April 6-7, 2024
With the release of Once Upon A Deadpool this Thursday, we thought we’d take a closer look at Supa-Star Stefan Kapicic, and what he brings to the role of Deadpool favourite Colossus.
Deadpool 2 proved that the franchise was more than just a one-hit wonder, and the Merc with a Mouth doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, taking full advantage of that highly contentious (and lucrative) R 18+ rating. And whilst all eyes have been glued to the titular character, Fox has been developing a universe of its own in the process, full of interesting characters pulled straight from the pages of the comics.
Back in 1975, bound in the pages of Giant-Size X-Men #1, was the debut appearance of Colossus, a creation of writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum. A Russian mutant and a member of the X-Men, Colossus was far different to the superheroes Marvel had already featured, becoming an instant favourite in the eyes of the audience with his physically imposing figure and heart of steel.
The comics saw the gentle giant suffer from conflicting emotions, struggling to control his newfound powers. Of course, he’d inevitably end up using his strength for good, as he was recruited by Cable to join the X-Force, serving as the team’s primary muscle.
When the X-Men universe was being established on the cinema screen back in the early ‘00s, Colossus was brought to life in the form of Daniel Cudmore, making appearances in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. He got some development, through his relationship with Professor X, but the character was lacking a sense of authenticity, be it through the voice, or the stature… but by the time 2016 had rolled around, a change was imminent, and necessary.
Providing the voice and motion capture, Stefan Kapicic became the voice of reason and comedic foil to a chaotic Deadpool, the perfect straight man to DP’s crazy antics. What Kapicic brought to the role extends far beyond the mannerisms though, creating a multi-faceted character that excelled in comic relief, bonkers fight scenes, and emotional moments.
Recognized as the most underrated and overlooked character in the first film, the sequel allowed for more screen time and a development of his own character arc. And while the sequel didn’t leave much to the imagination, Deadpool will reunite Colossus and the rest of the ill-fated X-Force for a more festive and family-friendly retelling of the story in Once Upon A Deadpool.
Kidnapping Fred Savage and forcing him into the same character he played in The Princess Bride, Deadpool stands into the role of storyteller, reimagining the events of Deadpool 2. When asked why he is there, Deadpool simply replies to Savage with “so I can read you the story of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence.” Neither sequel nor reboot, it gives the audience a different viewing experience and includes never before seen footage.
So, why should we see it? Once Upon A Deadpool isn’t a cheap money-laundering attempt at Christmas, but instead takes aim at a more serious cause. Proceeds from the film will be donated to non-profit organisation Fudge Cancer, something we can all get behind this festive season.
Once Upon A Deadpool hits cinemas on December 13, and don’t worry, it’s suitable for children.