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Deadpool
Deadpool on the recap page of Cable and Deadpool #26.
Art by Lan Medina.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants #98 (February 1991)
Created by Fabian Nicieza
Rob Liefeld
In-story information
Alter ego Wade Winston Wilson[1]
Species Human Mutate[2]
Team affiliations Agency X
Astonishing Avengers
Code Red[3]
Deadpool Corps
Frightful Four
Great Lakes Initiative
Heroes for Hire
Landau, Luckman, and Lake
Maggia
Secret Defenders
S.H.I.E.L.D.
Six Pack
Thunderbolts
Weapon X
X-Force
X-Men
Partnerships
Notable aliases Merc with a Mouth, Jack, Wade T. Wilson, Mithras, Johnny Silvini, Thom Cruz, Hulkpool, Wildcard
Abilities
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Superhuman stamina, agility, flexibility and reflexes
  • Devices that allow for teleportation and holographic disguise
  • Carries a magic satchel
  • Extended longevity
  • Immunity to telepathy
  • Master martial artist, swordsman and marksman

Deadpool (Wade Winston Wilson) is a fictional character, a mercenary and anti-hero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool first appeared in New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991).

A disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary, Deadpool originally appeared as a villain in an issue of New Mutants, and later in issues of X-Force. The character has since starred in several ongoing series, and shares titles with other characters such as Cable. Also known as the "Merc with a Mouth," Deadpool is famous for his talkative nature and his tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect.

He was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and will appear in his own feature film set to be released on February 12, 2016.[4]

Publication history[edit]

Further information: List of Deadpool titles

1990s[edit]

Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool made his first appearance in the pages of New Mutants #98 published in February 1991. Rob Liefeld, a fan of the Teen Titans comics, showed his new character to then writer Fabian Nicieza. Upon seeing the costume and noting his characteristics (killer with super agility), Nicieza contacted Liefeld, saying "this is Deathstroke from Teen Titans." Nicieza gave Deadpool the real name of "Wade Wilson" as an inside-joke to being "related" to "Slade Wilson", Deathstroke.[5] In his first appearance, Deadpool was hired by Tolliver to attack Cable and the New Mutants. After subsequently appearing in X-Force as a recurring character, Deadpool began making guest appearances in a number of different Marvel Comics titles such as The Avengers, Daredevil, and Heroes for Hire. In 1993, the character received his own miniseries, titled The Circle Chase, written by Fabian Nicieza and pencilled by Joe Madureira. It was a relative success and Deadpool starred in a second, self-titled miniseries written in 1994 by Mark Waid, pencilled by Ian Churchill, and inked by Jason Temujin Minor and Bud LaRosa. Waid later commented, "Frankly, if I'd known Deadpool was such a creep when I agreed to write the mini-series, I wouldn't have done it. Someone who hasn't paid for their crimes presents a problem for me."[6]

Cover to the Harvey Award-nominated Deadpool #11.
Art by Pete Woods (penciller) and Nathan Massengill (inker), in homage to cover of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring Spider-Man (by Jack Kirby (penciller) and Steve Ditko (inker)).

In 1997, Deadpool was given his own ongoing title, initially written by Joe Kelly, with then-newcomer Ed McGuinness as an artist. Deadpool became an action comedy parody of the cosmic drama, antihero-heavy comics of the time. The series firmly established his supporting cast, including his prisoner/den mother Blind Al and his best friend Weasel. The ongoing series gained cult popularity for its unorthodox main character and its balance of angst and pop culture slapstick and the character became less of a villain, though the element of his moral ambiguity remained. The writer Joe Kelly noted, "With Deadpool, we could do anything we wanted because everybody just expected the book to be cancelled every five seconds, so nobody was paying attention. And we could get away with it."[7]

The series was taken over by Christopher Priest who noted that he found Kelly's issues to be "complex and a little hostile to new readers like me" and that by issue 37, he realized that "it was okay to make Deadpool look stupid".[8]

