Rob Liefeld gives fans a peek at what Colossus could’ve looked like in Deadpool. The 2016 film brought Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool to life in spectacular fashion; up until then, the character had only appeared in the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool’s film was hilarious and violent, finally giving the Merc with a Mouth the R-rated platform he deserved. Along with Ryan Reynolds’ irreverent performance, came the yin to his character’s yang, Colossus.
Deadpool did justice to Colossus, a character who had been underused in his previous appearances. Before that, the mutant, who can transform himself into a metallic form, appeared in Bryan Singer’s X-Men films. Tim Miller’s film reintroduced Colossus as more than just Professor Xavier’s muscle; in Deadpool, the Russian is a kindhearted mentor of his fellow X-Men and an appropriate foil to Wilson’s “I’m no hero” persona. The banter (which is mostly one-sided) between Wilson and Colossus, played by Stefan Kapičić, contributes to some of the film’s funniest moments.
Rob Liefeld, who co-created Deadpool with Fabian Nicieza for Marvel Comics, posted a piece of concept art to Twitter from Tim Miller’s Deadpool. The piece is one of the first sent to him by Miller and features Deadpool and Colossus. The image is reminiscent of a scene in Deadpool, where Wilson argues with Colossus about being a hero and subsequentially breaks his hands, trying to repeatedly punch the metallic man. However, the Colossus depicted is wearing a costume different than the one seen in the final film; he can be seen sporting a more prominent vest as well as the red and yellow color scheme of his comic book counterpart.
Deadpool became one of the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time, and Colossus a fan favorite. Both comic book characters felt right at home within the film’s script and visuals; although Colossus had less to do in the first him, his role would grow for the sequel. Sure enough, David Leitch took over Tim Miller’s directorial duties for Deadpool 2, where Colossus’ role was expanded.
In Deadpool 2, Colossus fights Juggernaut and becomes a member of the X-Force, all while helping Wilson accept the death of his girlfriend, Vanessa. By the end of Deadpool 2, Wilson has assembled Colossus, Cable, Domino, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Yukio, Russell, and Peter (who he saved in the mid-credits scene along with Vanessa) as members of the X-Force. Since Marvel acquired 20th Century Fox, an X-Force film is no longer on the agenda.
Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working with Marvel on Deadpool 3. Although it wasn’t a part of their Phase Four announcement at Comic-Con, Marvel president Kevin Feige has expressed a desire to continue the Deadpool franchise as is. It will be interesting to see how its R-rated universe works within Disney/Marvel’s family-friendly brand, a situation that is further complicated by the already established MCU.