Y’know what I’d like? A Deadpool movie. I’d really, really like that.
One of the things that I feel modern comics are missing is a new character to step up. We haven’t seen that in a while. Where is the next Spider-Man or Wolverine, Batman or Superman?
I don’t think a great new character has been introduced in a long, long time. Plenty of characters have been added to the world of comics, but most of those lack that timeless quality to extend their reign. Spawn may have been big in the 90′s, but that’s kind of his problem. He’s too 90′s. Spawn is to the 90′s as The Hypno-Hustler is to the 70′s. Yes, I said it. Who says I shy away from controversy?
Invincible is a somewhat popular hero, but I’m still not certain he’ll have staying power. Gravity could’ve been great, but Marvel threw him away without a second thought. Nobody but me wants a Slapstick ongoing series (which just shows how far ahead of the curve I am compared to your average citizen). Supergirl and X-23 are just lame knock offs that exist only in some half-hearted attempt to make female characters without having to try anything original. I could name a dozen other characters, all with potential to break out, but I still say that Deadpool IS the next breakout character. Or he could be if Marvel had the guts to actually make him work.
I know I’m the guy who is always complaining about how dark modern comics are, and I stand by that complaint. But I also figure, if you’re going to go ahead and go dark, then try to do something different with it. And Deadpool is perfect for that because he’s dark, but he’s funny. He’s twisted, psychotic, but not exactly a villain either. He might have no problem killing you, but in the end of the day, he’s still not entirely a bad guy.
Bottom line: Deadpool is the best parts of Spider-Man and Wolverine wrapped in one terrific anti-hero package. If Marvel can’t make this work, then they don’t deserve to be publishing comics today.
Their new projects have toyed with bloodshed and more “mature” material. The first Ultimate Avengers animated film was solid, and the Hulk Vs. animated film (especially the Wolverine segment) was great fun. Wolverine actually got to stab some people, and Deadpool lost an arm. That’s just awesome. Clearly, Marvel is willing to give these sort of gritty characters a shot.
Even in the new Wolverine live action movie, Wade Wilson steals the show until he’s reduced to a mute puppet because the writers of that particular film didn’t have enough sense to realize how awesome Deadpool is.
I’ve given comics in general (and Marvel specifically) a lot of crap over the years. I still don’t buy any mainstream Marvel comic simply because I don’t have the time, money, or interest to read internimable stories that go nowhere and end badly. Even Deadpool’s promising new series lost me as soon as it delved into endless crossover hell. (Note to Marvel: No matter how much you try and sell it, Norman Osborne will never be Lex Luthor. Also, Sentry is a really stupid character, and you should have Mephisto retcon him away as soon as possible. But I digress.)
That’s why I want to see an animated Deadpool in his own movie. His own PG-13 Merc with a Mouth adventure that could totally rock if they just had the balls to do it. C’mon, gang. Let’s get on this. Write letters or sign petitions or send out good vibrations. Whatever it takes.
Deadpool deserves his own animated film.
If, on the other hand, this doesn’t happen, then I guess I could settle for a Squirrel Girl film. But I’m not going to settle for anything else. Deadpool or Squirrel Girl. Those are your only two options, Marvel.
Now get it done.
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