2000s[edit]

Deadpool lasted until issue #69, at which point it was relaunched as a new title by Gail Simone with a similar character called Agent X in 2002. This occurred during a line wide revamp of X-Men related comics, with Cable becoming Soldier X and X-Force becoming X-Statix. Simone notes that 'When I took the Deadpool job, the revamp hadn't been planned, so it was a complete surprise. Thankfully, we heard about it in time to make adjustments to the early scripts'.[9] It appeared that Deadpool was killed in an explosion fighting the aristocratic (and telepathic) villain known as the Black Swan. Weeks later, a mysterious figure showed up at the apartment of Deadpool's manager, Sandi Brandenberg. The man took the name Alex Hayden and together they started "Agency X," with Hayden dubbed Agent X after the company. Most believed that Hayden was Deadpool suffering from amnesia. The title character of Agent X was eventually revealed not to be Deadpool and the climax of that series saw the original character restored. Simone left the title after seven issues due to creative differences with the series editor, but then returned to conclude with issues 13-15.[10]

Deadpool's next starring appearance came in 2004 with the launch of Cable & Deadpool written by Fabian Nicieza, where Deadpool became partnered with his former enemy, Cable, teaming up in various adventures. This title was canceled with issue #50 and replaced by a new Cable series in March 2008.[11] Deadpool then appeared briefly in the Wolverine: Origins title by writer Daniel Way before Way and Paco Medina launched another Deadpool title in September 2008.[12] Medina was the main series artist, with Carlo Barberi filling in on the first issue after the Secret Invasion tie-in.[13]

A new Deadpool ongoing series written by Daniel Way with artist Paco Medina began as a Secret Invasion tie-in. In the first arc, the character is seen working with Nick Fury to steal data on how to kill the Skrull queen Veranke.[14][15] Norman Osborn steals the information that Deadpool had stolen from the Skrulls, and subsequent stories deal with the fallout from that. Writer Daniel Way explained, "the first thing Osborn does to try and take care of the situation is to bring in a hired gun to take Deadpool down, which would be Tiger-Shark. That would be the standard thing to do, but of course everything about Deadpool is non-standard. So it goes completely awry and Norman has to get more serious about things."[16] The story also sees the return of Bob, Agent of HYDRA, "I don't want the book to become 'Deadpool and Friends' so characters will drift in and out, but Bob was someone I definitely wanted to bring in. It just had to be at the perfect moment and when I was putting this storyline together that moment presented itself.".[16] This all led directly to a confrontation with the new Thunderbolts in "Magnum Opus" which crossed over between Deadpool vol. 2 #8-9 and Thunderbolts #130-131.[16] Thunderbolts writer Andy Diggle said, "it's a natural progression for Deadpool to go after Norman, and for Norman to send his personal hit-squad after Deadpool."[17] In Deadpool #15, Deadpool decides to become a hero resulting in conflicts with proper heroes like Spider-Man[18] (who he had recently encountered in The Amazing Spider-Man #611 as part of "The Gauntlet"[19]) and leading to a 3-issue arc where he takes on Hit-Monkey,[20] a character who debuted in the same month in a digital, then print, one-shot.[21][22]

Another ongoing Deadpool series, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth launched in July 2009, written by Victor Gischler, with art by Bong Dazo. In it Deadpool teams up with Headpool from Marvel Zombies 3 and 4.[23][24][25]

A special anniversary issue titled Deadpool #900 was released in October 2009. It features stories written by several authors, with the main feature written by the original Deadpool series writer Joe Kelly and drawn by Deadpool's creator Rob Liefeld. A third Deadpool ongoing series, Deadpool Team-Up, launched in November 2009 (with issue numbers counting in reverse starting with issue #899), written by Fred Van Lente, with art by Dalibor Talajic. This series features Deadpool teaming up with different heroes from the Marvel Universe in each issue, such as Hercules.[26] Deadpool also joined the cast of the new X-Force team.[27]

2010s[edit]

Another Deadpool series, titled Deadpool Corps also by Gischler, was released in April 2010. Besides Deadpool himself, this series featured alternate versions of Deadpool, including Lady Deadpool (who debuted in Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #7), Headpool (the Marvel Zombies universe incarnation, now reduced to a severed head), and two new characters; Kidpool, a child, and Dogpool, a dog.[28][29] The series lasted twelve issues.

