Deadpool Sequel

After years of waiting, Deadpool is finally opening in theaters, and so far most critics agree the wait was worth it. The Marvel character was once looked upon as an underdog, struggling to get his own movie made, but now the 20th Century Fox project, after plenty of clever marketing, is tracking to open big this weekend. Feeling confident, the studio already has a Deadpool sequel in the works.

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x-force movie

One of the downsides to most of the X-Men movies so far has been the has been the focus on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Sure, Jackman’s take on the adamantium-clawed mutant superhero is one of those vital foundational blocks upon which the entire comic book movie genre has been built, but it’s been a little suffocating. With the exception of X-Men: First Class, most of the films in the series have been Wolverine movies that also happen to feature some other X-Men. His solo films have been a little redundant. 20th Century Fox’s insistence on focusing on one character while avoiding the vast X-Men corner of the Marvel universe and its deep, wild bench of characters has been frustrating.

But with Deadpool about to storm the box office gates this weekend, that looks like it’s about change… and Ryan Reynolds is already talking about an X-Force movie, a project that has seemingly been on life support for a few years.

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Deadpool Script

The Deadpool embargo is no longer, and the R-rated 20th Century Fox project has garnered mostly enthusiastic reviews. The film is both a conventional and unconventional superhero movie. When its tropes are familiar, it’s still plenty of fun, but it’s the unexpected sweetness and the honest relationship that makes Deadpool stand out amongst the herd. Tim Miller‘s film finds spectacle in character, not so much massive set pieces.

While I was interviewing Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it became clear the budget restraints are actually the reason why audiences are seeing a genuine Deadpool movie in theaters this weekend. Read what they had to say below.

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DEADPOOL

It took seven years, thousands of noisy fans, an unusually persistent leading man, and some fortunately leaked footage to get Deadpool from his inauspicious big-screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his own solo feature. Based on the marketing, it’s already pretty clear that this latest iteration of the Merc with a Mouth is much more faithful to the spirit of the comics than the last one was. But does that make him worth all the time, money, blood, sweat, and tears that have been poured into this film?

The first Deadpool reviews hit the web over the weekend, and you long-suffering fans can breathe a sigh of relief. While his gleefully profane, unapologetically juvenile sense of humor hasn’t proved to be everyone’s cup of tea, by and large the critics are digging this R-rated take on the superhero genre. We’ll have much, much more to say about the film in the comic days and weeks, but in the meantime, see a Deadpool review roundup after the jump. Read More »

deadpool post-credits scenes

Of course Deadpool is going to have a post-credits scene. Did you think a movie that sets out to riff on every aspect of the average superhero film wasn’t going to take advantage of something that’s becoming just plain expected from every other comic book movie under the sun? The mostly positive early reviews have already indicated that this is a movie that tries to squeeze in as many jokes per minute as humanly possible, so why not take advantage of the end credits, a.k.a. more Joke Time?

But here’s the truth: Deadpool wouldn’t really be making fun of Marvel’s patented “insert more footage throughout the credits to keep ’em wanting more” approach unless it had two bonus scenes. So it does.

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Watch All of the 2016 Super Bowl Movie Trailers

Jason Bourne

Super Bowl spots never come cheap, but this year they cost more than ever: up to $5 million for a 30-second spot, according to reports. Which means the studios have to bring it to make sure that steep price tag is worth it — and bring it they did.

This year’s batch included our very first peek at the newly titled Jason Bourne, another look inside the mysterious 10 Cloverfield Lane, a glimpse of Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, some clever not-quite promos for Batman v Superman, plus trailers for Independence Day: ResurgenceX-Men: Apocalypse, and much more. Watch all the 2016 Super Bowl movie trailers after the jump. Read More »

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Deadpool red-band trailer

There’s just under a week to go until Deadpool hits theaters, and that’s enough time for one last, big marketing push from 20th Century Fox. Star Ryan Reynolds and his colleagues were reportedly all over the Bay Area this weekend, handing out chimichangas and taking over a local bar, and their big weekend culminated today in an appropriately irreverent Deadpool Super Bowl spot. The big game may be sacred territory for much of America, but nothing is off-limits for the Merc with a Mouth. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

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How long is the Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl spot? Is there a chance we’ll ever see Deadpool vs Wolverine in the movies again? How big are the roles of the other Justice League members in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Moon

Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick worked on Deadpool for over five years, and the very R-rated superhero picture finally opens in theaters next week. We can’t say what we think of the film yet, but the early buzz suggests the wait was worth it.

Deadpool hasn’t been the only project to take its sweet time getting to the big screen for Rheese and Wernick, though. Back in 2009, we reported on a rather inspired and wild idea of theirs, Earth vs. Moon. According to the screenwriters, not much has happened with the project since we first heard about it.

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