Marvel's 'Merc with a Mouth' Will Break the Fourth Wall

July 3, 2009
Source: Empire


We all know that a Deadpool movie is in development with Ryan Reynolds at the helm. But after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we're going into a bit cautiously, since no one knows how it will turn out. We've heard a lot about where the story might go and other ideas from Reynolds, but one point he hasn't addressed yet is if Wade Wilson will break the "fourth wall" as he has done in the comics. “Break the fourth wall? Oh yeah, he’s got to. I want to see him break the Great Wall," Reynolds told Empire today. And as for his decapitated head at the end of Wolverine, well, “that we won’t speak of." Well it looks like this is headed in the right direction!

As for more updates on the Deadpool spin-off from Reynolds, he adds: “The studio's working on a script and trying to find a director. The main goal is to make sure it stays close to the source material." But fans are wondering exactly how close to the source material? Because one could claim that Wolverine was close to the source material, too. "I'm one of them. I've always been a fan, at least for the last eight or nine years. I feel a bit of validation because I knew going into Wolverine that there's a huge fanbase for this and I don't think anyone else did." Now he just needs to make sure this doesn't get screwed up. We know you can, Ryan!

Update: For reference, breaking the fourth wall essentially means talking to the audience. "The term applies to the boundary between any fictional setting and its audience. When this boundary is 'broken', it is called 'breaking the fourth wall.'" In the comics, Deadpool is often aware that he is a comic book character.

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" And Boom goes the dynamite...Deadpool wins!!!!! " (this is how deadpool is done!!!!)

Lazarus from Sparta on Jul 3, 2009


Wolverine was close to source material? Which dimension again?

w00t!!! on Jul 3, 2009


^ I meant that if you were to ask someone like Gavin Hood or Hugh Jackman, they would've said that Wolverine was close to the source material, too. I'm just saying, be weary...

Alex Billington on Jul 3, 2009


What does it mean to "break the fourth wall?"

whommm on Jul 3, 2009


Break the fourth wall means pretty much talking to your audience in the comics deadpool is aware that he is in a comic book and that leads to some great humor.

CLAW on Jul 3, 2009


Thanks for ruining Wolverine in the first paragraph. And don't say "durrr, its a bad movie anyway" I don't care, I haven't seen it and now I now what happens to Deadpool.

jules on Jul 3, 2009


#6 Thats your own fault for not seeing it yet, the movie was released in early May and the unfinished version before that. I can't wait to see a Deadpool movie.

creg on Jul 3, 2009


You aren't missing much, jules. Anyway, I'm excited to an unhealthy level about all this news. I have no love for Fox, but at least it sort of sounds like it's headed in the right direction. Deadpool is far and away my favorite comic character, and I sure hope they have Wolvie somewhere and make Cable a big part of the film.

RC on Jul 3, 2009


I don't trust FOX superhero films at all anymore. I learned my lesson when I paid good money to see "X-Men: The Last Stand." I did not go see "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in theaters, nor will I see any sequel to it or any spinoff, including Deadpool, or even a spinoff of the original X-Men franchise, in theaters. I'm not opposed to a rainy day DVD rental, but I refuse to contribute any money to FOX's belief that "as soon as we have their ticket money, it doesn't matter what's on the screen" (which I believe is a close paraphrasing of an ACTUAL FOX quote). I seriously doubt that the loss of my $10 ticket money (or that of the other people who I would have taken with me to see the films) will really impact whatever scam FOX's movie trailers pull over the rest of the masses who still expect a quality movie-going experience, but sometimes you just have to make a moral stand. Until I hear that FOX's upper management has changed, I will be sticking to the other franchises who are housed at studios that at least have a 50/50 shot of being worth my time.

Outlaw on Jul 3, 2009


This is the Most Awesome News I have heard on this front. Looks like Ryan actually reads the comis as appossed to Jackmans aid reading them in a day and then telling him wghat he remembers. Did anyone else not notice that? How when ever Jackman said anything about "the source material" for origins it all sounded like second hand knowledge or that he read it of of the cover of a few of the comics? At least Ryan seems like he read the comics in hiw free time. I think he was a great cast For Deadpool. His manner of speach and how he holds himself are very much like how Wade is in the comics. Plus if Ryan is wearing the mask, with his acting abilities, we would still get the depth of emotion or humor as with it off. Ryan is one of the few actors that can act not only with his face but with his voice and tone as well. Example, watch waiting with your eyes closed for every time that Ryan is on screen. Just by his tone and mannerisms you'll be able to get exactly what he means without ever having to see his face. For me this helps with the whole getting caught up in the movie thing. I hope that Fox can pull its head out of its ass and actually deliever on this movie. By to hear Ryan, it seems like he won't let them trash this movie like they did Wolverine.

