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A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.
Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, it is a spin-off in the X-Men film series and the eighth installment overall. Directed by Tim Miller from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role alongside Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, and Brianna Hildebrand. In the film, Wade Wilson hunts the man who gave him mutant abilities and a scarred physical appearance, becoming the antihero Deadpool.
Development of a Deadpool film starring Reynolds began in February 2004, before he played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Reese and Wernick were hired for a spinoff in 2010 and worked with Reynolds to adapt the character more faithfully (including his fourth wall breaking) after the portrayal in Wolverine was criticized. Miller was hired in 2011, marking his directorial debut.
An enthusiastic response to leaked test footage he created with Reynolds led to a green-light from Fox in 2014. Additional casting began in early 2015, and filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from March to May of that year. Several vendors provided visual effects for the film, ranging from the addition of blood and gore to the creation of the CG character Colossus.
Deadpool was released in the United States on February 12, 2016, after an unconventional marketing campaign. The film achieved both financial and critical success. It earned over $782 million against a $58 million budget, becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2016 and breaking numerous records, including highest-grossing 20th Century Fox X-Men film of the year and also the highest-grossing R-rated film at the time.
Critics praised Reynolds’ performance, the film’s style and faithfulness to the comics, along with its action sequences, though some criticized the plot as formulaic and were divided on the film’s adult humor. It received many awards and nominations, including two Critics’ Choice Awards and two Golden Globe nominations. A sequel, Deadpool 2, was released in 2018 to comparable critical and commercial success. Following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, a third film is in development at Marvel Studios.
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Wade and Vanessa seem to be charting a course to Happily Ever After when Wilson is diagnosed with late-stage cancer. A mysterious recruiter (Jed Rees) offers Wilson a deal: submit to the testing of the Weapon X program (which created Wolverine), and save your life. Wilson is experimented on by Ajax (and his partner in villainy named Angel Dust, played by Gina Carano) and becomes a mutant, blessed by enhanced fighting and regenerative powers.
When Ajax leaves him in a burning building, Deadpool spends the next year training to hunt him down and kill him. Two X-Men—Colossus (a motion-captured performance by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)—try to intervene to keep the delicate balance between mutants and humanity from getting too violent, and end up fighting alongside Deadpool.
Debut director Tim Miller’s background in animation—he also did the amazing title sequence for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”—makes “Deadpool” a highly energetic flick, but to say the piece is lacking in depth would be an understatement. It’s almost purposefully shallow, regularly commenting on both its existence and that of other films within the superhero universe (when Deadpool is being taken back to the X-Men mansion to meet with Professor X, he asks “McAvoy or Stewart?” and jokes about how many times it has been blown up).
There’s a difference, however, between referencing a genre and truly satirizing, and the writers of “Deadpool” are too often satisfied with the former instead of the latter. At times, “Deadpool” plays like a “Scary Movie” version of an “X-Men” flick, which is inherent in the comic book but less satisfying when stretched out to feature length.
Thank God for Reynolds. Baccarin is well-cast and I generally like Miller (especially on “Silicon Valley”), but “Deadpool” is owned front-to-back by Reynolds, who famously fought to play this character. He jumps into the role with everything he’s got, providing an energy that’s often missing from superhero flicks, and he makes even the lamest jokes more tolerable. I just wish the rest of “Deadpool” knew what to do with him.
Deadpool (2016) Credits
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle / Copycat
T.J. Miller as Weasel
Ed Skrein as Ajax
Gina Carano as Angel Dust
Brianna Hildebrand as Ellie Phimister / Negasonic Teenage Warrior
Andre Tricoteux as Piotr Rasputin / Colossus
Jed Rees as The Recruiter
Leslie Uggams as Blind Al
Karan Soni as Dopinder
- Tim Miller
- Rob Liefeld
- Fabian Nicieza
- Rhett Reese
- Paul Wernick
- Ken Seng
- Julian Clarke
- Junkie XL
Deadpool (2016) Plot
Wade Wilson is a dishonorably discharged special forces operative working as a mercenary when he meets Vanessa, a prostitute. They become romantically involved, and a year later she accepts his marriage proposal. Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, however, and he leaves Vanessa without warning so she will not have to watch him die.
A mysterious recruiter approaches Wilson, offering an experimental cure for his cancer. He is taken to Ajax and Angel Dust, who inject him with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes. They subject Wilson to days of torture to induce stress and trigger any mutation he may have, without success.
When Wilson discovers Ajax’s real name is Francis and mocks him for it, Ajax leaves Wilson in a hypobaric chamber that periodically takes him to the verge of asphyxiation over a weekend. This finally activates a superhuman healing ability that counteracts the cancer but leaves Wilson severely disfigured with burn-like scars over his entire body. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wilson and leaves him for dead in the now-burning laboratory.
Wilson survives and seeks out Vanessa. He does not reveal to her he is alive fearing her reaction to his new appearance. After consulting with his best friend Weasel, Wilson decides to hunt down Ajax for the cure. He becomes a masked vigilante, adopting the name “Deadpool” (from Weasel picking him in a dead pool), and moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al.
