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Victoria boy's Deadpool Instagram post goes viral

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Chandler Walter Jul 11, 2017 5:59 am 3,348

A five-year-old boy in Victoria achieved internet fame as a photo of him recreating a Deadpool pose was noticed by Ryan Reynolds himself.

Ethan Hagel is a (figuratively) big fan of the Marvel Universe superhero, even though the five-year-old has not yet been allowed to see the R-rated flick.

Ethan is a big fan despite never having seen the movie #deadpool #superfan #vancityreynolds

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Following Reynold’s Instagram post outside of Hatley Castle in Victoria—the shooting location of the X-Mansion in Deadpool‘s universe— Hagel donned his own Deadpool costume and copied the Canadian actor’s photo.

Dropped by X-Mansion. Looked closely for Beast’s lawn bombs before taking well deserved nap.

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After the shot was uploaded online by his mother, Cheryl Hagel, the photo found its way to Reynolds, who posted it on his own Instagram account.

The comparison has since received over 950,000 likes (that’s roughly 100,000 more than the original post).

All pro interview #totalboss #deadpool

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Deadpool didn’t have a sidekick in the 2016 movie, though maybe there will be room for a tiny ally down the line.


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Chandler Walter
Staff Writer with Daily Hive. Langara Journalism Graduate, subpar photographer, and extremely mediocre tweeter. He wishes he knew how to whistle (even just a little bit) or type with all ten fingers. And yes, like from 'Friends.' Email your story to [email protected]

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