Whether you know him as Deadpool, Green Lantern, or even as the actor behind ‘Aviator’ Jack Rollins, Ryan Reynolds has made quite a name for himself within the world of film. As one of the most successful leading actors of the past few decades, Reynolds has starred in a variety of box office hits, garnering the praise of audiences and critics alike. However, there’s no doubt that it was the role of the Merc with a Mouth that ultimately put him on the path to stardom.
With Deadpool’s memorable quips, witty dialogue, and constant fourth-wall breaking antics, he has become one of the most iconic characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite being rejected multiple times by studio execs, due to its abhorrent violence and sardonic humor, the character achieved a cult-like following. So, let’s take a look at some of the best movies that Reynolds has starred in that have made fans irrepressibly happy all over the world.
The first, and arguably greatest, Deadpool movie was released in 2016. This was the movie that saw Ryan Reynolds don the red and black spandex to fully become the wise-cracking vigilante. The story follows Wade Wilson (Reynolds), who’s a former Special Forces operator turned hired mercenary, who, in an effort to cure his rapidly declining health, is turned into an unstoppable killing machine after a series of experiments done by an unethical scientist. Though the movie had a relatively small budget of $58 million, it ended up grossing a huge $783 million, making it the fourth-most successful film in the X-Men franchise.
Deadpool 2 was released in 2018 and saw the return of Ryan Reynolds and the introduction of some awesome new characters. Chasing a cybernetic prison transport vehicle across the city, Deadpool must save a troubled teen from the clutches of evil cyborg Cable. The movie brought in a total gross of $785 million worldwide and was a certified commercial success.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released in 2017 and stars Ryan Reynolds alongside Samuel L. Jackson. The movie follows a bodyguard who is hired to protect a notorious hitman who’s looking to testify against a bloodthirsty dictator. With an ensemble cast including Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, and Elodie Yung, Reynolds and Jackson bring forth some fantastic comedic moments that make for an entertaining movie. The movie made a total gross of $176 million worldwide, and was met with mixed reviews from critics.
Released in 2019, 6 Underground is an action-comedy movie directed by Michael Bay and stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, and Ben Hardy. The movie follows a team of vigilante mercenaries as they attempt to avenge the death of their loved ones by enacting a plan to overthrow a bad-guy dictator of a European city-state. With its outrageous stunts, as well as its all-star cast, the movie arrived with great anticipation, ultimately grossing $134 million.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a movie based on the iconic character of the same name. After the disappearance of his father, Tim Goodman teams up with Pikachu, voiced by Reynolds, to track down a mysterious energy source and save the day. It received generally positive reviews, with critics praising its unique visual design and its witty dialogue. It has made a total gross of $433 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing video game adaptation ever.
From his breakthrough role in ‘Deadpool’ to the classic buddy-cop flick ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’, Ryan Reynolds has proven time and time again that he is a versatile actor. He brings a sense of charm and humor to each and every role he plays, making him one of the most beloved actors of the past few decades. With such a plethora of great blockbusters under his belt, it’s surely only a matter of time before we see Reynolds grace the big screen once again.