Mar­vel’s plus-size Hutt su­per­hero

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fourth-wall break­ing comic-book hero, Den­ni­son is in­te­gral to pro­ceed­ings.

He plays Rus­sell Collins, amu­tant kid with fiery su­per­pow­ers known as Fire­fist, who’s been in care and passed around the sys­tem. He finds him­self front and cen­tre of a Ter­mi­na­tor-like hunt from Dead­pool 2’ s an­tag­o­nist, Cable (a beefed up Josh Brolin, al­ready en­joy­ing suc­cess as Thanos in Avengers: In­fin­ity War).

En­ter Reynolds’ Dead­pool who, sad­dled with the burn­ing de­sire to be­come a par­ent, de­cides that Collins is his key to per­sonal (and warped) sal­va­tion.

For Den­ni­son, the Hol­ly­wood block­buster se­quel is amas­sive step-up into the big leagues.

Granted, there can’t be any­one who doesn’t know his round, cheeky face.

As kid-on-the-run Ricky Baker in Taika Waititi’s big­gest-film-in-New Zealand Hunt For The Wilder­peo­ple, Den­ni­son sealed his place in our col­lec­tive hearts, build­ing on the prom­ise that saw him net a New Zealand film award for his role as Solomon in 2013’s Shop­ping.

As we talk about this new role , sur­rounded by min­ders to en­sure no spoil­ers are dropped , Den­ni­son’s more aware of the im­por­tance and pos­si­bil­i­ties this Hol­ly­wood break­through role of­fers to view­ers like him.

It’s the chance to see a plus-size su­per­hero on screen – some­thing Collins laments dur­ing a ten­der scene in the film where he tells Reynolds’ Wade opens in New Zealand cine­mas on Wed­nes­day Wil­son that big guys like him aren’t – and can’t be – heroes.

‘‘I feel like it’s a re­spon­si­bil­ity, of course; health is a big thing in every­body,’’ Den­ni­son says.

‘‘You gotta feel good in your own body – and I do feel good, I could be health­ier.

‘‘I can be healthy, but you’ve got to make sure you feel good in your body, and also I can make other kids who are like me feel good about them­selves too.

‘‘ Dead­pool is its own thing and it’s very quirky, breaks out the box and doesn’t fol­low the rules of nor­mal su­per­hero movies, so it was re­ally im­por­tant for me to show that kids that look like me, who are chub­bier than other kids, that they can be the hero they want – it was a dream of mine to be a su­per­hero and it’s come true.’’

Dead­pool Ju­lian Den­ni­son plays Rus­sell Collins, a mu­tant kid who has fiery su­per­pow­ers.

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