He questions and murders many of Ajax’s men until one, the recruiter, reveals Ajax’s whereabouts. Deadpool intercepts Ajax and a convoy of armed men on an expressway. He kills all the armed men but Ajax and demands the cure from him, but the X-Man Colossus and his trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead interrupt him. Colossus wants Deadpool to mend his ways and join the X-Men. Taking advantage of this distraction, Ajax escapes. He goes to Weasel’s bar where he learns of Vanessa.
Ajax kidnaps Vanessa and takes her to a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard. Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him. They battle Angel Dust and several soldiers while Deadpool fights his way to Ajax. During the battle, Negasonic accidentally destroys the equipment stabilizing the helicarrier.
Deadpool protects Vanessa from the collapsing ship, while Colossus carries Negasonic and Angel Dust to safety. Ajax attacks Deadpool again but is overpowered. He reveals there is no cure after all and, despite Colossus’s pleading, Deadpool kills him. He promises to try to be more heroic moving forward. Though Vanessa is angry with Wilson for leaving her, she reconciles with him.
Deadpool (2016) Box office
Deadpool grossed $363.1 million in the United States and Canada and $420 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $783.1 million, against a budget of $58 million. It broke numerous records with its opening weekend gross across the world, and went on to become the highest-grossing X-Men film, as well as the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2016.
Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $322 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film, making it the second-most profitable release of 2016. When discussing potential reasons for the film’s surprise success, the site highlighted its marketing campaign. It also became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, dethroning The Matrix Reloaded.
At the end of January 2016, the film was projected to earn $55–60 million over its opening weekend in the United States and Canada. Fox’s rivals projected the film to earn closer to $80 million. It ultimately opened at No. 1, making $132.4 million for the weekend, and $152.2 million over the long Presidents’ Day weekend. Trying to explain this surprise, Fox’s domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said “it’s hard to comp and predict. You’re doing something that’s never been done.
It’s like you throw the rulebook out the window.” The weekend included $12.7 million from Thursday preview showings on February 11, $47.5 million on its opening day, $42.5 million on February 13, and $42.6 million on February 14, as well as $19.8 million on February 15 to end the long weekend. These were all day-of-the-week records for R-rated films and days in February for Thursday through Monday. $16.8 million of this came from IMAX screens, a record opening weekend for R-rated films and February releases in that format.
Deadpool also took Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith‘s record for having the biggest opening weekend for any 20th Century Fox film. The film earned an additional $55 million in its second weekend. This kept it at No. 1, and made it the fastest R-rated film to cross $200 million, doing so in nine days. It became the highest-grossing X-Men film and R-rated comic book superhero film the next day.
It remained in the No. 1 position for its third week, but fell behind Zootopia and London Has Fallen the following week. Deadpool‘s domestic run ended on June 17, after 126 days, with $363.1 million. This was shortly after it became the highest-grossing R-rated film worldwide. The film’s U.S. audience, across its whole run, was 59% white, 21% Hispanic, 12% African-American, and 8% Asian. It was also 62% male, and had an average age of 35.
The film was released in 80 markets around the world, many of them in its first week. This included the United Kingdom, France, and Australia on its first day, February 9, where it was the No. 1 film and broke several records. The film also opened well in Asian countries, notably Taiwan—where Reynolds had traveled for promotion and made the “central hub” of South East Asia for the film—and Hong Kong, where the film had the biggest Chinese New Year single day ever.
It went on to gross $132.2 million for its international opening weekend, which included $9 million from IMAX showings breaking opening weekend records for February releases and R-rated films in that format in several markets. It was the No. 1 film in all markets where it was released over the weekend, except Poland and Malaysia where it was No. 2 behind local films Planet Single and The Mermaid, respectively.
The film broke the record for biggest opening weekend in Russia and Thailand, and set records for biggest R-rated film and February opening weekends in several other markets. It remained No. 1 for the international box office in its second weekend, making an additional $84.7 million from 77 markets.
The film made No. 1 debuts in 17 new countries, including Korea, Spain, and Italy, and maintained its No. 1 position in countries like the UK, Germany, and Brazil. Its South East Asia performance was compared favorably to bigger superhero films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (both 2014). Deadpool was No. 1 for a third consecutive weekend, before falling to No. 3 behind Ip Man 3 and Zootopia in its fourth.
Deadpool opened in its final market, Japan, in June, and was the No. 1 film there, with a $6.5 million opening weekend.
Deadpool (2016) Critical Response
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 348 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining—and decidedly non-family-friendly—results.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale. PostTrak reported an average positive score of 97%, with 45% of filmgoers saying the film exceeded their expectations.
Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post scored Deadpool three-and-a-half out of four, calling it a “voraciously self-aware comedy” and the first R-rated Marvel film “with real teeth”. He praised the film’s attitude and tone, Reynolds for making Deadpool a likeable character and the film’s action scenes.
