My, my, how did we get here? How did we go from Ryan Reynolds probably leaking test footage of Deadpool doing glossy CGI murder to a bunch of thugs to a full blown panel at Comic-Con and a reveal of the red band trailer to Deadpool on Conan? How in the world did we get to a point where we are finally letting Reynolds make the best case for a career resurgence with a movie that is absolutely him?

Alright, let’s get to the bare facts. Deadpool as a character (at the moment) doesn’t belong to Disney & Marvel. I mean, technically he’s part of the Marvel Universe but his rights are owned by FOX who decided that it was a smart idea to wire his damn mouth shut and make him look more like a burn victim with blades for hands in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He’s also the equivalent of every comic book fan who wishes Batman broke his one rule, that Superman wasn’t a big walking stick of morality and conscious and is so damn unconventional that him shooting and stabbing people is awesome. Deadpool is the hero the darkest recesses of your mind has always wanted, always breaking the fourth wall just to get one more joke out. Now that wise-cracking, swear spewing ‘Merc With A Mouth’ is getting a full length movie. How excited are people for Deadpool? The red band trailer has been watched over 3 million times in less than sixteen hours being on YouTube.

Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a Special Forces operative who finds out he has inoperable cancer. How is he talked into surviving? By the same people who gave Wolverine his andamantium claws and given a serum to rid the cancer. All they happen to do is make him invulnerable and when the lab blows up, he turns into an order of a fresh order of Popeyes.

Don’t turn a guy who doesn’t want a green suit that happens to be animated into an anti-hero because he’ll do crazy things. As the Comic-Con trailer proved, a large chunk of Deadpool’s universe is coming to life in the feature film. Even though he fails to mention Negasonic Teenage Warhard, there’s shots of Copycat, Weasel, Leslie Uggams (!) playing Blind Al, Colossus getting more love here than he has in any X-Men film before and that’s just in the first two minutes. The F-word is used aplenty, Ryan Reynolds has joked about masturbation and there’s basically a near complete reenactment of the CGI footage that got us here in the first place. What we’re trying to say is … Deadpool will be amazing next February and we will all be better people for it.