Everyone’s favorite fourth-wall breaking, wisecracking, “merc with a mouth” has finally gotten his own movie. In an explosive opening weekend, Deadpool broke a number of records and thrilled its audiences with its unique mixture of no-holds-barred humor and hard-hitting action.
In its first four days in theaters, Deadpool has made over $152 million, almost tripling its $58 million budget. The record for an R-rated movie had been previously held by 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded at $91.8 million, to which Deadpool quickly surpassed. It even beat the highest grossing X-Men movie, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand which made only $102.7 million.
Fans excitement to see the film made after leaked footage released was equally matched by its star, Ryan Reynolds.. He even went as far to keep his suit after the last day of shooting. Reynold’s stated in an interview with MSN, “I’ve waited 10 years to do this movie so I’m leaving with a f***ing suit.” And with its sequel, Deadpool 2, confirmed, not only by the studio but the “hero” himself, Reynolds will get to wear it even more, outside of maybe using it for pajamas.
“I’ve never done a job where I gave my last drop of blood, and this was that. I really felt great about how it was received. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before just to have the long game pay off that way,” Reynolds commented in an interview with the LA Times.
After the re-imagining of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a solo movie for the character seemed shaky and far fetched at the time. Once the test footage was released in 2014, it was clear that the studio was preparing to take the character back to his comic book roots.
Deadpool is now the eighth movie in the X-Men film franchise, following Days of Future Past and being succeeded by the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Due to Fox’s ownership of the X-Men and many related properties, this puts them outside of the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Much like the MCU, Deadpool is only a part of a greater whole, so we expect to see more of Reynolds in the future.