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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3. Breaking the Fourth Wall (All. The. Time.)

Ah, Deadpool, Marvel's irreverent merc with a mouth, who treats the fourth wall less like a barrier and more like a revolving door, constantly stepping through it to chat with us, the audience. It kind of reminds me of my own writing style, if I may be honest.

This habit of his to break the fourth wall all the freaking time isn't just a quirky trait - it's a revolutionary act that turns traditional storytelling on its head. Imagine sitting down to read a comic or watch a movie, expecting to be a silent observer, and suddenly, the main character winks at you and spills the beans on the plot, or mocks his own writer. It's like being in on an inside joke with a friend who just happens to be a gun-toting, katana-wielding antihero. This self-awareness allows Deadpool to transcend the confines of his fictional universe, making him not just a character in a story but a comrade in arms against the absurdity of life (and comic book logic).

But why is this one of Deadpool's best moments? Because it single-handedly elevates him from just another comic book character to cultural icon status.

Through breaking the fourth wall, Deadpool invites us into his world with a level of intimacy and irreverence unmatched by his peers. He comments on everything from narrative clichés to the inconsistencies of his own storyline, making us laugh while also making us think about the nature of storytelling itself, and Reynolds knows how to do it so damn well. It's a narrative device that allows Deadpool to connect with the audience in a way that's both entertaining and insightful, making us part of his adventures. This constant engagement is not just entertaining - it's a reminder of the power of storytelling and its ability to bridge worlds.

Deadpool doesn't just acknowledge his existence as a comic book character - he revels in it, and in doing so, he becomes a meta-commentary on comics, movies, and the entire superhero genre. It's Deadpool's world, and we're just living in it, eagerly waiting for the next time he decides to pull us aside for a quick chat.