For fans of a colorful Marvel Comics character, today marks a unique anniversary.
3 years ago today, on December 4th, 2014, Ryan Reynolds had announced his return as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. The actor marked the occasion with a photo on Twitter, which shows the antihero’s mask made out of ammunition.
The post marked a long-awaited moment for Deadpool fans, especially the ones who had been burned by the character’s appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As ComicBook.com put it, “While many fans felt that he was the perfect choice for the role, the way the movie treated the character left most disappointed. Ever since fans have been hoping that Reynolds would get a second shot at playing Wade Wilson.”
Fans know that Reynolds got the second chance and made an impact in the process. Reynolds then united with Tim Miller – who had created the now-infamous leaked test footage – on Deadpool, which had debuted in February of 2016. The movie broke records and was at number one in the box office and ended its domestic box office run with $363 million.
Reynolds will return in Deadpool 2, which received its first, Bob Ross-inspired teaser.
“Proving once again that Ryan Reynolds is the living embodiment of all things Deadpool, the fans should study every frame of this magnificent work for its pure unadulterated genius,” Liefeld told ComicBook.com last month. “As always, I’m in awe. Aren’t we all?”
Deadpool 2 hits theaters on June 1, 2018. Other upcoming X-Men movies include The New Mutants on April 13, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018, and Gambit on February 14, 2019.