7 best Deadpool moments, ranked

This is my casual love letter to Ryan Reynolds (and his portrayal of Deadpool) as we relive some of Deadpool's absolute best moments on the big screen as well as in comics.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in Marvel Studios' DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios / © and ™ 2024 MARVEL.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in Marvel Studios' DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios / © and ™ 2024 MARVEL. /
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6. The Bob Ross trailer (Deadpool 2)

In a world where movie trailers are often criticized for being too formulaic or spoiling the best parts, Deadpool swung for the fences and hit a home run with the Bob Ross parody trailer for Deadpool 2.

Imagine a superhero movie trailer that spends its first minute not on explosions or dramatic face-offs, but on Deadpool, clad in Ross' iconic permed wig and denim get-up, cheerily slapping paint on a canvas. This isn't just a trailer - it's a masterstroke (no pun intended) of marketing genius that captures Deadpool's irreverent soul. By spoofing Bob Ross, a figure beloved for his peaceful painting tutorials and soothing voice, Deadpool (the Merc with a Mouth known for his anything-but-peaceful antics) bridges the gap between the absurd and the delightful.

This trailer is a juxtaposition that's as hilarious as it is unexpected, reminding us all that in Deadpool's world, art, violence, and humor blend together like titanium white and phthalo blue on a painter's palette.

But why stop at mere absurdity? The genius of the Bob Ross trailer lies not just in its humor, but in its subtle cleverness. Each paint color - ranging from "Drying Pan Red" to "Betty White" - is a nod to the Deadpool franchise's themes, characters, or Deadpool's own irreverent take on life. It's as if Deadpool himself hijacked the marketing meeting, armed with nothing but a paintbrush and a vision. This moment transcends mere advertising to become a cultural touchstone, demonstrating that Deadpool doesn't just break the fourth wall - he demolishes it with a paint roller, all while wearing a smile and a permed wig. It's a testament to the character's appeal: a perfect blend of comedy, critique, and a deep, unabashed love for pop culture.

The Bob Ross trailer is another example of Deadpool at his best, turning what could have been a standard promo into a viral sensation that fans would watch, rewatch, and share, proving that sometimes, the best way to sell a movie about an unconventional hero is with an equally unconventional trailer.