Technically, Ryan Reynolds first played the mutant mercenary known as Wade Wilson in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but he didn't get to go full Deadpool. That version of the character, who went from a guy who looked like Ryan Reynolds to a much-lampooned monstrosity, never achieved the comedic blockbuster heights of Reynolds' current run as Deadpool, and so he's often shoved aside by fans. The real Deadpool, for many of us, didn't arrive onscreen until 2016. Now, with Deadpool 2 officially a hit, Reynolds is celebrating that version of the character with a look back at his first brush with him.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Reynolds celebrated Deadpool 2's second week at the box office by posting a pair of photos to his Twitter page, but they're not from the production of the sequel. These photos actually date back to 2015, when Reynolds — who fought for years to finally get Deadpool made — finally donned the iconic red and black suit for the first time.
Deadpool 2 viewers will know that, by the end of that film, parts of the character's suit are held together by duct tape because of all the beatings, slashings, and shootings he's taken, so it's kind of jarring to see Reynolds wearing something so pristine just three years ago. It's also a little jarring to see him looking like Ryan Reynolds instead of the eternally scarred Wade Wilson.
Since this photo was taken, that suit's been through everything from on-set stunts to music videos to appearances on The Late Show, and it's not done yet. With Deadpool 2's massive $500 million global gross (and counting), the Merc With a Mouth's big-screen future looks very bright indeed, so Reynolds might need some more duct tape.
Deadpool 2 is now playing.