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Empire Issue Preview: Deadpool, Creed, and Jane Austen joins the undead

The February issue of Empire arrives on newsstands on December 31, just in time to brief you on all of 2016’s movie gems. We already know who the year’s most outrageously sweary, violent and generally nutsoid figure will be. He’s practically edited the issue and humbly stuck himself on the cover.

Big preview Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

Yes, this month’s topliner is Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool, the subject of an unprecedented fourth-wall-breaking cover feature about the creation of the least likely superhero movie since… well, ever. The man who plays him isn’t remotely as deranged, although Ryan Reynolds does have a refreshingly leftfield and candid take on Hollywood life. Reynolds fans (Rey-Reys? Golden Reynoldies?) will find an exclusive Empire photoshoot with the great man within the issue's pages.

Marvel Phase 3

Leading us into 2016 is an exclusive Kevin Feige interview revealing what Phase 3 of the Marvelverse has in store for us, followed by a monster-sized preview taking in 32 of the year’s need-to-know-about releases. Captain America: Civil War, the Coens’ Hail, Caesar!, Assassin’s Creed, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Star Trek Beyond, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Bourne and X-Men: Apocalyse. Yes, pretty much all of them. Read this on New Year’s Day and be officially prepped for 12 months of blockbusting.

Big preview Star Trek Beyond

We've assembled the cast for the last of those, Bryan Singer’s X-sequel, for a family photo that demands to be framed and then levitated across your living room and onto your mantlepiece, Magneto-style. Also gathered is the cast of a whole other kind of franchise film, Universal’s Dad’s Army reboot, with Captain Mainwaring (Toby Jones) again taking the fight to Hitler - just as soon as he’s finished his tea and scone.

Dad's Army

Last but very much not least, we also assembled Leonardo DiCaprio to talk The Revenant, living in a log cabin with Tom Hardy and nearly making Spider-Man with James Cameron.

For all this and all the month’s reviews, news and first looks, pick up the new issue of Empire on December 31 or head here to order a subscription.