Deadpool (Wade Winston Wilson) is a fictional character, a mercenary and anti-hero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer and artist Rob Liefeld and scripted by Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool first appeared in New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991).
A disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary, Deadpool originally appeared as a villain in an issue of New Mutants, and later in issues of X-Force. The character has since starred in several ongoing series, and shares titles with other characters such as Cable. Also known as the "Merc with a Mouth," Deadpool is famous for his talkative nature and his tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect.
Deadpool was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and will appear in his own feature film set to be released on February 12, 2016 also starring Ryan Reynolds.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The film is a prequel and a spin-off focusing on the character Wolverine and his relationship with his half-brother Victor Creed, as well his time with Stryker's Team X, before and shortly after his skeleton was bonded with the indestructible metal adamantium.
David Benioff was hired to write the screenplay for the spin-off film Wolverine in October 2004. Hugh Jackman became producer as well as star, and worked with Benioff on the script. Ratner was negotiated by the studio to take the helm of Wolverine after directing X-Men: The Last Stand, but no agreement was made. In July 2007, Gavin Hood was hired as director. Principal photography began in January 2008 in Queenstown, New Zealand and ended in May. The film was released on May 1, 2009.
In May 2000, Marvel Studios attempted to produce a Deadpool film as part of a long-term distribution agreement with Artisan Entertainment. The project would have been one of Marvel's first major independent releases as an equity owner, whereby it contributes characters and creative support in exchange for a financial stake in the negative cost of the film. However, by 2004, Marvel was developing the film with New Line Cinema. David S. Goyer was set to write and direct and courted actor Ryan Reynolds for the lead role, but lost interest within months in favor of other projects. 20th Century Fox acquired Deadpool the following year after New Line placed it in turnaround, and was still considering the spin-off early in the development of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Reynolds being cast for the role.
Wade Wilson is one of the antagonists of the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds. He is a highly skilled, wisecracking but greatly amoral mercenary who wields a pair of katanas with superhuman speed and skill sufficient to deflect fully automatic weapons fire. He is supposedly killed by Victor Creed, but is later revealed to have been transformed by Colonel William Stryker into mutant killer "Weapon XI" (stunts performed by Scott Adkins) who possesses other mutants' powers, including Scott Summers' optic blasts, John Wraith's teleportation, Wolverine's healing factor, and a pair of extendable blades resembling Wilson's prized swords; Stryker is able to completely control him thanks to Chris Bradley's technopathy. He is referred to by Stryker as the 'Deadpool' because the compatible powers of the other mutants have been 'pooled' together into one being. Wolverine and Victor fight Deadpool in the film's climax and manage to defeat him by decapitating him and sending him falling into a cooling tower of a nuclear power plant, although a post-credits scene appearing in DVD releases and some theatrical presentations of the film implies Deadpool is still alive.
Hulk vs Wolverine (2009)
Deadpool appears in the animated film Hulk Vs Wolverine, voiced by Nolan North. Deadpool acts as one of Professor Thorton's military strike team Team X (Lady Deathstrike, Omega Red and Sabretooth) in the Weapon X program, seeking to capture Wolverine and the Hulk in order to brainwash them and convert them into the ultimate weapons. Deadpool frequently annoys his teammates with his wisecracks.
Deadpool is an upcoming American superhero film based on the eponymous Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the eighth installment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, and Leslie Uggams. In Deadpool, after being subjected to an experiment which leaves him with new abilities, Wade Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
After the opening weekend success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in May 2009, Fox announced that it was lending Deadpool out to writers with Donner acting as a producer. Donner stated that Deadpool will have the attributes that the character has in the comics, such as breaking the fourth wall. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to write the script in January 2010. Robert Rodriguez was sent an early draft of the screenplay the following June, but did not pursue it, and Adam Berg emerged as a top contender to direct. In April 2011, visual effects specialist Tim Miller was hired as director. Principal photography is scheduled to commence in March 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, for a February 12, 2016 release.
A spin-off of the X-Men film series starring Deadpool is in development with Reynolds attached to reprise his role. According to Empire, a script is in development, and Deadpool will "break the fourth wall" during the film. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been attached to write the script for the film. On April 8, 2011, VFX artist Tim Miller was hired to make his directing debut. Originally the film was set to be rated PG-13, but the rating was later reconsidered to an R-rating with the possible addition of gore. In October 2013, Reynolds and Miller said that the film is close to being green-lit.
On July 28, 2014, a VFX test footage for the film was leaked on the internet through social news sites and movie blogs. The test footage features the voice of Reynolds. However, it was discovered that the footage was from 2012, when Miller was developing the project. On July 29, the test footage was officially released online by Blur Studio, the company who created the test footage. On September 18, 2014, after hearing positive feedback from the leaked footage, Fox officially announced that the film had been given the green light for a February 12, 2016 release date and is part of the X-Men film series.
On December 4, 2014 it was confirmed that Ryan Reynolds would reprise his role for the film, with filming starting in March 2015. On February 13, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Gina Carano is cast in the role of Angel Dust and T. J. Miller in an unnamed role.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse is an upcoming American superhero film based on the X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is intended to be the sequel to 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past and the ninth installment in the X-Men film series. Directed by Bryan Singer, with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story conceived by Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty, Kinberg, and Singer, the film features an ensemble cast starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy and Lana Condor. In X-Men: Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse, awakened after thousands of years who is disillusioned with the world, recruits a team of powerful mutants to cleanse humanity and create a new world order. Raven, along with Professor X must lead the X-Men to stop Apocalypse.
The film was announced by Singer in December 2013 with Kinberg, Dougherty and Harris attached to develop the story. Casting began in October 2014 while principal photography commenced in April 2015 in Montreal, Canada and ended in August of the same year. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016, in North America in 3D and 2D.
In October 2014, Josh Zetumer was hired to write the screenplay for Gambit based from the treatment of comic-book writer Chris Claremont, with Channing Tatum attached to play the lead role. Donner, Kinberg, Tatum and Reid Carolin are attached as producers. It is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2016.
In July 2013, 20th Century Fox hired Jeff Wadlow to write the script for the X-Men spin-off comic-book series X-Force. Lauren Shuler Donner is attached to produce. Creative consultant for 20th Century Fox's Marvel Comics based films, Mark Millar stated that the film will feature five characters as protagonists. In December 2013, comic-book writer/artist Rob Liefeld confirmed that Cable and Deadpool would appear.
The New Mutants
In May 2015, filmmaker Josh Boone was hired to direct and write a film adaptation of The New Mutants. Acting as a spin-off to the X-Men film series, Boone will co-write the screenplay with Knate Gwaltney while Donner and Kinberg are attached to produce the film.