Marvel also published Deadpool titles through the Marvel Knights and MAX imprints: Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War, by Duane Swierczynski and Jason Pearson,[30][31][32] and Deadpool MAX by David Lapham and Kyle Baker.[33]

Deadpool (vol. 2) is written by Daniel Way and drawn by Alé Garza. In the story arc "DEAD", Wade is 'cured' of his healing ability and becomes mortal. As a side effect, he also has his old, unscarred face back. Although he spent the majority of the story arc looking forward to dying, he steps up and puts his desires on the back burner to protect his friend and lackey Hydra Bob.[citation needed]

After he lost his healing factor, Wilson claimed he felt "more alive than ever."[volume & issue needed] However, after a harsh beating from Intelligencia, Wade realized that he had let his ability to heal compensate for skill so he decided to ask for help with Taskmaster in training.[volume & issue needed] Taskmaster asked Wilson to help him steal Pym Particles from S.H.I.E.L.D., but actually he allowed Black Box to study Wade in order to prepare his vengeance against Wilson, even letting him know Deadpool lost his healing factor.[volume & issue needed]

Wade managed to defeat Black Box, Black Tom and Black Swan, but in the process his face was burned and disfigured again.[volume & issue needed] Former FBI agent Allison Kemp wanted to get revenge on Deadpool because of his involvement in an accident which left her in a wheelchair, and she called other enemies of Deadpool such as T-Ray and Slayback and trained them to kill Deadpool.[volume & issue needed] Deadpool infiltrated their base and managed to get T-Ray and Slayback killed, when Kemp was about to kill herself in an explosion which would kill Wade in the process, he convinced her not to attack him.[volume & issue needed] In that moment, he was surprised by the returned Evil Deadpool, who informed Wade that the serum they took was not permanent, reasons why Wade's face didn't heal or a finger he lost grew back, so Wade would return after Evil Deadpool shot him.[volume & issue needed] Daniel Way's Deadpool series concluded with issue 63.

As part of Marvel's Marvel NOW! initiative a new Deadpool ongoing series was launched, written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and illustrated by Tony Moore.[34] He is also a member of the Thunderbolts.[35] In the 27th issue of his new series, as part of "All-New Marvel NOW!", Deadpool was married for the third time. Initially a secret, his bride was revealed in the web comic Deadpool: The Gauntlet to be Shiklah, Queen of the Undead.[36] During the events of "Original Sin", it was revealed that Deadpool was tricked into killing his parents, however Deadpool does not know about it.[37]

Much later, he clashed with Carnage,[38] and Carnage vowed revenge on Deadpool for tricking him into wounding Shriek.[39]

During the AXIS storyline, Deadpool appears as a member of Magneto's unnamed supervillain group during the fight against Red Skull's Red Onslaught form.[40] The group of villains becomes inverted to heroes, after a spell cast by Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom.[volume & issue needed] This group was later named the Astonishing Avengers.[41]

Prior to facing Red Skull's Onslaught, Deadpool was asked to join the X-Men by Storm, but turned the offer down.[42]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Deadpool's primary power is an accelerated healing factor, depicted by various writers at differing levels of efficiency. Artificially endowed by the Weapon X program, this enables him to regenerate any destroyed tissue at a super-human rate as well as making him immune to all known diseases. An unanticipated side effect was an acceleration of the cancerous tumors he was suffering from at the time, causing them to quickly spread across his entire body. Because of this, his healing factor supercharged his cancer, resulting in massive scar tissue causing his appearance to be severely deformed.

