We have waited a long time to see a proper representation of Deadpool in a movie theater. Ever since ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ bastardized the character in 2009, fans have been clamoring for the real deal. We’re finally getting it next year and we’re getting it the right way thanks to the persistence of star Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. And according to Wade Wilson himself, it’s the right time for the Merc With A Mouth… No matter what Steven Spielberg says.

A few weeks ago, the legendary filmmaker made some comments that referred to the comic book movie genre as a “sinking ship”. In the following days, many others weighed in like ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ director Zack Snyder and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Chris Evans. But now Reynolds gave his stance on Spielberg’s assessments while talking to GQ about his excitement for ‘Deadpool’:

“It’s a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe.

I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.”

As many have pointed out, Spielberg certainly has a point about the market being fairly over-saturated by comic book movies. However, Reynolds makes another good point when he mentions that ‘Deadpool’ wouldn’t be as effective if it weren’t that way. The fan favorite character always thrived off of his ability to make fun of tropes and other heroes in other comics. Now that his unique brand of comedy is finally coming to the big screen, he has plenty of ammo for jokes as well as his ample collection of guns.

What do you think about Ryan Reynolds’ recent ‘Deadpool’ comments? Do they make you more excited for the upcoming film? Let us know in the comments below.

‘Deadpool’ starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano, and Ed Skrein hits theaters on February 12, 2016.