All jokes aside, Reynolds really has put his all into this franchise, and it was his passion and that of the fans that truly helped will this into existence. Viewers weren’t pleased with the characters’ appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and neither was Reynolds. The actor then set plans in motion for a solo film by tapping screenwriters and helping to land a director. He even shot test footage, though the film was shelved after the poor performance of Reynolds’ Green Lantern and the success of The Avengers. But after that test footage leaked in 2014, it was praised, and the rest is cinematic history.