Deadpool Movie Gets Strong Positive Reactions From First Screenings

Deadpool Movie Becomes The Highest-Grossing X-Men Movie Ever At Domestic Box Office

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Deadpool has already become the highest-grossing X-Men film of all time in North America.

The film took the top spot at the U.S. box office again this weekend, generating $55 million (about a 60% week to week drop) to bring its ten-day total to $235 million.

That puts it past X-Men: The Last Stand, which made $234 million and change domestically. X-Men: Days of Future Past made $233 million domestically, but went on to out-earn The Last Stand at the international box office. With a solid showing at the international box office, Deadpool should beat out The Last Stand‘s $459 million global haul in the next few days. It will have much longer to go to reach Days of Future Past‘s $747 million.

UPDATE: With the weekend numbers now in for the worldwide box office, Deadpool has generated $491 million, passing X-Men: The Last Stand‘s worldwide box office haul to become the second-highest-grossing X-Men movie worldwide.

Last weekend, Deadpool generated more than $130 million in its first three days, and over $150 million for the long weekend including the Monday holiday. That allowed it to shatter a number of records, including best opening weekend ever in February and best opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie.

For context, even a $55 million weekend would have been enough to pay for the movie’s production budget and make it one of the ten biggest February openings of all time.

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool Movie Has 100% Positive Rating On Rotten Tomatoes

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Critics can often be unkind to superhero movies. 20th Century Fox’s last superhero movie, Fantastic Four, scored only a 9% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, early indications are that 20th Century Fox has completely redeemed itself with its latest superhero effort, Deadpool. While there are only nine reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this article, all nine reviews are positive, giving Deadpool a 100% positive rating.

Here’s a roundup of the first reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hitfix: “I’ll just marvel at the fact that Fox finally grew the jooblies to let this film happen.”

We Got This Covered: “With Fox’s Deadpool movie, a new superhero icon has been born, and he just tea-bagged us all.”

Chris Stuckmann: “Justice has finally been done to the “Merc with a Mouth.” Is it the next Citizen Kane? No. Is it the perfect Deadpool movie? You bet.”

Slant Magazine: “The whiplash contrasts between snideness and sincerity are deeply rooted in the main character’s psychology.”

CinemaBlend: “Deadpool is a blissfully unique and hilarious action-packed blockbuster that stands as one of the best big-screen superhero origin stories that we’ve had the pleasure of seeing.”

Examiner: “While there have been other R-rated comic book movies and even superhero sex scenes (hello Watchmen!), none revel in it quite like Deadpool does.”

TheWrap: “It’s a film that’s amused with itself, but thanks to a screwball screenplay by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick and a charmingly snarky lead turn by Ryan Reynolds, that amusement is both thoroughly earned and completely contagious.”

Looking at other reviews that we’ve spotted outside of Rotten Tomatoes, they all appear to be positive as well.

Entertainment Weekly: “Reynolds and his character are a blast of laughing gas in a genre that tends to take itself way too seriously.”

The Hollywood Reporter: “It takes a little while to get in gear — or perhaps just to adjust to what’s going on here — but once it does, Deadpool drops trou to reveal itself as a really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos, as well as the first Marvel film to irreverently trash the brand.”

Variety: “Ryan Reynolds gets the full-throttle wisecracking showcase he deserves in this scabrously funny origin story.”

And of course, Comicbook.com’s own review: “Deadpool is simply what fans have been dying for, and it’s clear in every moment that it was made by hardcore fans, too.”

Deadpool Movie Officially Gets Its R Rating

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Fox’s Deadpool will be rated R.

Shocking, right?

Well, for a superhero film that plans to make a lot of money at the box office, it’s a rarity. Still, the film started out with a mission to be R-rated, so it’s arguably not surprising that it succeeded.

The official rating has been added to the film’s official website. The rating is for “strong language and violence throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.”

Considering what fans have already seen via viral campaigns and red-band trailers, none of that is too surprising either.

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool: Where Do I Start?

He’s arguably the most successful new character introduced in the past twenty years at Marvel Comics, but if you told him that he’d probably brush it off AND be over-joyed all in one sentence. He’s Deadpool, the famous Merc with a Mouth who burst to life in the final issues of Rob Liefeld’s run on New Mutants and bounced around the House of Ideas with a manic grace and an outsider aesthetic, proving to be a loose cannon both in-story and outside of it.

His appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine caused a resurgence in the character despite some changes to his movie persona, with Deadpool-ooza washing over the Marvel line for a number of months in 2010, including a peak time of three ongoing series (Deadpool, Deadpool Team-Up,Deadpool Corps.) and one month where he appeared on 20+ variant covers for different titles. Since then the buzz has died down, but Deadpool remains a key figure in the Marvel Universe.

For both his fans and his detractors, iFanboy has pulled together four go-to guides to get to know Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool.

Deadpool Classics, Vol. 1: What’s better way to get to know the Merc with a Mouth than by revisiting his earliest adventures. From his brief debut in New Mutants to his first two miniseries, you get a slice of life as big as your head. These early days show Deadpool in a pretty varied manner, but seeing comics greats like Mark Waid, Joe Madureira and Ed McGuinness take on the hero in his formative days make this a sure-fire pick.

