(Warning - the following may contain mild, Colossus-related SPOILERS for the forthcoming Deadpool movie - proceed with whatever level of caution your innate armored Russian-themed SPOILER-aversion dictates...)
Now, there are already a whole lot of reasons to be excited for the upcoming Deadpool - ranging from Ryan Reynolds' peculiarly perfect casting in the role all the way through to the potential for seeing F-bombs fly in a major superhero movie - but for devoted fans of Marvel comic books, there's one, relatively small reason that stands out from the pack.
Y'see, Deadpool is set to feature a true, old-school fan favorite, in a form in which we've never before seen him. Specifically:
Colossus Is Set to Be Seriously Comic Book Faithful
So much so, in fact, that he'll not only be in possession of a chest the size of an ocean liner, but an honest to goodness Russian accent to boot. Indeed, as the man who'll be playing him, Andre Tricoteux, recently revealed in an interview with ComicBook.com:
"It was very important for [director Tim Miller] and the rest of the Deadpool folks that we keep this Colossus really traditional to the true comic book story. You’ve seen the look of him is different. Obviously, I think Tim’s already leaked this, but he’s got a Russian accent. We kept him really traditional to the true comic book version."
Which is awesome, and all - but we already kind of knew that. The shiny new reveal that emerged from Tricoteux's interview, then?
It Seems We're Going to See More Colossus in 'Deadpool' Than We Necessarily Expected
As Tricoteux put it:
"That’s going to be the major difference. I think with Deadpool too, you’re going to get a little bit more backstory on Colossus and kind of see who he is and how he views the world, and how he views himself in the world. And I think that differs a little bit because I don’t think you’ve been able to get that with Colossus in some of the previous X-Men movies."
Which, when followed up by Tricoteux's suggestion that his role in the movie could well tie it together with the X-Men universe at large...
"I think just the by the nature of having Colossus in Deadpool kind of ties them together. That kind of gives the audience kind of a notion of what could or may happen in the future, in terms of coming together."
...suggests that the future is pretty darned bright in terms of us seeing a whole lot of onscreen Colossus action (and, in the not-so-distant future, perhaps even some Deadpool meets the X-Men antics)...
What do you reckon, though?