And as we gear up for a spring and summer season of more serious superhero films, Deadpool, played impeccably by Canadian wag Ryan Reynolds, is a palate cleanser. Former Green Beret Wade Wilson remains a foul-mouthed, self-serving prick who has little regard for human life other than his stripper girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) who runs a bar for mercenaries here. This is an R-rated superhero parody—as it should be. After he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wilson agrees to undergo a special treatment that promises a cure. Little does he know that he's going to be a guinea pig for a shadow organization seeking the mutant gene in former soldiers and remaking them into killing machines. The so-called Weapon X program is the same organization responsible for fellow mutant Wolverine. Wilson's mutation gene is a little more hidden than most and requires severe torture by Ajax, played by scene-chewing Brit Ed Skrein, who's impervious to pain, and his mute female powerhouse Angel Dust, played by professional Muay Thai fighter Gina Carano. One of the tortures they inflict upon Wilson wakes up his mutant gene, which like Wolverine allows his cells to regenerate, thus making him pretty hard to kill, but also destroys his skin, making him pretty fucking ugly in the process. Wilson breaks free and destroys the Weapon X lab but loses to Ajax who pins him to the floor, leaving him for dead of course. What follows is a pretty standard revenge flick only this one's on acid: Wilson lives, gets his Deadpool moniker, and makes his suit red to hide the blood when he gets shot, hacked, and sliced throughout the film.