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Long before Deadpool 2 or even X-Men Origins: Wolverine were made, Ryan Reynolds was working on bringing the Merc with a Mouth to life in the big screen. Marvel Comics fans and Deadpool diehards have been following the journey of Wade Wilson to theaters for a long time, and Reynolds has been attached to play the character for most of that journey. And with Deadpool 2 about to hit theaters, it’s worth looking back at the winding and somewhat bizarre circumstances that led to the first film even being made.
The early reactions to Deadpool 2 are very positive, teasing a movie even funnier and more action-packed than the original. That tone was something fans were drawn to from the start. It’s the leaked test footage of Tim Miller’s Deadpool that made Fox finally sit up and realize the audience the film had, but few could have suspected that goodwill would extend to one of the most successful R-rated franchise of all time.
While Reynolds was working on bringing Deadpool to life for over a decade before anything concrete happened, plans for the character to star in his own movie started even earlier.