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DEADPOOL Movie Costume is Off Limits for Marvel Comics

The costume worn by Ryan Reynolds in the first two Deadpool movies is remarkable for its fidelity to the source material. It’s not an exact replica of the outfit worn by Wade Wilson in the comics, but it is very true to the spirit of it. However, there are apparently rules in place which will keep Marvel from using the Deadpool movie costume in the Deadpool comics, even as a throwaway gag.

Via Syfy Wire, artist Reilly Brown revealed that he attempted to use Deadpool’s movie costume in a recent issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool. Within the context of the story, Deadpool is working as a stuntman on the set of a Deadpool movie. The movie suit was just meant to be a visual callback to the real films, but Brown was forced to take it out.

Someone asked if I’d ever drawn Deadpool in his movie costume, and I actually did once, for an issue of Spideypool. In this story, Wade got a part in a Deadpool movie playing as the stunt double. For the scenes on set, I thought it would be fun if he wore the actual movie costume, so that’s what I drew. I didn’t think anyone would notice or care, since the difference is just a couple of straps and some knee pads. But they did notice, and made me change it back to his typical character design, because the lawyers wouldn’t allow them to use the movie costume for some reason! So weird. So I had to redraw that Deadpool in all those scenes. The moral of the story: study your licensing deals! #dailydeadpool #spideypool #deadpool #costumes #freelancelife #reillybrown

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In a subsequent post, Brown shared a panel where he intended to “vaguely” use Reynolds’ likeness for the actor playing Deadpool in the comic. That was also shut down by Marvel, so he redrew the face and gave the actor a mustache.

We can think of one way around this restriction: Marvel should license Reynolds’ likeness directly from the actor himself! Think about it. That could even lead to a Deadpool vs. Ryan Reynolds event miniseries. It’s just Deadpool enough that it might work. The ball’s in your court, Marvel!

What do you think about the Deadpool movie costume restriction? Let us know in the comment section below!

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