TheSaint on Jul 3, 2009


I'm like everyone else, I'd like to see a Deadpool movie and have wanted to for years, but not after the failure of Wolverine and the butchering of his character. Another concern is what story or series would it be based on. Personally, I haven't been impressed with the more recent Deadpool series and titles. One of the few series I have collected almost entirely is Joe Kelly's run on Deadpool. Kelly seemed to understand that Deadpool functioned best in serious situations and his signature banter was so memorable and humorous because it might light of those situations. Deadpool always seemed to be dimwitted to other characters, but he always knows the score and has a plan, the banter is used as a distraction. Also, Kelly fleshed out a supporting cast for Deadpool; the gang at the Hellhouse (Where he received his missions along with other mercs), Weasel (His techie/arms supplier/pal/punching bag), and Blind Alfred (His prisoner/Roommate). Then there was the romance between Deadpool and Siryn (Banshee's daughter) and the contrast between her and another "love interest", Typhoid Mary. The two females basically represented the angels and demons on Deadpool's shoulders. Siryn would always support Deadpool's aspirations to become a hero and appeal to his "good side" but Typhoid would always do her worst to tear him down and remind him of the murdering animal he has always been. Finally, there were memorable villains - T-Ray (Although I don't like what Kelly did with the character toward the end, even I understand why), Killbrew, Ajax, and of course Bullseye (I'd love to see Bullseye in the Deadpool movie) who, like Typhoid, always tried to pull Deadpool back down to his level. While breaking the fourth wall is part of what makes Deadpool unique, it's only a minor thing to me and I think it would be a huge mistake to give it too much emphasis. What made me keep wanting to read Deadpool was the inner conflict (To become a hero or not), his cunning and unique tactics in dealing with foes, and, of course, the banter. I stopped reading Deadpool shortly after Kelly left the series. The issues I have read and skimmed through since then don't seem to have the same understanding of the Deadpool character. They still maintain Deadpool's ridiculous banter, but they put him in equally ridiculous situations (i.e. - Sharing an apartment with two other super-villains [Which was actually pretty interesting and fun at first], being cursed by Loki to have the face of Tom Cruise, giving him a sidekick, etc.). I hope that the movie will be based on Kelly's work and tell us a story of a man who is at war with himself, striving to become a hero while looking like and using the methods of a monster. Deadpool NEEDS a good supporting cast and villains. I would somehow work in Weasel and a Siryn-like character for his allies. For villains it would be cool to see his origin at Weapon X and include Killbrew (Ignore the Wolverine Weapon X origin altogether) and have Deadpool fight against fellow mercenaries Typhoid and Bullseye. I dunno, I just hope it turns out better than Wolverine. A LOT better.

Jonathan on Jul 3, 2009


I am keeping my hopes up with this. and #1 that was so great. I hope they bring a lot of comedy to the roll. I can't see them not doing that.

Dan W on Jul 3, 2009


Please don't let them fuck this up...

-Peter- on Jul 3, 2009


I gotta a question: Does it really matter if Deadpool completely ignores Wolverine, much like the new Hulk ignored the Ang Lee Hulk?

Xerxex on Jul 3, 2009


By ignoring you mean don't go after Wolverine? Seeing as Deadpool really doesn't have to hold a grudge on Wolverine, yeah. They were both used by Stryker, Deadpool is essentially just going to try and find himself, probably go after Stryker. As far as I can remember (irony), Deadpool looses some of his memory when he is decapitated so for all we know, Deadpool and Wolverine is kinda in the same situation. Personally hope they will make him break the fourth wall and add humor to the superhero genre. I want to see something different, we've got the grief, the story, the odd (Watchmen - common, it wasn't like regular superhero movies, and that was good), the friendly, the grim, etc. Alright, Spider-Man was made slightly with humor but nothing like what they can do with Deadpool. Personally I think Deadpool is not the mainstream like Batman, Spider-Man or Iron Man (essentially that not many who havn't read his comics knew about him before Wolverine) and I hope they work that to his advantage. Wonder if they're going to do something with his relationship with Death, I just hope they let Wolverine deal with the Weapon X saga and gives Deadpool his own, perhaps with some flashbacks from his life and with the X-Men saga in mind (for example some references and such). Overall, Deadpool is a fun Anti-hero who kicks ass, Ryan will most probably make him just, he fits the character perfectly (plus, it seems he, like Jackman, wants to give his character the feel of the character we know from the comics).

Felix on Jul 3, 2009


I'd love to see him break the fourth wall! But I already knew this a few months ago..

