"Please don't make the super-suit green... or animated!" Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson shouts at the creepy-looking scientists promising to make him into a superhero in the recently released official trailer of Deadpool. This one line proves that the upcoming movie is confident it will deliver to comic-book fans everything that Reynolds' previous superhero movie, Green Lantern, didn't.
This might fan the flames of the DC vs Marvel fire, but it immediately sets up the kind of film 20th Century Fox's Deadpool is going to be - tongue firmly in cheek. Another thing that Deadpool seems to be offering up by the bucket-load, is violence.
Back in March 2015, Reynolds voiced on Twitter that he hoped Deadpool was going to be R-rated, so that it could stay as true to the original Marvel comics as possible. And now, judging by the trailer, it seems the Selfless actor has definitely got his wish.
At first it seemed the studio were hesitant to embrace the more Sin City-type feel to the character, despite him being a brutal and often crass anti-hero in the comics, but the trailer proves that they understood the need for Deadpool to be portrayed this way, with the exaggerated violence and often rude humour.
Arguably one of Marvel's most popular characters, Deadpool was originally Wade Wilson, a former wild child, then Special Forces operative turned mercenary who becomes the subject of an underground organisation as they experimented on him in an attempt to harness his fighting skills and turn him into a human weapon. But their experiments leave him with accelerated healing powers and heightened skills - the perfect combination to exact revenge on those who made him this way, don't you think?
Whilst Deadpool is obviously what everyone wants to see in this movie, within the sneak peak, we also see Homeland's Morena Baccarin feature as Wilson's girlfriend Vanessa Carlysle. Comic-book fans will know Wilson fell in love with Carlysle when they were both a little down and out, and the pair dreamed of a better life. A plot that this movie will apparently depict itself, as the video starts with Wilson stating: "You just promise you'll do right by me, so I can do right by someone else," to the people who want to change him into Deadpool, whilst images of he and Vanessa flash up on screen.
Baccarin is listed under both Vanessa and Copycat on IMDb, indicating that mutant Vanessa will adopt her comic-book alter-ego at some point during the film – however, there's no hint of that in the official trailer.
We also get a glimpse of known characters Ajax (Ed Skrein), a mercenary who was employed by the Workshop, a hospice for failed super-soldiers, which operates as part of the Weapon X project. The project not only famously turned Wilson into Deadpool after owner Dr. Killebrew enacted questionable and sadistic experiments on him, but also created the likes of Wolverine, Leech and Sabretooth across the Marvel franchises.
Other familiar faces seen in the snippet include Deadpool's best friend and sidekick, Weasel (T.J Miller) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, aka Ellie Phimister, a mutant character first seen as part of the X-Men universe in the comics. She will be played in the upcoming Deadpool movie by Brianna Hildebrand. Despite being relatively villainous in her literary life, it is assumed that she will be some sort of ally to Wilson.
Deadpool will be released in UK cinemas on 5 February 2016.