a female who, like Deadpool, got her abilities as the result of government testing, will be involved in the film. In the comics, Domino and Deadpool cross paths frequently, both have a connection to Cable and both have been members of X-Force. There have been plenty of rumors about who will play Domino, but, as of now, no one has been named indefinitely. That being said, The Martian‘s Mackenzie Davis is apparently the frontrunner, even though she denies any confirmation. “No! It’s very interesting,” she said. “People keep sending me printouts being like, ‘This is so cool!’ And I’m like, ‘Right? I also think it’s cool! But it’s not true!’ I mean. I’d love to keep the ruse going. It’s sort of cool that people think I’m doing Deadpool. But no! I don’t have any news to share. I wish I did!” Other actresses rumored to be in contention for the role include Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ruby Rose.
3. Deadpool Might Find A Boyfriend
One of the big talking points about the comic book character Deadpool is his sexuality, call it omnisexual or pansexual. It’s one of those things that has made the character so refreshing for so many. It’s also a minor thing turned major for others. Still, people love talking about it, so it makes sense that it’s part of the Deadpool 2 discussion. When asked about the possibility of talking more about his sexuality in future films, Reynolds made it clear that it was something of interest to them. “What love is to Deadpool may not be what love is to Batman or someone else,” he said. “I think that could be played up more. He’s an outsider in every way, shape, and form.” Now before people start thinking about who should be cast as Deadpool’s boyfriend, just calm down. It’s likely that they will only mention or make a joke about his sexuality before actually displaying it on screen.
2. Deadpool Has Influenced Future X-Men Films
Actually, Deadpool has influenced all superhero movies, but we’ll just focus on what we know for sure already. Obviously, there’s the whole R-rating thing. Not only are Deadpool 2 and the future X-Force film going to be R-rated films, but the upcoming Logan film is also R-rated. But it goes deeper than that. The tone of Deadpool, the silly, self-awareness of the film will surely end up leaking into future Marvel films and beyond. Combine this with the fact that DC has struggled to make anything of its dark and gritty approach, outside of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and you might see all comic book films move toward this new tone. Now, Deadpool has a distinct advantage here because of his character makeup. Deadpool is far more self-aware than any other comic book character, so you won’t see complete copies, but don’t be surprised if there’s even more comedy and light-heartedness in the 35 or so superhero movies hitting the big screen in the next few years.
1. Deadpool Might Team Up With Wolverine
“That already happened!” You shut your mouth. The movie-that-shall-not-be-named doesn’t count. Still, it’s because of that previous travesty that Deadpool and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) need to team up. They need to right wrongs. Ryan Reynolds has been on board with the idea for a while now. “I want Deadpool and Wolverine in a movie together,” he said. “What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my Internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line.” He later went on to explain why he wants this team up so bad. “Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire, but I genuinely love the guy.”
When asked about the possibility of this happening now that Jackman is calling it quits with the character after Logan, one of the writers, Paul Wernick, said, “We’ve come a long way from 2009, when we couldn’t get the movie off the ground ’til now… It would be amazing to have Hugh resurrect Wolverine in the Deadpool universe, and again, Ryan’s making a hard push to make that happen, and hopefully the public gets behind it and we can all convince Hugh to put the claws on one more time.”