‘Deadpool’ Creates a New Meaning for the Word ‘Hero’

By Brittany Barnes
Staff Writer

On Feb. 11, 2016, “Deadpool” starring Ryan Reynolds was released.

Since then, “Deadpool” has been making headlines for becoming the highest grossing rated-R film during its opening weekend.

There’s no denying that people love the Marvel Universe.

Personally, I’ll go see just about any film that involves characters of the Marvel world. I’m sure others feel the same.

“Deadpool” is the first rated-R Marvel film.

Marvel usually goes for a PG-13 rating due to the fact that they want to be able to reach more people for the highest outcome possibility.

Teens and young children typically love superhero films, but “Deadpool” is no child’s movie.

He is a potty-mouthed thug turned “hero” trying to get revenge on the man who kept him captive, tortured him and gave him mutant powers.

Along with the mutant powers came a disfigured face, which Deadpool wants the cure for.

Wade Wilson, Deadpool’s real name, was diagnosed with a severe cancer that had touched almost every organ in his body.

He then was approached by a man who promised to cure his cancer.

He, of course, took that opportunity.

It turned out that when he arrived at the facility, he was then kept there against his will.

It turns out that his mutant power he gained there is the ability heal from anything, including his cancerous cells, being shot and burned alive.

Deadpool totally disregards all rules and he cannot be tamed.

Two X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, made an appearance in the film.

They tried to persuade him into joining the X-Men and not killing people, which he seems to have a hard time doing.

Deadpool wreaked havoc on a highway just to get to Ajax, the man that promised to cure his cancer.

He seemed to lack compassion and sympathy.

He is crude and he does not apologize for it. That’s why I loved the movie.

The movie was great, from the opening credits to the very end.

The opening credits did not name one person by name. Some of them say “tools,” “the hot chick” and “the comic relief.” Reynolds was titled “People’s Sexiest Man Alive” during the opening credits.

Deadpool broke the fourth-wall like he breaks everything else.

He looked into the camera and talked directly to the audience. He addresses the fact that he is in a movie. And he narrated his story for us.

The movie was filled with action, vulgar humor and lots of blood.

That’s what sets Deadpool as a character and “Deadpool” the film apart from others in the same genre. The producers weren’t afraid to go all the way.

I love Thor and Iron Man as much as anyone else, but Deadpool brings a new meaning to the word “hero.”

Mostly because he isn’t one, at least not in this movie.

He is a flawed character.

I think far too much in superhero films, the heroes are perfect. Not that that is necessarily a problem, but a hero character that shows imperfection is refreshing.

Why do I think “Deadpool” attracted so many people?

He is the anti-hero we’ve all wished for. He’s unlike any other superhero that I can think of.

Deadpool is definitely no Captain America.

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