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Every Ryan Reynolds Deadpool costume, ranked

From the worst of the worst to the best.

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Deadpool fans everywhere are rejoicing after photos of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman on set of Deadpool 3 were released earlier this week. While Hugh Jackman’s new bright yellow Wolverine costume has grabbed most of the attention, some have noticed Deadpool got himself a new look as well. It’s not the first time the two heroes have been on the big screen together (though I can’t blame you if you want to forget the first time Deadpool appeared in a film), but Deadpool 3 will be the first time they appear as part of the MCU.

The new movie is scheduled for a 2024 release, a whole six years after Deadpool 2 came out in 2018. While the first two Deadpool films weren’t considered part of the MCU, Deadpool 3 will release as part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Five after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019. Despite coming to a new home, fans of Deadpool’s foul-mouthed humor don’t need to fear; the film is supposed to keep its R-rating. Rest assured that Deadpool will still be the same as always — he’s just getting a little bit of a makeover, and if you’ve seen some of his other film appearances, that might not be a bad thing.

While there’s nothing wrong with how Deadpool looks in his standalone films, not every costume Ryan Reynolds has worn was created equal. Here’s our ranking of every Deadpool costume Reynolds has worn in his movie appearances so far.

5. That cursed Deadpool monstrosity in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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The first time Reynolds played Deadpool was in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where the powers that be infamously chose to literally seal mouth of a hero who’s known for his one-liners and jokes. It’s almost symbolic of how little love was paid to the source material; even his battle in the climactic scene against Wolverine feels like a fight between Logan and some generic baddie. Reynolds has gone on to express his dislike of this look and I can’t blame him.

4. Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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When we meet regular mercenary Wade Wilson while he still can use his mouth, it seem like we’re getting a tiny bit closer to the Deadpool we know and tolerate (just kidding, you know we love you Wade). While he’s not nearly as funny nor is he really allowed to break the fourth wall, this costume is a lot better than whatever that was at the end of the film. Bonus points for the cool bullet slicing scene and the time it was parodied in Deadpool 2.

3. X-Force suit Easter egg in Deadpool 2

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Toward the end of Deadpool 2, Russell burns Deadpool’s suit, making it appear a smoky dark grey color instead of its usual red. The look is a nod to the hero’s X-Force suit that appears in the comics which makes a lot of sense in a film that introduces an iteration of the X-Force. It’s a cool look for Deadpool, but since it’s more of an Easter egg than an actual fleshed-out costume, it’s hard to rank it much higher than this on our list. Hopefully the real thing shows up in a later film!

2. The 20th Century Fox costume from Deadpool and Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds has seemingly secured his next project after 'Deadpool 3'
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Now this is more like it. This is the quintessential Deadpool costume. It’s got his signature mask, a nice red color with dark grey (or maybe black, but worn from all the grime that comes with beating people up) accents, and of course his swords. The belt is a nice touch and makes sense with the rest of the suit. This is exactly like how Deadpool should look.

1. The new and improved suit in Deadpool 3

Is this a controversial take? If it is, I’m standing by it. The new suit doesn’t look too different compared to the costume Reynolds wears in the first two Deadpool films, and that’s a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with the original costume, but from the look of these set photos, the Deadpool 3 suit is a little brighter and plays with accents a bit more than the previous suits. For his first MCU appearance, it makes sense to give Deadpool a slightly upgraded suit and I think this suits him nicely. Granted, these are just set photos so if it looks bad in the finished film, I’ll gladly eat my words.

Staci White
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Staci White

Since the moment she listened to her first Britney Spears CD at the tender age of six, Staci has been a lover of all things pop culture. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors in Linguistics and somehow turned her love of music, movies, and media into a career as a freelance writer. When she’s not writing for WGTC, she’s busy fulfilling her own pop star dreams as a singer/songwriter or hanging out at her local coffee shops.