TheWrap‘s Alonso Duralde said Deadpool “shouldn’t work, but it absolutely does”, feeling that it successfully balanced comedy with superhero action, and that the chemistry between Reynolds and Baccarin gave enough weight to the plot to support the tone and violence. Calvin Wilson at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also gave the film three-and-a-half out of four, saying it was “smart, sexy, and outrageous”, but that it would not work without Reynolds. The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw gave the film four out of five calling it “neurotic and needy—and very entertaining”, comparing it to Kick-Ass (2010) and Kill Bill (2003). He did feel the film’s villains were underused.
Writing for Uproxx, Drew McWeeny described it as “the world’s most violent and vulgar Bugs Bunny cartoon”, and praised the film’s unconventional plot structure, its personal stakes, the difference in tone and storytelling from other superhero films, and the cast. Variety‘s Justin Chang said the film is “terribly arch and juvenile [but] also startlingly effective”, praising Reynolds’ performance (and the film’s willingness to hide his looks under prosthetics), the script, and director Miller for staying “out of the way of his script and his star”.
Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter felt the film took a while to get going, “but once it does, Deadpool drops trou to reveal itself as a really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos”.
Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers said the film “goes on too long and repetition dulls its initial cleverness”, but the “junky feel is part of its charm”. He praised the cast, particularly Reynolds as well as Tim Miller’s action sequences. At The Boston Globe, Tom Russo gave the film three stars. He criticized the “featherweight” plot, but said that there is enough humor to support it, and that Reynolds was “born to play” Deadpool.
Chris Nashawaty graded the film a ‘B’ for Entertainment Weekly, saying it “doesn’t have the most adrenalized action sequences or the deepest origin story” but makes up for that with R-rated fun. Nashawaty felt Reynolds was the perfect star for the film and is “a blast of laughing gas in a genre that tends to take itself way too seriously”. Tasha Robinson at The Verge felt there was too much juvenile humor. She noted the film did not make homophobic, racist, or sexist jokes, and that its overall tone remained joyous despite the material.
David Edelstein of Vulture said the film’s jokes save it from a lack of subtext and strong villains and noted the “gratifyingly twisty” structure. Manohla Dargis at The New York Times was not impressed with the listing of the film’s genre cliches in the opening credits before they were used.
She highlighted the “human” elements in the film and the moments where Reynolds and Tim Miller did “more than hit the same bombastic notes over and over again”. IndieWire‘s Kate Erbland gave the film a ‘B−’, praising its style, and Reynolds’ Deadpool for breaking the superhero mold, but criticizing the overall film for following genre conventions and focusing on “numbing” violence and un-original swearing and nudity.
Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan said that Deadpool “gets off to a fun start” but the character “eventually wears out his welcome”. He noted that though the film has a complicated narrative, it is masking a conventional Marvel origin story. Turan did highlight the film’s romantic element and Baccarin’s performance. Jonathon Pile of Empire gave the film three out of five, saying the number of jokes “will soon numb you to their impact”. He called the film a fun alternative to other superhero films.
Robbie Collin at The Daily Telegraph also gave the film three out of five, saying it is not “the future of superhero movies”, calling it “an enjoyably obnoxious detour”. He felt some of the film’s jokes about superhero cliches were out of date by the time the film was released. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Mick LaSalle did not appreciate the humor, fourth wall breaking, or violence. He concluded the film is “bad, borderline garbage, but disturbing, too, in that it’s just the kind of fake-clever awfulness that might be cinema’s future”.
Deadpool (2016) Accolades
Deadpool has received many awards and nominations, recognizing the film as a whole, as well as: the cast’s performance, particularly Reynolds as Deadpool; several technical areas, including the film’s makeup, sound, and visual effects; and the film’s unconventional marketing campaign.
It was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, four Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (winning two), a Directors Guild of America Award, five Empire Awards, seven Golden Trailer Awards (winning two), a Hugo Award, two Key Art Awards for marketing (winning both), eight MTV Movie Awards (winning two), a Producers Guild of America Award, four People’s Choice Awards (winning two), three Saturn Awards (winning one), six Teen Choice Awards (winning two) and a Writers Guild of America Award.
After being nominated for awards such as the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and Writers Guild of America, Deadpool was considered a serious contender by commentators for several Academy Awards, despite its content and tone. This included potential nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and after its Producers Guild of America nomination, Best Picture.
When the film did not receive any Academy Award nominations, it was widely considered to have been “snubbed”. Analyzing potential reasons for this, Screen Rant’s Alex Leadbeater said that while the film “earned a solid thumbs up from most”, it was generally not praised by top critics for offering any “depth or related subversion of its genre”.
He also noted an apparent bias that Academy voters have against superhero films; the lack of a targeted campaign for the awards by Fox, who did not seem to be expecting any of the film’s previous awards either; and the number of other films in contention, as “2016 was, all in all, a pretty good year for movies”. A variant cover for Marvel Comics’ X-Men Gold #1, with art by Ron Lim and released in April 2017, references Deadpool‘s Oscar snub.
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