February 21, 2016
'Deadpool's' Ryan Reynolds Joins #TeamHelloKitty In 'Civil War' Tweetfest

Ryan Reynolds has become just as synonymous with his Deadpool alter ego as his fellow comic book movie stars Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America). As often as Deadpool breaks the fourth wall in the film and comics, Ryan Reynolds seems to enjoy bringing a bit of his character into the "real" world via social media. In the latest exchange between Marvel's finest, Ryan Reynolds joins #TeamHelloKitty on Twitter over #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan in a brief, yet well-played, Tweetfest that not only feeds the fan hype for Captain America: Civil War, but ultimately urges fans to see Deadpool in its current theatrical run if they haven't already.

It all started with a perfectly hashtagged tweet from Chris Evans that praised Ryan Reynolds' "maximum effort" delivery.

Ryan Reynolds responded, in kind, and pledged his allegiance to #TeamCap on Twitter.
Naturally, Robert Downey Jr. couldn't let this slide. In a nod to the opening scene of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, RDJ replies with a tweet befitting the man behind Iron Man.
Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson emerges very briefly to reassess his Civil War allegiance.
Rounding out the conversation, Evans reminds his Twitter followers that he's not Steve Rogers, just the actor who plays Captain America in the movies.
One fan on Twitter, who goes by the handle @164_hiroshixx, is showing fans everywhere just what #TeamHelloKitty might look like. Cap's traditional red, white and blue super suit gets a pink and white overhaul, complete with a Hello Kitty patch on his chest. Not one to be outdone, Iron Man gets a magenta and baby pink paint job complete with a spray on Hello Kitty decal. #TeamHelloKitty unifies the Avengers by giving Hawkeye and Thor some Photoshop love, as well. Even Mjolnir deems #TeamHelloKitty worthy.
Fans are taking the notion of #TeamHelloKitty and running with it, even though Deadpool is not expected to make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Given Deadpool's recent success, and Deadpool officially becoming an Avenger in the comics, even a brief cameo would be sure to thrill fans; however, the legal hoops will probably keep such a glorious Easter egg from hatching this time around. Although Deadpool, Captain America and Iron Man are all part of one big happy Marvel family in the comic book medium, 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the infamous merc with a mouth. Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, has rights to pretty much every other character. Deadpool appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't impossible, though, given the unique deal Marvel Studios made with Sony for a certain friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to make an appearance in Civil War.
This year is packed with comic book movies, and moviegoers are being asked to choose between #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan if they're in the Marvel camp, or #TeamBatman or #TeamSuperman for the DC crowd. The marketing for Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might sound a bit childish, but after Deadpool smashed the box office with its immaturely adult R-rated fare, #TeamHelloKitty and the rest of the character-related hashtags just might be exactly the kind of messaging that gets fans into theater seats.

Are you #TeamCap, #TeamIronMan, or #TeamHelloKitty? And, which character wears #TeamHelloKitty colors best? Sound off in the comments below.

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