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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2. Deadpool's fight against Ajax (Deadpool)

The final showdown between Deadpool and Ajax in the 2016 Deadpool movie is a thing of chaotic beauty, a veritable symphony of snark, swords, and self-awareness that only Deadpool could conduct.

This isn't just your garden-variety superhero fight - it's an all-out exhibition of Deadpool's unique brand of justice, served up with a side of hilariously inventive violence and topped with a generous sprinkle of quips that could only spring from the mind of Wade Wilson. We see Deadpool, our beloved Merc with a Mouth, slicing through Ajax's goons with the grace of a ballet dancer (if ballet dancers were armed with katanas and had a penchant for breaking the fourth wall). It's a fight scene that's as much a performance as it is a brawl, with Deadpool delivering one-liners as effortlessly as he delivers headshots.

The combination of his unorthodox fighting style, peppered with moments of unexpected vulnerability, and his relentless humor under pressure doesn't just entertain - it cements Deadpool's status as the antihero we can't help but root for.

What makes this face-off truly one of Deadpool's best moments is the way it encapsulates everything we love about the character. It's not just about the physical fight against Ajax, it's a battle for Deadpool's very essence: his fight for love, revenge, and a chance at redemption wrapped in a tortilla of self-referential comedy. As the fight progresses, we see the layers of Deadpool's character unfold - his indomitable spirit, his refusal to die (literally and figuratively), and his deep-seated desire to protect those he cares about, all while never missing a beat in his comedic commentary. This climactic battle is a testament to Deadpool's resilience, his ability to laugh in the face of danger (and make us laugh along with him), and his unyielding pursuit of his own twisted sense of justice.

In a genre often criticized for taking itself too seriously, Deadpool's fight against Ajax is a refreshing reminder that it's possible to save the day, get the girl, and still have time to make a joke about Hugh Jackman. It's Deadpool in his purest form, and it's utterly glorious.