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Why Deadpool’s Success Should Surprise No One

21 February 2016 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that Deadpool’s success should not come as a surprise…

With Deadpool breaking box office records around the world (a bigger opening than The Force Awakens in Russia, oddly), and has been the surprising hit of the 2016 so far, making more than double its budget back in its opening weekend at the Us box office alone.

Deadpool has never been in among the most recognised of comic book characters; emerging in the nineties rather than the golden age of comics, Wade Wilson doesn’t have the recognition factor that Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent or Peter Parker do; we didn’t grow up with reruns of campy sixties TV shows about him, there has never been a darker animated series featuring Mark Hamill; to the general public, Deadpool was all but unknown. With that in mind, its success is an impressive achievement. Having said that, Iron Man »

- Neil Calloway

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