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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4. The opening credits (Deadpool)

Ah, the opening credits of 2016's Deadpool, where the Merc with a Mouth not so subtly flipped the bird to traditional superhero movie intros, and in doing so, crafted a legendary moment in comic book cinema.

Rather than the usual heroic poses or ominous teases, we're thrust into a slow-motion carnival of chaos inside a flipping SUV. But it's not just the eye-popping action that grabs you - it's the wickedly clever way the film introduces its cast and crew. Instead of names, we get roles like "A Hot Chick," "A CGI Character," and yes, "A British Villain" - because why bother with names when stereotypes will do, right? This irreverent roll call doesn't just mock Hollywood's clichés - it straps them to a rocket and launches them into the stratosphere, all while Deadpool conducts the orchestra of mayhem with the glee of a kid in a candy store that sells hand grenades.

What truly elevates this scene into the pantheon of Deadpool's greatest hits is the seamless blend of humor, violence, and sheer audacity.

It's the perfect way to really set the tone for the entire movie, signaling to audiences that this ride will chuckle at its own absurdity while serving up a hefty dose of carnage. By the time the opening credits end, you're not just buckled in - you're already begging for more, fully aware that you're in for a movie that takes itself as seriously as Deadpool takes his beauty regimen. This opening sequence is a thesis statement for the character - a blend of meta-commentary, slapstick, and a pinch (or bucket) of vulgarity.

In a genre often criticized for becoming formulaic, Deadpool's opening credits stand as a gleeful middle finger to convention, making it one of his best and most iconic moments ever.