Deadpool (2016 Movies)
Wade Wilson is a dishonorably discharged special forces operative working as a mercenary in New York City when he meets escort Vanessa. They become romantically involved, and a year later she accepts his marriage proposal. However, after Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he leaves Vanessa without warning so she will not have to watch him die.
A mysterious recruiter approaches Wilson, offering an experimental cure for his cancer. He is taken to Ajax and Angel Dust, who inject him with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes. They then subject him to days of torture to induce stress to trigger any mutation Wade may have, but without success. Wilson discovers Ajax’s real name, Francis, and mocks him for it. In response, Ajax leaves Wilson in a hyperbaric chamber that takes him to the verge of asphyxiation periodically over a weekend. It finally activates a superhuman healing ability that cures his cancer, but leaves him severely disfigured with burn-like scars over his entire body. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax, but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wilson and leaves him for dead in the burning laboratory.
Wilson survives and seeks out Vanessa, but then does not reveal he is alive, afraid of how she would react to his new appearance. After consulting his best friend Weasel, Wilson decides to hunt down Ajax for the cure. He becomes a masked vigilante, adopting the name “Deadpool” (from Weasel picking him in a dead pool), and moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al. Deadpool questions and murders many of Ajax’s men until one, the recruiter, reveals Ajax’s whereabouts. Deadpool intercepts Ajax and a convoy of armed men on an expressway, killing everyone but Ajax. He demands the cure, but is interrupted by the X-Man Colossus and his trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Colossus wants Deadpool to mend his ways and join the X-Men. Taking advantage of the distraction, Ajax escapes. He goes to Weasel’s bar and learns of Vanessa.
Ajax kidnaps her and takes her to a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard. Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him rescue Vanessa. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel and several soldiers, Deadpool fights his way to Ajax. During the battle, Negasonic accidentally destroys the equipment stabilizing the helicarrier. Deadpool protects Vanessa from the falling ship, while Colossus carries Negasonic and Angel to safety. Ajax attacks Deadpool again, but reveals that there is no cure after Deadpool overpowers him. Despite Colossus’s pleading, Deadpool kills Ajax, though he promises to try and be more heroic moving forward. Though Vanessa is angry at Wilson for leaving her, she reconciles with him.
- Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool:
A wisecracking mercenary with accelerated healing but severe scarring over his body after undergoing an experimental mutation. The writers described Deadpool as “fun to hang out with … in short doses”, while Reynolds promised a more “authentic” and comic-faithful version of the character than the one he portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The character is aware that he is in a film after becoming Deadpool, though before that point Wilson does make a joke about Reynolds’ role in Green Lantern.
- Morena Baccarin as Vanessa:
An escort and Wilson’s fiance. Baccarin described her as “scrappy” and not a damsel in distress. The character was initially designed as a “typical prostitute”, but Baccarin worked with the costume and makeup teams to make her appearance more layered. The film does not explore the character’s comic alter-ego “Copycat” as the writers wanted to focus on Deadpool, but makeup designer Bill Corso included some references to Copycat’s blue comic appearance.
- Ed Skrein as Francis Freeman / Ajax:
An artificially-mutated member of the program that creates Deadpool, he feels no pain and has enhanced strength. Director Tim Miller praised Skrein’s dedication to the role, saying “he worked really, really hard” for the fight sequences and completed around 80 percent of his own stunts in the film. Skrein was influenced by Rutger Hauer‘s Roy Batty from Blade Runner, and serial killer Harold Shipman.
- T. J. Miller as Weasel:
Wilson’s best friend. Miller felt he was cast as the character because he “looks like his superhero power is spilling mustard on his shirt”, and producer Simon Kinberg added that an actor was needed “who could keep up with” Reynolds comedically. Miller attempted to give the character a facial tic, but director Tim Miller rejected the idea.
- Gina Carano as Angel Dust:
An artificially-mutated member of the program that creates Deadpool, she has superhuman strength and speed. Director Miller personally called Carano and asked her to take the part. Carano felt the character’s rage and “extreme adrenaline issues” made comparisons to the drug “angel dust” fitting. Carano had wanted to wear yellow contact lenses to match the character’s look from the comics, but Corso turned her down, comparing them to something from the Twilight films.
