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First Queer Superhero Lead? Ryan Reynolds Opens Up About “Deadpool’s” Fluid Sexuality

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 11.02.03 AMRyan Reynolds‘ upcoming anti-hero X-Men spinoff film Deadpool has been a long time in the making. But with a release date only three months out, Reynolds and the film’s director, Tim Miller, are letting their guards down and speaking candidly about the challenging film and its lead character.

And one topic that’s sure to spark further dialogue is Deadpool’s sexuality.

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In the Marvel Comics character’s mythology, Deadpool has been portrayed as an omnisexual flirt who will go after any gender that happens to strike his fancy at any particular time.

Deadpool’s co-creator Fabian Nicieza has said “Deadpool is whatever sexual inclination his brain tells him he is in THAT moment. And then the moment passes. Not trying to be dismissive, but readers always want to ‘make a character their own’ and often that is to the exclusion of what the character might mean to other fans. I’ve been dogged with the DP sexuality questions for YEARS. It is a bit tiring. He is NO sex and ALL sexes. He is yours and everyone else’s. So not dismissive, but rather the epitome of inclusive.”

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Or as Tim Miller put it in a recent interview with Collider, “Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.”

Reynolds elaborated, suggesting we’re going to see Deadpool show his sexual side in some provocative ways:

“There is some sexuality in this movie for sure. You kinda think you have moments when you’re shooting where you think, ‘This is, uh, a little excessive. This is a comic book movie. Are we gonna get away with this?’ But so far so good.”

Deadpool is known for being a talker — his nickname is “Merc with a Mouth” — which you can see on full display when he made his debut (also played by Reynolds) in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. 

There’s even some subtle flirting with the guys in the elevator in this scene: