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By SARAH SHURGE, Guest Writer

As a Marvel movie enthusiast, I’m always thrilled when another film is added to the collection. Over spring break I decided to see the newest release, Deadpool, and I was not disappointed.

After an intriguing opening sequence in which we get a taste of the essence of who Deadpool is as he destroys a convoy carrying his archenemy, Ajax (Ed Skrein), the majority of the film plays out in flashbacks. Throughout the flashbacks, we learn that Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. Wilson comically narrates the movie and strings you along to believe this is a love story between him and his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) until he is diagnosed with late-stage cancer and agrees to submit to the testing of the Weapon X program, which supposedly would save his life. Wilson is experimented on by Ajax, who tortures, disfigures and transforms him into a mutant with accelerated healing and enhanced fighting powers. After a dramatic and violent fight scene in a burning building, Wilson escapes and takes on the name Deadpool, and with help from his friend Weasel (T.J. Miller), trains to hunt down Ajax who is the only hope in fixing his appearance so he can return to Vanessa.

Though the film had a relatively straightforward storyline – boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, tragedy strikes, a poor-choice is made, and someone is wronged – which evolves into an equally straightforward tale of revenge, the movie is refreshingly laced with humor to help move the plot along and make it feel one of a kind.

While Deadpool is the most unconventional anti-hero, as displayed throughout the movie, violently murdering those who have done him wrong, he is comically placed in the most unexpected situations for a costumed character such as taking a cab, doing his laundry or relaxing at home while his blind elderly roommate attempts to build IKEA furniture.

In the end, with help from two X-Men allies, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic), Deadpool hunts down Ajax with intent to kill him and is faced with a choice of being a hero or not.

With its R-rating for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity, this movie was not made for someone with a queasy stomach or a low tolerance to sarcastic humor, one-liners and put-downs. However, if that’s your cup of tea, it is one I would recommend seeing, as I laughed along with every joke. It is not your traditional Marvel movie for the kids, and there will probably never be another like it.