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Deadpool Review (Spoilers)

Fox has finally allowed Deadpool or the "Merc with a Mouth" to feature in his own film with an origin story that deviates from the familiar Marvel Studios ride. Deadpool, a disfigured mercenary with the power to accelerate his healing, is a surprisingly relentless comedy with Tarantino-like styling.

After learning that he had contracted cancer, Wade Wilson is offered hope in the form of a radical new treatment that will infuse Wolverines regenerative powers into him. Wade is turned into the ultimate soldier for what is, in fact, a government Weapon X Program and emerges as Deadpool to seek revenge on the program's creators.

The film is downright meta and acknowledges its Marvel universe, its hurdles and its ongoing creations and spin-offs. There is a constant commentary that breaks the fourth wall, alludes to pop culture and pokes fun at itself. The film references the real actors playing the characters, together with Reynold’s previous superhero appearances as the Green Lantern and the less successful portrayal of Deadpool in X-Men Origin’s Wolverine.

Wayne Wilson, who is played by Ryan Reynolds knows how to deliver punchy one-liners. A supporting secondary cast from the Marvel universe is utilised in a way that will have fanboys and newcomer pumped for the sequel (which promises to include the time-traveling character Cable).

In keeping with Marvels fun, dark and trendy cast of lesser known characters, Deadpool has a great old- school soundtrack that includes DMX and Salt and Pepper.

Deadpool is an unorthodox film which acknowledges the superhero world but continues to engage you with its classic revenge/romance plot. Marvel’s origin stories have a formulaic flow which will only be frustrating to people who are tired of the comic book genre as a whole. Nevertheless, Deadpool is an edgy and fast-paced franchising hit for Marvel.

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