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    Why Only Deadpool Gets Away With Breaking The Fourth Wall

    One of the most unique aspects of the Deadpool movies is the wisecracking anti-hero’s constant habit of shattering the fourth wall. He talks directly to the audience, references the script, and pokes fun at the whole superhero movie genre.

    However, why is Deadpool the only one allowed to get away with the fourth wall breaks? Why can’t Wolverine or any other superhero do the same? Believe it or not, there’s a method to the madness.

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    There’s A Whole “System” Behind Allowing Deadpool To Break The Fourth Wall

    Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
    Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

    As director Shawn Levy said while talking to Vanity Fair, there’s a “system” in place when it comes to Deadpool’s fourth-wall breaks. “There are rules. Very specific rules,” Ryan Reynolds added. “You would diminish stakes in the film if everyone or even anyone else was also aware of the fourth wall or any kind of meta aspect.”

    So, it’s not just random; it’s a deliberate choice to maintain the comedic effect and emotional stakes of the film. The humor relies on Deadpool being the only one ‘knowing’ creating a sense of absurdity and unpredictability. It’s like having a crazy uncle at a family gathering who keeps blurting out nonsensical things. Sure, it’s disruptive, but it’s also strangely endearing (and sometimes hilarious).  

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    Deadpool’s Sanity Or Lack Of It Makes The Fourth Wall Break Fair Game

    Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
    Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

    Deadpool’s entire character is built on a foundation of instability. His mental state is a tangled mess, a result of the Weapon X program that gave him his healing factor. This inherent craziness is what allows him to see the world (and the movie) differently. For Deadpool, the line between reality and fiction is already pretty blurry. 

    So, acknowledging the audience becomes just another facet of his unpredictable personality. Even Ryan Reynolds, who portrays Deadpool agrees. He argues that if everyone else started breaking the fourth wall, it would undermine the seriousness of the situations Deadpool finds himself in. In conclusion, Deadpool’s fourth wall breaks work because they’re an extension of his already wacky persona. 

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