A few weeks ago, attendees at San Diego Comic-Con got a very special look at one of the most anticipated films of 2016: Tim Miller's Deadpool. The footage was violent, over-the-top, and extremely funny... but 20th Century Fox decided to not release it right away. Thankfully, the forthcoming release of Fantastic Four is changing that story, and now the first red band trailer for the film has arrived online!
In Deadpool, based on a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, an ex-special forces soldier who recieves the devastating news that cancer is eating away at his entire body. As a means of trying to stay alive and with the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Wilson accepts a deal from a shadowy organization and is given the opportunity to undergo an experimental program that will give him powers. Extreme powers. Unfortunately, Wade is ultimately made the subject of many painful and horrific scientific procedures - and the outcome is that he becomes a scar tissue-covered, super healing, completely crazy mercenary named Deadpool.
In Marvel Comics, the beloved character carries the nickname The Merc With The Mouth, and you can understand why from the above clip… which also proves exactly why Fox’s Deadpool earned its hard-R rating. In addition to the steady stream of vicious curses, the violence in the Deadpool reel is pretty damn over the top, and there’s even a little bit of sex thrown in as well. Of course, if you’re not old enough for that kind of material, you can just watch the standard green band trailer below instead (which is an alternate cut and does feature some different footage:
The year 2016 is going to be jam-packed with superhero movies, including Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, and Gambit, but Deadpool looks like a completely different comic book movie, and one that could be a hell of a lot of fun. Production on the feature wrapped a couple months ago, and the film is now deep in post-production, but it won’t be long before the final cut is delivered to theaters on February 12, 2016.
What did you think of the trailer? Are you totally pumped, or are you disappointed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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