Deadpool 101: 11 Facts about the fun — but edgy — superhero flick

Deadpool is an homage to outsiders with superpowers and takes risks from the opening credits all the way to the secret extra scene after the film is over. If you love any of the X-Men, you’ll love this movie.

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1. Deadpool is rated “R”

Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, is very funny, but it’s mostly teen boy humor in the form of penis and masturbation jokes. Reynolds is smooth as silk as Deadpool; the actor clearly enjoys the raunchy humor, but his self-deprecating style doesn’t make him much of a role model for young kids.

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2. It’s an origin story

Given that Deadpool is one of the lesser-known X-Men, it makes sense that about half the film is dedicated to revealing how the mortal Wade Wilson got his superpowers and his strange name.

3. A very accessible superhero

In the comic books, Deadpool is also known as Merc with a Mouth for his inability to stop his incessant editorializing, often breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience. This feels inspired by the classic film from 1986, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, where Ferris shares his personal thoughts straight into the camera.

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4. The self-deprecating humor begins in the opening credits

Instead of listing the real names of the filmmakers, the credits say things like “produced by asshats” and directed by “an overpaid tool.” These get the audience laughing from the get-go and set the tone.

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5. Other X-Men characters make an appearance

Both Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) team up to help Deadpool. But sadly, no one else. The movie makes a joke that they couldn’t afford any big stars, which is likely true.

6. Reynolds is mega-charming

Though we don’t know if a sequel is in the works, Reynolds plays Deadpool as the guy women want to date and men want to pal around with. He’s a winner.

7. A female “henchwoman” named Angel Dust

Angel Dust (Gina Carano) is the muscle behind Deadpool’s torturer and nemesis, Ajax (Ed Skrein). It’s very cool to see a woman whose superpower is using her adrenaline to create super-strength. Carano, a mixed martial arts champion, said, “It’s kind of like that horse that you want to let the reins go on a bit. I feel like Ajax has the reins and Angel Dust says, ‘Oh, I’m ready. Put me in.'”

8. Sister Margaret’s Home for Wayward Girls is actually a bar

While this establishment, run by Weasel (T.J. Miller), sounds like a place for lost Catholic girls, it’s actually a secret pub where mercenaries like Deadpool go to drown their problems in a bottle of whiskey.

9. Stan Lee makes a cameo

Creator of so much of the Marvel universe, Stan Lee shows up in a strip club, of all places, and it’s hilarious.

10. Reynolds studied the moves of Muhammad Ali

The stunt coordinators wanted Deadpool to have that carefree, light-on-his-feet approach during the action sequences, but it was also important that he pack a deadly punch. Ali was the perfect role model.

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11. Stay through the credits

There’s a fun extra scene after the credits that makes an homage to a famous movie. You won’t want to miss it!

Deadpool opens Friday, Feb. 12.

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