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Whether or not Ryan Reynolds would return to play Deadpool in 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men spin-off has been a question burning in the minds of comic book fans for weeks now, but it seems as though that situation may have been resolved. How do we know? It's all thanks to a message that Reynolds posted on his personal Twitter feed.
While it only came with a four word message, it appears that Ryan Reynolds may have just confirmed he will be back as the titular Merc With The Mouth in 2016's Deadpool. You can check out his posting below:
For those of you who aren't 100% up to date on their Deadpool inside jokes, in the comics it has been repeatedly noted that chimichangas - a.k.a. deep fried burritos - are the character's favorite food. And, of course, the empty shell casings that make up the image of Deadpool's head are a reference to the fact that the guy is regularly packing plenty of heat and ammunition.
Some of you will remember (read: the people who haven't successfully blocked it out) that Ryan Reynolds first got the chance to play Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool in 2008's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Canadian comedian actually did a serviceable job in the role, as he equipped the character with the proper level of wit and humor, but unfortunately the film's script and production were a total let down to die hard fans. Not only did the film fail to give Reynolds a proper costume, but the end of the movie actually had the gall to remove the mouth from the Merc With The Mouth:
(It should be noted that's not actually Ryan Reynolds)
The good news is that Reynolds is actually a die hard Deadpool fan, and he has spent years trying to get a proper Deadpool movie made. He worked incredibly close with screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese when the script was first being written, and participated in shooting test footage that could be used to sell people on the film. Given all of his hard work and patience, it would have been rather terrible for 20th Century Fox to replace him, so it's nice that it looks like he will be the upcoming movie's star.
Deadpool is currently locked in for a February 12, 2016 release date with first time director Tim Miller at the helm. Production should actually start in the next few months, so stay tuned for more updates!