Not Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool.

By Jonathon Dornbush
Updated February 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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After Deadpool‘s massive box office success, it seems fans can’t quite get enough of the Merc With the Mouth, so much so that they’re hoping the character himself will make a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Yes, that’s right. They want the fictional comic book character turned movie and viral marketing star to host, not the actor who plays him.

A petition with over 26,000 signatures seeks to have the actual character Deadpool, not Ryan Reynolds, serve as a host on SNL.

The petition, written by a Deadpool fan who admits he has “not watched a full episode of SNL in years because I just haven’t been able to stomach an entire episode,” believes having the fictional character host would be just the shot in the arm the show needs to get him and many other Deadpool fans tune in. Or at least, record it to their DVRs to watch over and over, as the petition writer suggests he would do.

SNL‘s hosts are traditionally real people, not the characters they portray, so a much more feasible goal might be to have Reynolds himself host, as he has before, and perhaps star as his cinematic superhero in a sketch or two. And then there is Wade Wilson’s penchant for lewd and expletive-filled humor to consider, which, while malleable enough to work on the late-night sketch show, would definitely have to be toned down from its extremes in the film.

SNL has been open to viewer suggestions in the past, but again, the hosts that came about as a result of those suggestions were actual, living people.

The petition seeks 35,000 signatures total, but even if these hopeful fans’ TV wishes aren’t fulfilled, there’s zero chance they’ve seen the last of Deadpool. The film’s screenwriters are already making plans for a sequel, though one hasn’t been officially announced… yet.


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