Deadpool is one of the most exciting films coming out this year, partly because it looks great (thanks to the excellent marketing campaign), but also because it could lead to some big changes in the kind of films we see in the next few years. So to celebrate the merc with a mouth finally getting his début feature film, here are 7 thing you didn’t know about Deadpool.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Deadpool

1 – Reel sneak peek

The first time we saw this version of Deadpool was in a three-minute animated test reel, which was received so well that the scene made it into the final film.

2 – Our R

After much speculation and discussion, Deadpool was finally confirmed to be R rated, the first time this has happened for a film based on a Marvel property since Punisher: War Zone. It is however the first X-men film to receive this rating theatrically.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Deadpool

3 – Muscling in

When it was first made, the Deadpool costume had a built-in layer of muscle, but when he put it on Ryan Reynolds was already too muscular, so it didn’t look right.

4 – Blame Canada

Deadpool is one of the most famous Canadian superheroes, so it’s only fitting that the film was shot in Vancouver!

5 – 5th time lucky?

This will mark the fifth time Ryan Reynolds has appeared in a comic book adaptation. He was in Blade Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern and R.I.P.D, none of which were particularly well received, so let’s hope Deadpool can turn this track record around!

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Deadpool

6 – A Colossal success?

One of the other X-Men to feature in this film is Colossus, who for the first time will be portrayed as being Russian, as he is in the comics.

7 – Sequel time

Quite literally everyone involved wants to make a sequel, with the director Tim Miller, star Ryan Reynolds and a number of other people having stated this even before the films release. Let’s hope audiences want that too.

Is there anything interesting about Deadpool that we’ve missed? Feel free to add more interesting facts and trivia in the comments below!