Deadpool's brain cells are similarly affected, with dying brain cells being rejuvenated at a super accelerated rate. This allows Deadpool to recover from any head wounds, and it renders him nearly invulnerable to psychic and telepathic powers, as the altered or damaged brain cells quickly regenerate to their original state. It is also the cause of his psychosis and mental instability. It is sometimes implied that his healing factor merely bolstered and exacerbated an underlying mental issue, as a young Wade Wilson was shown as a withdrawn, disturbed young kid caught in his many daydreams, and when Deadpool at one point lost his healing factor, he did not regain his sanity.[43] Deadpool's healing factor is strong enough that he has previously survived complete incineration and decapitation more than once. Although his head normally has to be reunited with his body to heal the wound,[44][45][46] he was able to regrow his head after having it pulverized by the Hulk.[47] Unlike Wolverine's natural healing factor, Deadpool's is mentally driven. Similar to Wolverine, his healing factor also affects his physical attributes by increasing them to superhuman levels. Though in earlier years he also had super-human strength, that detail has apparently been forgotten.[48] Deadpool's body is highly resistant to most drugs and toxins. For example, it is extremely difficult for him to become intoxicated.[49] He can be affected by certain drugs such as tranquilizers, if he is exposed to a large enough dosage. Deadpool's healing factor also slows the aging process. He is still alive 800 years in the future when the new X-Force encounters him.[50]

Aside from his physical advantages, Deadpool is a superb assassin and mercenary, adept in multiple forms of martial arts, and an expert swordsman and marksman. It is thought that while his psychosis and dissociative identity disorder are a handicap, they are also one of his assets as they make him an extremely unpredictable opponent. Taskmaster (who has photo-reflexive memory which allows him to copy anyone's fighting skills by observation) was unable to defeat Deadpool due to his chaotic and improvised fighting style.[51] Taskmaster has also stated that Deadpool is an expert at distracting his opponents.[52] Over the years, Deadpool has owned a number of personal teleportation devices. Also, during Deadpool's first ongoing comic, he possesses a device which projected holographic disguises, allowing him to go undercover or conceal his appearance. He also has a magic satchel containing all of his unlimited weaponry and ammo. He can also drive multiple vehicles including spaceships.[53] In addition, Deadpool is multilingual; in addition to English, he can speak German, Spanish, and Japanese.

Identity[edit]

The character's back-story has been presented as vague and subject to change, and within the narrative he is unable to remember his personal history due to his mental condition. Whether or not his name was even Wade Wilson is subject to speculation since one of his nemeses, T-Ray, claims in Deadpool #33 that he is the real Wade Wilson and that Deadpool is a vicious murderer who stole his identity.[54] There have been other dubious stories about his history—at one point the supervillain Loki claimed to be his father.[42] Frequently, revelations are later retconned or ignored altogether, and in one issue, Deadpool himself joked that whether he is actually Wade Wilson depends on which writer the reader prefers.[55] In the 2011–2012 series, Deadpool is implied, in a flashback, to be the real Wade Wilson, the deranged and already partly insane son of a decorated war hero, often daydreaming childish and dangerous ideas, spurring him to the mercenary lifestyle.[43] He has professed to be Canadian,[56] even though the original story had him joining the Weapon X program after being kicked out of the United States Army Special Forces.[57]

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the Age of Apocalypse timeline, Deadpool was redubbed Dead Man Wade and reimagined as a bitter, humorless member of Apocalypse's Pale Riders, having received his flawed healing factor from Apocalypse's eugenics program. Sent with his team to invade the Savage Land, he attempted to unleash chaos upon the sanctuary, but was killed by Nightcrawler, who teleported his head off his body and hid it in a crater.[58] In Age of Apocalypse #3 Dead Man Wade was revealed to be resurrected like many of the other Alpha mutants.[volume & issue needed]

Captain America: Who Won't Wield the Shield[edit]

