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Lead star Ryan Reynolds has today published the first official image from the set - or rather the dressing room, if our eyes doth not deceive us as the working week draws to a much-needed close - of 20th Century Fox's upcoming superhero comedy blockbuster Deadpool.
Most likely best known - for better or for worse - amongst fans of the genre for his portrayal of the titular sword-wielding (yet heartbreakingly mute) anti-hero in the 2009 X-Men spin-off film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (as well as his work on 2011's Green Lantern, but we're sure Marvelites and DC fans alike would much rather forget about that project), Reynolds will not only reprise the role - albeit in a form supposedly far more similar to Deadpool's beloved comic-book incarnation - yet is all but confirmed serve as the third X-Men standalone outing (after Origins and 2013's The Wolverine)'s co-producer as well.
Better yet, Deadpool represents just one of three new instalments in the X-Men Cinematic Universe (as we're inclined to term this particular shared narrative universe from this point onwards) scheduled to launch in 2016 - with the others being X-Men Apocalypse (due May 27th, 2016) and Gambit (October 7th, 2016) - each of which should cast the Earth's Other Mightiest Heroes in a fascinating new light provided that production runs smoothly on the various projects. Only promotional material such as trailers, teasers and the like will confirm whether or not the final products are on the right track in this regard, but if nothing else, that Reynolds' photo of Fox's live-action rendition of the X-Men's endearing yet visceral opponent sports a mask which couldn't look closer to the source material's depiction if it was crafted by the unashamedly sadistic fictional alter-ego of Wade Wilson himself:
Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It's early. 365 sleeps early. #deadpool #prototypes pic.twitter.com/PekFa2KS7SProvided that its protagonist doesn't get carried away as he relishes his first genuine big-screen mission, Deadpool should blast into cinemas worldwide - no doubt breaking the fourth wall in the process - on February 12th, 2016.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 12, 2015