Editor’s note: Fox is cracking down on YouTube versions of the Deadpool trailer—which, to be fair, was supposed to be for Comic-Con attendees’ eyes only—so if the video above isn’t working rest assured we’re searching for a new version.
Watch the Deadpool trailer, leaked from fan footage at Comic Con, and get stoked on what star Ryan Reynolds says is “the most faithful adaptation of a comic book to a movie [he’s] ever seen.”
No one is more excited to see this thing finally happening than Reynolds. It’s taken him 11 years to get Deadpool made. “I think it’s an absolute miracle that a studio let us make Deadpool, let alone a Rated-R Deadpool,” Reynolds told Comic-Con.
As Reynolds explained to the crowd, it’s largely thanks to fans (and the internet). In 2012, a 3-minute test reel was shot to convince studio heads the movie should be made. It was ultimately leaked online, and everyone lost their minds because it was perfect—a strange challenge to begin with, since Deadpool, as a character, is equally dependent on heavy violence and goofball humor, all taken in stride with a constant breaking of the fourth wall.
It was celebrated because Reynolds and director Tim Miller (thankfully) moved forward with a version of Deadpool that has nothing to do with the one Reynolds played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Who’s bright idea was it to sew the merc with a mouth’s trap shut anyway?
Although, to Marvel’s credit, this truer portrayal Deadpool may have something to do with the altered timeline featured in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The trailer is being hyped as one of the best-received pieces at this year’s Comic Con. Now comes the waiting. All the beloved ultraviolence and sass hits theaters February 2016.