Despite the controversy surrounding Wade Wilson's connection to the Weapon XI character in the upcoming "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," insiders keep dropping hints that Ryan Reynolds could reprise his mercenary role in a standalone "Deadpool" spin-off – that is, if fans pony up enough at the box office.
As Splash Page has been reporting since last fall, Fox bigwigs understand the "Merc with a Mouth" is solo material and Reynolds has been a contender to star for years. But who better than Deadpool co-creator Robert Liefeld to drive these points home?
Last week via Twitter, Liefeld posted that he had spoken with "Wolverine" producers who told him there were "definite plans to spin off Deadpool if the box office works." This was bolstered by the fact that the film's re-shoots included more screen time for Reynolds as Wilson, who Liefield mentioned, "was chosen specifically with the idea that he would carry [a possible] solo film."
This raises some serious questions about exactly which version of the character would star in a spin-off. Since Reynolds is playing a Wilson who's destined to become something significantly different from his comic book counterpart, does this mean Hollywood still knows something about the movie Deadpool/Weapon XI that fans don't? Given the unreliability of the leaked version of the film, it looks like Deadpool fans will have to wait until May 1 to find out for sure.
Would the new take on Deadpool lend itself well to a solo film? Is something else entirely planned for Reynolds in a spin-off? Share your suspicions in the comments.