colossus deadpool movie

It’s not entirely clear just how Tim Miller‘s upcoming Deadpool movie will slide into the larger X-Men movie franchise, but at least it’s going to take advantage of its own universe to fill out the supporting cast. Ryan Reynolds‘ “merc with a mouth” will be joined by his fair share of obscure allies and enemies, with a supporting cast that includes mutant characters like Morena Baccarin‘s Copycat, Gina Carano‘s Angel Dust, and Brianna Hildebrand‘s Negasonic Teenage Warhead. However, it’s his slightly more famous co-star that has us intrigued, and it turns out that Piotr Rasputin, a.k.a. Colossus, may have more to do in this movie than originally thought. 

Find all of the Colossus Deadpool movie news you need, right after the jump.

The first time we saw Colossus on screen was in 2003’s X2, where the metal-skinned X-Man showed up for all of 30 seconds to show off his powers before vanishing for the rest of the movie. Daniel Cudmore played the character again in X-Men: The Last Stand, but you probably don’t remember what he did because that movie has a habit of evaporating moments after the credits roll. He also was one of the many heroes to pop up in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but we challenge you to name anything that he did in that movie.

In other words, it’s time for Colossus to get his big screen due, and it may be Deadpool of all things that gives it to him.

Tech Times caught up with new Colossus actor Andre Tricoteux (Cudmore turned down the opportunity to return) and grilled him for details. Although he doesn’t say much, Tricoteux implies that his role is more than a cameo, promising a richer take on the character:

I think you’re going to get to see more of who Colossus is. I think people will get a better sense of who he is. But I think there’s still a lot more to be told about him. Colossus had been around in the comics since the ’70s, so I mean, I think you could do your own movie on him.

You’ve got to love how he slips in the whole “Colossus can support his own movie!” bit. Well done, Mr. Tricoteux. If a character as dull as Gambit can get his own solo movie, then why not a Russian strongman with metal skin and a rad flattop haircut? Speaking of Russian, Tricoteux plays coy when he’s asked if he has the classic accent in the movie. And by “play coy,” we mean he really confirms it without confirming it:

I can’t give too much away. We kept it very traditional to the comic book. Actually, we kept it exactly like the comic book, so you could be able to derive your own conclusion from that.

We still don’t know exactly what Colossus will be doing in Deadpool. The trailer features him for approximately two shots, but one of those shots is dedicated to him punching Wade Wilson into the side of a car, which isn’t a bad introduction. The other X-Men movies are distinctly lacking in metallic Russians knocking Ryan Reynolds into automobiles.

Deadpool opens on February 12, 2016. For his oodles of fans, it’s about time. Hopefully, Colossus fans get something out of this thing, too.

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