ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Ryan Reynolds chats about Deadpool and Jesse Eisenberg explains his Lex Luthor.
With the X-Men timeline effectively reset following the events in Days of Future Past, and with Gambit and Deadpool movies on the way, 20th Century Fox’s version of the MCU is now open to more interesting possibilities. Writer and producer Simon Kinberg has previously hinted at crossover possibilities within the mutant cinematic universe, but his latest statements suggest that the idea has moved from hypothetical to legitimate plan.
The tide of Deadpool images and promotional materials has slowed down to a bit of a trickle, which may be a good thing considering that the film doesn’t even hit theaters until February — and we’ve already seen so, so much from it. But 20th Century Fox has released a new, very cool image today, featuring the Merc With a Mouth flying through the air like an action hero badass.
Though Ajax (Ed Skrien) is the villain in Deadpool, he doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other superhero movies. He’s not Ultron or Dr. Doom or Green Goblin or Joker or even Apocalypse. He’s, frankly, a character most audiences won’t know. While this movie might have a largely unrecognizable villain, expect that to change in Deadpool 2 as a major Marvel character will be facing off against the Merc With a Mouth.
Ryan Reynolds dropped by Conan tonight to debut the red band trailer for Deadpool — because if you’re going to give Deadpool a proper introduction, you’re going to do so with a respectable amount of violence and profanity. After months of promising an R-rated, faithful adaptation of beloved comic book character, Reynolds seems to be delivering.
We normally like to steer clear of the “trailer for a trailer” phenomena that results in photos of a 6-second Instagram video of a 15-second YouTube video teaser of an actual trailer. It’s a toxic fad in the world of movie promotion and one we hope goes away quickly, but we couldn’t resist sharing this trailer for a trailer for Deadpool. For one, it’s almost a minute long, and for another, it’s just funny.
Although 20th Century Fox never released the Deadpool footage screened at Comic-Con, Ryan Reynolds assured fans that we’d see the first footage in a few weeks. And now we know exactly when and where we’ll get to see that footage, as not one, but two official Deadpool trailers will drop next week.
The upcoming Deadpool film promises to be unlike any comic book movie we’ve seen before. There’s a reason it took well over a decade into the superhero movie boom for this character to make a proper jump to the big screen – he’s totally weird and unconventional and begs for an R-rating. So consider these new images from the film a reminder that yes, a Deadpool movie is actually coming out next year and yes, a major motion picture has found a supporting role for an obscure character named Negasonic Teenage Warhead. 2015 is weird.
During Comic-Con, we got a peek at non-Deadpool characters from Deadpool via the film’s cast on Twitter. If you were hoping to see larger, better, more official versions of those photos — you’re in luck. 20th Century Fox has released a batch of high-res photos featuring the Merc With a Mouth and his supporting cast.
If you were hoping that the kind, generous souls at 20th Century Fox might officially release that Deadpool footage from Comic-Con, you should probably keep holding your breath. But we do have some good news: the first official Deadpool trailer will arrive in three weeks, according to Ryan Reynolds.