- Leslie Uggams as Blind Al:
An elderly blind woman and Deadpool’s roommate. Uggams said that Al has “been through British Intelligence, she’s done all kinds of wild and crazy things … she’s old, but she’s feisty.” Uggams added that Al has a “love/hate” relationship with Deadpool.
- Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead:
A teenage X-Men trainee, who possesses the mutant power to detonate atomic bursts from her body. The filmmakers wanted to use the character based on her name, and looked to change her comic abilities from telepathic and precognitive powers to “a literal warhead”. They required permission from Marvel to do this, with Tim Miller talking directly with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. A deal was reached allowing the change in exchange for 20th Century Fox giving Marvel Studios the film rights for Ego the Living Planet, whom they wanted to use in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus:
An X-Man with the mutant ability to transform his entire body into organic steel. Writer Rhett Reese called him “a great foil to Deadpool because he’s very self-serious and goody- two-shoes”. Director Miller drastically changed the character from his previous film appearances, where he was portrayed by Daniel Cudmore, as Miller felt “‘That dude with the shiny skin is not fucking Colossus.'” He wanted the character to be seven-and-a-half feet tall, with Andre Tricoteux standing in for a CG version of Colossus on set, and Kapičić cast to give him the “authentic Russian accent” he has in the comics.
Director:- Tim Miller
Based on:- Deadpool
- Ryan Reynolds
- Morena Baccarin
- Ed Skrein
- T. J. Miller
- Gina Carano
- Leslie Uggams
- Brianna Hildebrand
- Stefan Kapičić
Music by:- Tom Holkenborg
- February 8, 2016 (Le Grand Rex)
- February 12, 2016 (United States)
Country:- United States
Budget:- $58 Million
Box office:- $783.1 Million
Visual effects for Deadpool were produced by Digital Domain (DD), Atomic Fiction, Blur Studio, Weta Digital, Rodeo FX, and Luma Pictures. Reynolds credited Miller and his visual effects experience with producing a film that looked liked others with much bigger budgets. Motion capture supervisor Greg LaSalle agreed with this, noting that Miller held off on working on the CGI for Colossus until after the film was edited to avoid spending money on shots that would not be used. Miller worked with visual effects supervisor Rothbart to design and complete the film’s 1500 effects shots. These were up from a planned 700 shots, with 800 of them completed in the last four weeks of production.
Colossus’s movements were re-recorded with performer T.J. Storm, as Tricoteux had been unable to move athletically due to the platform shoes he had to wear on set to replicate the character’s height. LaSalle was used for his facial performance. DD then mapped these performances onto a digital model that was designed to be comic-accurate. The team sought specific reference for Colossus’s metallic finish to avoid looking “chromey”, visiting a metal company to look at various samples. They settled on cold rolled steel, with the darker hot rolled steel used for his hair. The model also includes ridges on the character, which could be moved separately from the rest of the model to keep them always perfectly straight as in the comic books. DD also created the model of Deadpool that was used by all vendors. His mask is animated around the eyes to be expressive as in the comics, which helped balance out the “chinwag” caused by Reynolds’ acting coming through the bottom of the mask. Replacing Deadpool’s head fully was going to be too costly, so Weta Digital instead warped each shot based on facial reference from Reynolds, and adjusted the lighting to reflect the changes. This was called an “ingenious 2D-ish solution”.
Atomic Fiction created a freeway environment for the “Twelve Bullets Fight”, with a backdrop based on Detroit, Chicago, and Vancouver. The vendor also created the vehicles in the sequence. These assets were used by Blur for the opening titles, which moves through a frozen moment where Deadpool is fighting thugs inside a crashing car. It includes titles such as “Directed by an overpaid tool” and “Produced by asshats”, with Reynolds, Miller, and the writers coming up with their own credits in the hope of setting the tone for the rest of the film. Luma contributed blood and gore to the film, using practical footage as well as digital effects for more complex scenes. When Deadpool cuts off his own hand, DD did not want to be “outdone” by Luma, and had “buckets of blood pouring out”. Luma created the regrowing hand, inspired by the hand of a fetus. When Deadpool breaks both his hands, DD went through 20 or 30 different versions of what broken fingers could look like. For his initial scarring, Rodeo FX referenced rotting fruit and maggot-eaten meat. The company added a CG penis to Reynolds in the sequence, which “you don’t even notice [but] when it wasn’t there it looked really weird”. Rodeo also augmented the practical fire in the scene.
