Big-budget superhero blockbusters have all but saturated the market in recent years – with a proven ability to pull in the big bucks, studios are often over eager to release new franchises.
Perhaps it’s odd then to discover that Deadpool has been almost 11 years in the making, with franchise visionary and star Ryan Reynolds battling relentlessly with Marvel to bring the character’s story to life.
Over a decade on and Deadpool has quickly become one of Marvel’s most successful new franchises, having already taken in over $300 million worldwideand gaining a hardcore fanbase hungry for more from the fourth-mouthed anti-hero.
But how good is it?
Well not to jump on the already overcrowded bandwagon, but Deadpool is a easily one of the greatest, visionary works of art to emerge from the superhero genre since Iron Man back in 2008.
Fans of Marvel and particularly the X-Men franchise, will know the character of Wade Wilson (Deadpool later on) when he first appeared in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine alongside Hugh Jackman.
Now in his own origins story, Deadpool follows former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
It’s almost impossible to review Deadpool considering how it purposefully goes against all cinematic rules but the best conclusion I can come to is go see it! Funny, incredible intelligent, rule breaker… it’s safe to Ryan Reynolds has redeemed himself for the flop that was Green Lantern better than anyone could have expected.
Definitely one of the surprise hits of the year so far!