I won’t mince words with you at all. When it comes to the comic book movie enterprise that we all know and love now, it reminds me of a time when the blueprint was almost singlehandedly ruined by the good people at 20th Century Fox.
Quick history lesson. Marvel the company was doing very bad in the 90’s, and close to bankruptcy. In order to stay afloat, they licensed out a lot of their characters to different production companies for movies. This is how you got Sony’s Spiderman movies, the horrid early X-Men movies, two god awful Punisher movies, and the coup de grace of them all, the abysmal Fantastic Four movies.
Fast forward to now. Fox literally fucked the Spiderman franchise up so much that they’ve allowed Marvel Studios to share the property…which is why we’ll see Peter Parker and all his glory this year in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America: Civil War.
But back to Fox. Punisher, Daredevil, Elektra, and a few other characters have returned to Marvel due to Fox defecating on the source material, and because of that we’ve been fortunate to have the Netflix Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and upcoming Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. It’s the season of the geek.
Needless to say, Fox was where comics went to die. Until Deadpool. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Fox debuted Deapool in the earlier “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” movie to terrible reviews and reactions. I mean, it sucked out loud. On wheat bread. So, the current Deadpool was what Hollywood calls a “soft reboot.” Basically it’s Fox saying: “Hey, how bout we make an actual good movie about the character, and in exchange you forget the dumb shit we did prior to this?”
Ryan Reynolds is as spot on a casting job as Denzel a was for Malcolm X. Everything about Reynolds screamed DP which is why he fought so hard to get it made; even to the point of spending his own money. Big risk. It’s now the highest grossing R rated comic book movie ever made, making over 200 million in its first weekend. 58 million dollar budget. 673 million dollar profit.
People dropping into this movie blind will be a bit confused by Deadpool. He’s the only comic book hero that constantly breaks the 4th wall by talking to the reader, the artist of the book, and the writer. He does the same in the movie. The directors and the writer of this movie really find the balance of staying true to the source material but not roaming into the Wayans’ realm of spoofery. Wade Wilson ain’t nobody to mess with. With a helping factor ten times better than Wolverine’s and the skills of an assassin, he’s one of the most dangerous mutants there is.
Fox gets it right this time. Finally. Deadpool is a must see movie for the adult comic book enthusiast, and will do more than deliver.
Bad news is that the success of the movie almost ensures a sequel. Which gives gives Fox another opportunity to fuck things up. Keep your collective fingers crossed.