Robbie on Jul 3, 2009


I really PRAY Fox and Marvel do it good this time. BRING THE DEADPOOL! *Never wrote a sentence in big font on this website but in my opinion this one deserves it!*

Fisherr on Jul 3, 2009


as long as he does not have the projectile swards and the frakking cyclops power i am down. in the movie all i though this looks like freaking barrakka from mortal combat!!! wtf

splinter on Jul 3, 2009


um do u not understand that the deadpool was a clone at the end of origins.they took powers from each mutant including cyclops.and he made it out alive,wade become deadpool by being trapped in the jail cell when the reactor goes nuts at the end.i know this for a fact.

george on Jul 3, 2009


19# 100% agree with you .... well i hope thats what really happent, and they could explain in the new deadpool movie that the 1 havin his head cut off was a clone, and the real wade being kept in a cell and excaping at the end, i fuckin hope so.only way to make it make sence!!! when victor creed/sabretooth gos to dominic monaghan's characters (chris bradley / bolt) trailer in the theme park ... bolt says "i always thought wade would bo the one to come and get me" ....victor creed "wades gone now" thats all they said about him untill the end when deadpool/weaponXI is walkin towards wolverine saying "wade? you dont have to doo with, looks like stryker finally found a way to shut you up" obv talkin about his mouth thats the only way i could see them explain it ...but id be fine with them totally ignoring xmen orgins: wolervine

Mark.E on Jul 3, 2009


Hey true believers...more Deadpool for you...If the bigwigs & Ryan Reynolds get their shit together...this is a great template for the Merc with a Mouth...your friendly neighbourhood psychopath / sociopath / WeaponX / awesome ninja-esque covert ops villain-hero / and genius banter smith...better then spidey in the movies. Plus he could eat Snake-Eyes from that Joe team. Even Storm Shadow is pale in comparison to him...(LOLOLOL Pale! Made myself laugh just now!.) If you all saw my first link on the 1rst comment here's three more. Enjoy the insanity. P.S.: I want my Deadpool to be Ryan Reynolds with the comic writing & background...hence I added the Marvel wiki link to give you his official bio! Deadpool part-1 Deadpool part-2 Deadpool part-3 '' Hey!!! Logan!! I missed you...Nobody calls me BuB anymore! ''

Lazarus from Sparta on Jul 3, 2009


More Deadpool done ok...not great, but not bad...just ok check it out.... Deadpool's day out:

Lazarus from Sparta on Jul 3, 2009


Ummmm. Ryan Reynolds "at the helm"? Doesn't that mean that Reynolds would direct? Where'd that come from?

ScottyR on Jul 4, 2009


I knew it!!!

ha1rball on Jul 5, 2009


They should start this movie with what happens to Wade after he gets kicked out of Weapon X. In the comics he gets sent to this prison/experiment place where they do all this fucked up stuff to Wade and it is in this place that he takes the name Deadpool and essentially goes crazy. This could be what they meant by "he's gone". I agree with the above comments about bringing in his relationship with Death. For the movie I'd make her a dark shadow that he only sees and you're never sure if she's real or just part of his insanity. No Cable!!! As much as I'd love to see Cable and Deadpool I think we need a whole X-Men movie about Apocalypse to introduce Cable. I would be so fucking pissed off if they just threw him into a movie.

S on Jul 6, 2009


As long as they understand that breaking the fourth wall in Comics or books and movies is two completely different things. I have a funny feeling Deadpool has more potential to succeed than Wolverine, at this point. But they could succeed side by side if the inevitable Wolverine sequel can be done darker, more violently etc. - I mean, someone at Fox HAD to see the cinematics from the Video Game. They were SO much better than the movie and I don't even like video games much. Wolverine's a born killer. Show him killing things. Let Deadpool do the lighthearted killing, and Wolverine do the merciless, brooding & romantic killer.

Django on Jul 6, 2009


Did anyone know that there was a Marvel Comics based game called Mugen? Its a free game and features Spiderman, X-men, The Avengers and more. There is like Spidermna, Venom, Carnage, Armored Spiderman, Symbiote Spiderman and too many more to mention. You can ploay as the good guys or the bad guys. Anyhow, I thought this would be a relevant post and get some more people into playing Mugen since you can create your own Marvel characters or modify the existing ones.

spiderman on Jul 30, 2009


#28 who cares? 😀 Im just excited to have Ryan Reynolds talk to me. Like in the audience. 🙂 I'll be there...he will speak to me!!!

Trisha on Jul 30, 2009


#28 having trouble with the site could use some help

TheSaint on Jul 31, 2009

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