Ryan Reynolds gets his own Deadpool spinoff

And "Wolverine" lives on.

Ryan Reynolds

will get his own "Wolverine" spinoff, and potential franchise, as the Marvel Comics antihero Deadpool, according to 20th Century Fox.

That's good news for critics who believe that Reynolds' character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," was the movie's most magnetic.

The 32-year-old Reynolds will star as Wade Wilson, a wisecracking, slightly unhinged cancer-stricken mercenary who's cured of the disease after undergoing the same Weapon X genetic alteration as

Hugh Jackman

's Wolverine.

Aside from Deadpool and a just-announced "Wolverine" sequel, Fox is also working on an X-Men spinoff focusing on

Ian McKellen