Deadpool Fans Petition 'SNL' for Superhero to Host

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The petition is nearing 50,000 signatures.

Deadpool fans want its superhero to host Saturday Night Live — Deadpool, that is, not Ryan Reynolds.

Fans of the Merc With a Mouth, who led the Marvel film to a history-making debut at the box office, have launched a petition calling for the antihero to host an upcoming episode of the NBC sketch comedy show.

"We've all seen the trailers, the magazine covers, the viral videos, and the billboards by now, so what's left for Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) to do?" creator Andrew Stege asks in the petition, which is directed to SNL, creator Lorne Michaels, parent company NBC and Reynolds.

The petition goes on to ask, "How would this not be hilarious having Deadpool in sketches, breaking the 4th wall, and inserting some of his brand of humor (obviously toned down a bit for network television)!?!?!"

The petition had 42,173 signatures and was continuing to grow on Thursday night.

Reynolds and his alter-ego have been making waves at the box office — the R-rated film grossed a record-breaking $132.7 million over its debut weekend, giving it one of the best showings ever for a superhero film.

Still, in the history of SNL, an actor has never hosted an entire episode as a fictional character.

A rep for SNL did not immediately return a request for comment.

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