Deadpool vs. The Marvel Universe: Like the Marvel equivalent of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Deadpool has walked, ran, shot and trapezed himself across the Marvel universe time and again. In this 2000s era collection, original co-creator Fabian Nicieza joins artist Reilly Brown as Deadpool goes face to face with Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Doctor strange, Wolverine and more (I didn’t really Deadpool had so many faces!)

Cable/Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could Kill: Like spiritual brothers, these two Rob Liefeld creations go from mortal enemies to erstwhile allies in a long-running series that creates a whole new buddy pair-up to rival Booster Gold and Blue Beetle or Tango & Cash. With Cable’s drive to save humanity from a stark future, Wade Wilson acts a comedic foil to the one-eyed cyborg’s plan and also an unlikely hero at times.

Deadpool: Dead Head Redemption: This melting pot of creative forces sees over two dozen creators shoot out short stories of the Merc with a Mouth as fast as Deadpool can spout wisecracks. From Jason Aaron to original co-creator Rob Liefeld and more, these stories are the comic equivalent of Benny Hill’s “Yakety Sax” theme if played by a death metal band. Come for the comedy and violence, stay for the gun-toting mimes and first appearance of… fanman.

DEADPOOL Comics Worth Checking Out.

This past weekend, there was some big Deadpool news. At the Marvel Games panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Deadpool actually showed up and interrupted the panel. He made the announcement that there is a Deadpool video game coming up and Deadpool fans couldn’t be happier. You can watch the actual panel with Deadpool HERE.

Not everyone is an expert on Deadpool. There have been an incredible amount of Deadpool comics since his debut back in 1991. According to the Comic Vine database, he’s appeared in over 1000 comics (some may be reprint volumes from other countries).

For those wanting to read Deadpool now, to get caught up or just to get to know who he is and what he’s about, trying to pick what to read could be intimidating. Here are some of the better Deadpool comics you should read and are easily available.

== TEASER ==What is the easiest way to get started on Deadpool? If you don’t already have a local comic shop, you can always get comics through comiXology. There are a few comics you can easily get. Here are some of the better ones.

Deadpool Classic Volume 1

This is a great place to start. You can get it for $16.99 and it contains Deadpool’s earliest appearances. The 1993 four-issue miniseries was written by Fabian Nicieza with art by Joe Madureira.

The four-issue miniseries from 1994 was written by Mark Waid. Back in his earlier appearances, we see him here with more of his established character. There’s also the beginning of his infatuation with Siryn. Deadpool has to face off against Juggernaut and Black Tom. What’s more interesting is his healing factor wasn’t working too well at one point. It’s almost a foreshadowing to what he’s dealing with right now in the current comics.

There’s also DEADPOOL #1 from 1997. This was the amazing beginning of Joe Kelly’s run.

Deadpool Volume 1: Secret Invasion (2008)

This volume contains the first five issues of the current series. It was a Secret Invasion tie-in but was also the beginning of Daniel Way’s incredible run. This marked the new age of Deadpool. Shortly after this, we started to see an overabundance of Deadpool comics. Throughout the multiple series we saw, Way’s DEADPOOL remained consistently good.

Deadpool Volume 3: X Marks the Spot

Deadpool is often associated with the X-Men. What people tend to forget is, he’s not a mutant. But there was a time (in 2010) when he started thinking that being a mercenary wasn’t the best thing to be. He decided he wanted to be part of the X-Men.

Unfortunately, he thinks a good way to get on the X-Men’s good side is to kill Mercury‘s father, who told the press the X-Men were holding her captive on the mutant haven island, Utopia. Deadpool’s just so silly.

You can also find individual issues of DEADPOOL on comiXology. You can pretty much get caught up on the entire current series. Not everyone wants to read digital comics. The above are available in printed trade paperbacks. Others worth checking out follow and can be found at your local comic shop, book store or online sites such as Amazon.

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth: Head Trip (2009)

This volume contains all thirteen issues of the Victor Gischler 2009 series. It may not be considered one of the classic runs and did end after 13 issues but it did feature Deadpool teaming up withZombie Deadpool head. That might sound absurd if you don’t know the backstory but it’s really just another period in Deadpool’s life. Deadpool…with a chopped off zombie head version of him from an alternate universe. What more do you really need to know?

Deadpool: Suicide Kings (2009)

Mike Benson and Carlo Barberi deliver a tale of Deadpool getting framed along with appearances by Punisher, Spider-Man and Tombstone.

Deadpool Vs. the Marvel Universe (2008)

This collects issues 43-50 of CABLE AND DEADPOOL. Deadpool fighting other heroes in the Marvel Universe. What more could you want?

It should also be noted that pretty much the entire CABLE AND DEADPOOL run was great stuff.

Deadpool Comics to Avoid

I may be in the minority here. In fact I’d love to hear if there are those that disagree. During the recent Deadpool wave of comics, I was still buying every single comic because I really dig the character. There was one that basically pissed me off. After one too many cruddy and pointless issues, I finally stopped buying it. I was in the buying-out-of-loyalty camp but enough was enough. DEADPOOL TEAM-UP was the series that pissed me off.

DEADPOOL CORPS had a promising idea. I didn’t dislike it as much as TEAM-UP. I just immediately lost interest. Maybe I needed to give it another chance but it just started falling away from who Deadpool is supposed to be.

This is just the beginning. There are plenty more Deadpool comics worth checking out. If you have a particular favorite trade or run, be sure to list it in the comments below!