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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The Ed Zone - Richard Ed­wards, Edi­tor @RichDEd­wards

Has 2015 been the most ex­cit­ing year for scifi and fan­tasy ever? We al­ways knew it was go­ing to be mas­sive – a cou­ple of Marvel movies, a Mad Max, a 007, a Hunger Games, a Juras­sic World and Sir Terry Pratch­ett’s fi­nal Dis­c­world novel made sure scale was never go­ing to be a prob­lem – but it’s been the qual­ity that’s been the happy sur­prise. I’ve lost count of the num­ber of times that a movie or TV show has left me with a big grin on my face – and we haven’t even seen The Force Awak­ens yet...

The SFX team have picked their high­lights of 2015 on the left there, but this is­sue our great, big eye of Sau­ron is trained on the 12 months ahead. In our Mas­sive 2016 Pre­view (p53), we’ve picked out the es­sen­tial TV shows, movies, books and comics that will de­fine your year. Along the way we speak with X-Files cre­ator Chris Carter, Agent Carter star Hay­ley Atwell, Red Dwarf co-cre­ator Doug Nay­lor, Cap­tain Amer­ica him­self, Chris Evans, and many more, to give you the key in­tel on the sci-fi and fan­tasy that mat­ters.

To make sure you don’t miss any big genre ac­tion this year, make sure you sub­scribe to SFX, and get ev­ery is­sue de­liv­ered to your door. See p30 for de­tails.

And, most im­por­tantly, have a won­der­ful Christ­mas and New Year, with plenty of food, fun and (we hope) a mem­o­rable Doc­tor Who fes­tive spe­cial – Steven Mof­fat and Peter Ca­paldi give us some hints of what to ex­pect on p44.

“Dude, he’s the per­fect choice!” Ac­cord­ing to Rob Liefeld, Ryan Reynolds was born to play Dead­pool. And hav­ing cre­ated the so-called Merc With the Mouth with Fabian Ni­cieza in 1991, he should know.

“You’re not go­ing to find that voice, that at­ti­tude and that phys­i­cal­ity any­where else,” Liefeld tells SFX. “When Ryan was first cast as Dead­pool in X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine, I was thrilled be­cause he’s a great ac­tor with a great phys­i­cal­ity, and he’s al­ways game for any­thing. I reckon we’ll come to see this as a sig­na­ture role for him. In the same way that Robert Downey Jr has come to em­body Tony Stark, Ryan Reynolds em­bod­ies Dead­pool. This is the block­buster role that will al­ways be there for him.”

With the char­ac­ter’s an­ar­chic hu­mour, fourth-wall bust­ing and graphic hy­per-vi­o­lence, Liefeld be­lieves that di­rec­tor Tim Miller and co-writ­ers Rhett Reese and Paul Wer­nick have made Dead­pool into a su­per­hero movie like no other. “I couldn’t be more ex­cited be­cause they’ve taken Dead­pool and made him R-rated. It’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent take on a comic book char­ac­ter, and if the re­lent­less and var­ied set­pieces and dif­fer­ent mix of sup­port­ing char­ac­ters that’s in the script makes it to the screen, this movie will ex­plode!” Stephen Jewell

2016’s top su­per­hero? Don’t bet against it.

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