The different vendors all collaborated for the final battle sequence, which takes place in the wreckage of a helicarrier: Luma created the climactic fight between Deadpool and Ajax; DD created the majority of the Colossus effects, except for when he is damaged later on, which was handled by Blur Studio; DD also created the effects for Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s abilities as well as expanding the helicarrier’s deck; Rodeo contributed matte paintings for the background; and Weta provided the facial animation for Deadpool. Negasonic’s abilities were the only “supernatural effect-sy thing” in the film, and were based on fuel-air exposives and solar flares to try ground them in reality. Setting the final sequence on the wrecked helicarrier was Miller’s idea, to help expand the scope of the third act and include more connections to the comics and wider Marvel Universe. To avoid rights issues with Marvel Studios, the helicarrier for Deadpool was designed to be “as different as possible from the one in The Avengers.” Additionally, a French animation artist with a “unique style” created 2D cartoon characters that dance around Deadpool after he is stabbed in the head during the fight.
Tom Holkenborg announced in October 2015 that he would compose the score for Deadpool. Holkenborg noted that Deadpool only makes musical references from before 1990 in the film, and so wanted to use sounds from the 1980s, such as an Oberheim and a Synclavier for Deadpool’s main theme. Reese and Wernick had several songs to be used in the film written into their script. Some of these ultimately did not work as intended—for instance, the sex montage between Wilson and Vanessa played out to Frank Sinatra‘s version of “It Was a Very Good Year” in the script, but this was changed to Neil Sedaka‘s “Calendar Girl” during editing. A soundtrack album featuring Holkenborg’s score and the songs heard in the film was released digitally on February 12, 2016, and physically on March 4 through Milan Records.
Deadpool grossed $363.1 million in the United States and Canada and $420 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $783.1 million, against a budget of $58 million. It broke numerous records for its opening weekend gross across the world, and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film and the highest grossing X-Men film, as well as the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2016. Deadline.com calculated the net profit of the film to be $322 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film, making it the 2nd most profitable release of 2016. When discussing potential reasons for the film’s surprise success, the site highlighted its marketing campaign.
At the end of January 2016, the film was projected to earn $55-60 million over its opening weekend in the United States and Canada. Fox’s rivals projected the film to earn closer to $80 million. It ultimately opened at No. 1, making $132.4 million for the weekend, and $152.2 million over the long Presidents’ Day weekend. Trying to explain this surprise, Fox’s domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said “it’s hard to comp and predict. You’re doing something that’s never been done. It’s like you throw the rulebook out the window.” The weekend included $12.7 million from preview showings on February 11, $47.5 million on its opening day, $42.5 million on February 12, and $42.6 million on February 13, as well as $19.8 on February 14 to end the long weekend. These were all records for R-rated films and days in February. Additionally, $16.8 million of this came from IMAX screens, a record opening weekend for R-rated films and February releases in that format. Deadpool gained an additional $55 million in its second weekend, down over 50% from its first weekend. This kept it at No. 1, and made it the fastest R-rated film to cross $200 million, doing so in nine days. It became the highest grossing X-Men film and R-rated comic book superhero film the next day. It remained in the No. 1 position for its third week, but fell behind Zootopia and London Has Fallen the next week. Deadpool‘s domestic run ended on June 17, after 126 days, with $363.1 million. This was shortly after it became the highest grossing R-rated film worldwide. The film’s U.S. audience, across its whole run, was 59% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic, 12% African-American, and 8% Asian. It was also 62% male, and had an average age of 35.
