Spoilers for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Original Sins
Wolverine: “You know what your problem is, Deadpool? Ya never learned to take anything seriously!”
Deadpool: “Is that my problem? I thought my problem was that I was crazy.”
The Avengers arrive at a destroyed city block. Countless people have been injured and several gangsters are dead. They see the crazy loon who has caused all this destruction watching The Golden Girls while sitting on a throne of chimichangas. Deadpool just grins and says, “They started it.”
Deadpool is the one of the most ridiculous superheroes ever created. He’s hunted zombie presidents, shattered the fourth wall, and once saved the world by kicking Captain America in the nuts. So who is this guy? Why is he so crazy? Will he ever shut up? Nope, but let’s learn his backstory anyway.
The Dead Pool
“Logan! We missed you. Weapon X just hasn’t been the same without ya. Nobody calls me bub anymore! And Omega Red’s a bedwetter.” – Deadpool, Hulk vs. Wolverine
Deadpool was created in 1991 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. He was inspired by or perhaps a ripoff of DC’s character Deathstroke, the Terminator. Nicieza gave him the name Wade Wilson as a homage to Deathstroke’s real name, Slade Wilson.
Wade Wilson was a mercenary who was diagnosed with cancer. Desperate for a cure, he was recruited for a top-secret project called Weapon X. Because of the high risk of death, the test subjects bet on who would die next. They called this bet the Dead Pool. He was experimented on for months, finally being injected with a sample of blood containing Wolverine’s healing factor.
Wade’s new healing factor seemed to stop his cancer, but it was soon revealed he was just healing as fast as he was dying. He went insane and slaughtered the scientists who experimented on him. He escaped from Weapon X taking a spare costume and a new name, Deadpool.
Crimson Comedian: Deadpool’s History
“Do I still think in those little yellow boxes?”
“Oooh, I missed you little yellow boxes! What fun we shall have together!” Deadpool’s internal monologue, Deadpool #67
Deadpool returned to life as a mercenary. He soon wound up fighting against a team called X-Force*. He was featured in X-Force books for a time before getting his own series. Deadpool became a parody of the Dark Age of Comics, the silly anti-hero in a sea of psychopathic superheroes. He gained friends like the sardonic Blind Al and Bob, Agent of Hydra and faced off against a rogue’s gallery of threats like Batroc the Leaper and the horribly named Doctor Bong.
Deadpool was eventually killed and fell in love with the personification of Death. He was resurrected by Thanos, who was also madly in love with Death. Thanos cursed Deadpool with immortality, causing Wade to return to life every time he died. What a jerk.
Deadpool mostly stays out of the bigger Marvel event series, usually only appearing as a one-shot. During the event Original Sins, Wade learned that he had been manipulated into killing his parents and had a daughter named Ellie. Weapon X scientists had abducted Ellie to use as insurance in case Wade came looking for them.
Deadpool rescued Ellie from her captors and tried to be a good father. The two bonded and Wade decided to retire. So naturally, this happened right before the Marvel universe was destroyed and retconned in the event series Secret Wars. Wade died, content that at least he and his friends were all dying together.
Regenerating Degenerate: Deadpool’s Powers and Personality
“You’re not allowed to crush his hopes and dreams and force him to do what you want him to do unless you’re his real parent! He needs someone who’ll love him and teach him how to shoot a gun and only show him the good porn! Someone like me!” -Deadpool
Deadpool has an insane healing factor. He can regrow entire limbs and has even regenerated despite being incinerated. Throw in Thanos cursing him with immortality, and you have a character who is almost completely indestructible.
Deadpool is proficient in numerous martial arts and weapons, commonly using two katanas or pistols. He has a teleportation device and a magic satchel that contains all his things. Deadpool knows he’s a fictional character and is an expert at breaking the fourth wall. He often talks to his own thought balloons, the narration, and even argues with his writers.
Deadpool is completely guano insane. He’ll make fart jokes and pop-culture references while massacring his targets and annoying heroes. He agonizes over whether his one true love is Death or dead actress Bea Arthur. He’s so crazy even he doesn’t know what he’ll do next. Despite it all, Deadpool just wants to be a hero. And a pony.
The Actors who played Deadpool
Deadpool’s television debut was a non-speaking cameo in X-Men: the Animated Series . He appeared in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, where he was voiced by Will Friedle. He also appeared in the anime Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers and was voiced by Takehito Koyasu.
Deadpool’s film debut was in Hulk vs Wolverine. He was voiced by Nolan North, who reprised his role for several videogames. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While considered a highlight of the movie, Deadpool’s mouth was sewn shut and he was turned into the main antagonist. Fans derisively refer to this version as ‘Dudepeel’.
Ryan Reynolds told interviewers that he loved playing Deadpool and campaigned for years to have a Deadpool movie made. In 2016, his wish came true and Deadpool was released.
Didya Get All That?
An insane(ly funny) anti-hero
* A team of X-Men that do black-ops missions. A movie has been announced for 2017 and will feature Deadpool.
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Jared Bounacos has written for Movie Rewind since 2017.