The reaction to Deadpool is some of the most divisive I’ve ever witnessed. For many the first Deadpool trailers (the most recent red band trailer in particular) are a demonstration of fan demands getting real results. After the disastrous debut of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fan demands turned a visual effects test reel into a cause, with the footage’s rapturous reception directly resulting in an announced release date for the rebooted Deadpool’s movie.
But on the flipside are those who think Deadpool looks like a sweaty, try-hard, desperate effort at comedy, like a frat house open mic night.
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Now that Feb. 12 release date approaches and it’s still unclear whether Deadpool will be the funniest superhero movie ever made, or the equivalent of full-sensory diarrhea—as Ryan Reynolds says the word “chimichanga” over and over again amongst a burbling excretion of comedy-esque verbiage—how can we determine, objectively, whether Deadpool will be funny or not?
Let’s turn to Twitter, where this heated Deadpool debate rages.
It use to be ludicrous to try to predict what would become the most unfunny movie in the whole universe...Up until they announced Deadpool.
— Luc Desjardins (@Its_MrLuc_ToYou) January 4, 2016
Well, that sews that controversy up. Not only does Deadpool look unfunny, but it might be the least funny movie in the whole universe. But before we declare this debate settled, let’s check Twitter one more time, on the improbable off-chance that maybe someone on there has a different opinion.
Deadpool with probably be the funniest superhero movie ever
— Paul (@PaulMoore4995) January 4, 2016
Trailer reactions of dudes seeing the shot of Deadpool's taint is the funniest thing to see.
— Clint Weirdo Barton (@AnArchersHonor) December 27, 2015
That certainly makes things trickier. The Deadpool movie might have “the funniest thing to see.” This flies right in the face of those who think Deadpool looks like a riotous calamity of anti-humor. It seems we found ourselves in a place of uncertainty when it comes to rating the comedy of Deadpool in advance of the release date.
There are many haters:
I don't know the Deadpool comic but in the trailer he comes off as annoying, unfunny and aimed for a 14 year old boy. Am I wrong?
— Star Wars Junk (@StarWarsJunk) December 29, 2015
Really hope Deadpool's movie is better than the trailers have suggested. Shit's unfunny as hell.
— SHiFTY (@joaopac) December 26, 2015
Despite all the unfunny ads I tried to convince myself Deadpool would be good but I can't pretend any more and I never want to see him again
— Patrick Cosmos (@veryimportant) December 25, 2015
Man, was that Deadpool trailer unfunny.
— Pechter (@TheInspecter) December 25, 2015
@nightsinlights "deadpool will be the movie all the unfunny dudebros will be quoting next year"
— star trash (@thrublckestnite) August 12, 2015
After a 6th viewing of the trailer, I can't believe how unfunny Deadpool looks.
— emmanuel (@Emmanuel_S18) August 6, 2015
And there are even people using the word “woefully”:
Am I the only person who thinks the #Deadpool trailers make the movie look woefully unfunny and dull?
— James Hazelden (@jameshazelden) December 26, 2015
But still, even with this heaping mound of anecdotal data that would seem to prove Deadpool unfunny, the movie has just as many defenders:
deadpool is gonna be the funniest marvel movie
— pinja |-/ (@182PILCTS) December 26, 2015
Dead pool bouta be the funniest movie
— KYLEFATHERS (@kyleezus) December 25, 2015
unpopular opinion (maybe?) I'm more excited about Deadpool than about Civil War. That movie just looks like the funniest sh*t ever.
— swag luthor (@c_laudina) December 25, 2015
Funniest shit ever!!! Deadpool Official Red Band Trailer #2 (2016) - Ryan Reynolds & Ed Skrein Movie HD https://t.co/jcBRQrZcw9
— Charles (@ChikoGuap) December 25, 2015
DEADPOOL MOVIE BOUTA BE THE FUNNIEST MOVIE OF 2K16
— bri (@briannarxv) December 5, 2015
Deadpool is going to have the funniest dialogue of any Superhero movie next year. Man I can't wait.
— Sean (@SeanReezy25) November 9, 2015
Batman vs Superman looks great but I am sorry Deadpool will be the greatest/funniest superhero movie of all time.
— Jack (@eNsKy_JD) August 15, 2015
So it seems we can’t come to a final conclusion in the pre-release debate on whether or not Deadpool will be really funny or not funny. The world will have its final answer on Feb 12, when the Deadpool movie comes out in theaters and we’ll finally all agree on whether or not it was funny and no one will ever angrily wield people’s taste as a litmus test for individual self-worth again.