The film was released in 80 markets around the world, many of them in its first week. This included the United Kingdom, France, and Australia on its first day, February 9, where it was the No. 1 film and broke several records. The film also opened well in Asian countries, notably Taiwan, which Reynolds had traveled to for promotion and made the “central hub” of South East Asia for the film, and Hong Kong, where the film had the biggest Chinese New Year single day ever. The film went on to gross $132.2 million for its international opening weekend, over $7 million more than was predicted. This included $9 million from IMAX showings. It was the No. 1 film in all markets it was released in for the weekend, except Poland and Malaysia where it was No. 2 behind local films Planet Single and The Mermaid, respectively. The film broke the record for biggest opening weekend in Russia and Thailand, and set records for biggest R-rated film and February opening weekends in several other markets. It remained in No. 1 for the international box office for its second weekend, dropping 47% to make an additional $84.7 million from 77 markets. The film made No. 1 debuts in 17 new countries, including Korea, Spain, and Italy, and maintained its No. 1 position in countries like the UK, Germany, and Brazil. Its continued performance in South East Asia was compared favorably to bigger superhero films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It topped the international box office for a third consecutive weekend, before falling to No. 3 behind Ip Man 3 and Zootopiain its fourth weekend. Deadpool opened in its final market, Japan, in June. It was the No. 1 film there, with a $6.5 million opening weekend.
Deadpool has received numerous awards and nominations, recognizing the film itself, as well as: the performance of the cast, particularly Reynolds as Deadpool; several technical areas, including the film’s makeup, sound, and visual effects; and the film’s marketing campaign. It was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, four Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (winning two), a Directors Guild of America Award, five Empire Awards, seven Golden Trailer Awards (winning two), two Key Art Awards for marketing (winning both), eight MTV Movie Awards (winning two), a Producers Guild of America Award, four People’s Choice Awards (winning two), six Teen Choice Awards (winning two), and a Writers Guild of America Award. It has also been nominated for three Saturn Awards and a Hugo Award.
After being nominated for awards such as the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and Writers Guild of America, Deadpool was considered a serious contender for several Academy Awards despite its content and tone, including potential nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and, after its Producers Guild of America nomination, Best Picture. When the film did not receive any Academy Award nominations, it was widely considered to have been “snubbed“. Analyzing potential reasons for this, Screen Rant’s Alex Leadbeater said that though the film “earned a solid thumbs up from most”, it was generally not praised by top critics for offering any “depth or related subversion of its genre.” He also noted an apparent bias that Academy voters’ have against superhero films; the lack of a targeted campaign for the awards by Fox, who did not seem to be expecting any of the film’s previous awards either; and the large amount of other films in contention, as “2016 was, all in all, a pretty good year for movies”. A variant cover for Marvel Comics’ X-Men: Gold #1, with art by Ron Lim, references Deadpool‘s Oscar snub.
Before the film’s release, Fox gave a sequel the greenlight, with writers Reese and Wernick returning to write the screenplay. The involvement of Reynolds and Tim Miller was confirmed at the 2016 CinemaCon in April, but at the end of October, Miller left the film over “mutual creative differences” with Reynolds. The next month, David Leitch signed on to replace Miller for the sequel, while Fox was looking for another filmmaker to take on a third film. Leitch first made a short film, No Good Deed, which was written by Reese and Wernick and played in front of Logan in place of a post-credits scene setting up Deadpool 2 being added to that film. A slightly different version of the short was produced for release online on March 4, 2017.
Deadpool 2 is set to be released on June 1, 2018, with Leitch directing from a screenplay by Reese and Wernick. Drew Goddard, who had been in the running to direct the film, consulted on the script. Filming began in Vancouver in June 2017, with Reynolds returning alongside Baccarin, T. J. Miller, Uggams, Hildebrand, and Kapičić. After an extensive search, Josh Brolin was cast as Cable in April. The film explores the team X-Force, which includes Deadpool and Cable. In March 2017, Reese clarified that though Deadpool 2 sets-up the X-Force team, a future film focused on that group would be separate from Deadpool 3, “so I think we’ll be able to take two paths. [X-Force] is where we’re launching something bigger, but then [Deadpool 3 is] where we’re contracting and staying personal and small.”