The World War II-era version of Deadpool is introduced in the one-shot parody issue Captain America: Who Won't Wield the Shield. Frederick 'Wheezy' Wilson, nephew of President Woodrow Wilson, is a soldier who is experimented on by the Nazis to become 'Veapon X'. Despite the nature of the story as a period piece, Wilson peppers his speech with anachronistic slang from the 1990s.[59][60]

Deadpool Corps[edit]

In the twelve-issue series Deadpool Corps and prequel series Prelude to Deadpool Corps, Deadpool is joined by several alternate versions of himself from different universes to create a super-group. Lady Deadpool and Headpool return from their previous appearances in Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, joined by newcomers Kidpool, a child version of Deadpool who attends Professor X's school,[61] and Dogpool, a dog endowed with Deadpool's familiar healing factor.[62] They are later joined by the The Champion, going by the name Championpool.[63]

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe[edit]

In the storyline Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, the X-Men send Deadpool to a mental hospital for therapy. The doctor treating him is actually Psycho-Man in disguise, who attempts to torture and brainwash Deadpool into becoming his personal minion. The procedure fails, but leaves Deadpool even more mentally unhinged; as a result, he kills Psycho-Man and begins assassinating every superhero and supervillain on Earth one by one in an attempt (apparently) to rebel against his comic book creators. The book ends with him breaking into the 'real' world and confronting the Marvel writers and artists who are currently writing the book. Before he proceeds to enter he turns to the reader, promising that once he's done with this universe, "I'll find you soon enough."[64]

Deadpool Killustrated[edit]

After the events of "Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe", Deadpool has killed many versions of Marvel superheroes and villains across the multiverse to no effect and comes to a conclusion that infinite alternate versions of the heroes and villains he killed exist.[volume & issue needed] In the series, Deadpool hires a team of scientists to help him get rid of all Marvel characters. One scientist gets the Merc With A Mouth a device that transports him to the "Ideaverse", a universe that contains the classic characters that inspired Marvel characters.[volume & issue needed] In each book, he confronts multiple enemies such as The Headless Horseman (who inspired Green Goblin and Ghost Rider), Little Women (Black Widow, She-Hulk) and more.[65]

Deadpool Kills Deadpool[edit]

On April 4, 2013, Cullen Bunn revealed that, after the events of "Deadpool Killustrated", the next and last part of the "Deadpool Killology" will be "Deadpool Kills Deadpool" and that the Deadpool that appeared in Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe and Killustrated is called "Dreadpool" and, in the series, he is hunting down all versions of Deadpool while "our" Deadpool, the light-hearted Merc With A Mouth, is hunting down Dreadpool, his own murderous version. Bunn stated that the Deadpool Corps will appear along with many other versions of Deadpool and new versions.[citation needed] The first book was released in July 2013. The first issue opens with Deadpool dealing with yet another attack by ULTIMATUM, after which the Deadpool Corps quickly ropes the titular character into the crisis. Over the course the storyline, The Deadpool Corps is killed (not including Headpool, who was already killed prior to the events of the storyline), and it concludes in Issue #4, where Deadpool clashes with Dreadpool, who is eventually shown the error of his ways and killed by Deadpool in vengeance for causing the death of his friends. Somehow, our Deadpool finds his way back, but not before the reader is aware that Evil Deadpool is still alive and scheming.[volume & issue needed]

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth[edit]

Several alternate incarnations of Deadpool are introduced in the series Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth. Attempting to return Headpool to the Marvel Zombies universe, Deadpool encounters multiple versions of himself as they exist in other universes, including a female version of himself named Lady Deadpool, Major Wade Wilson, a militant but sane version of Deadpool, and The Deadpool Kid (KiddyPool), a cowboy version of Deadpool who exists within a universe resembling the Wild West.[66]

Deadpool Pulp[edit]

Deadpool Pulp is a four-issue limited series from writers Mike Benson and Adam Glass and artist Laurence Campbell, with Deadpool set in the 1950s drawing on pulp fiction (similar to the Marvel Noir fictional universe).[67]

Marvel 2997[edit]

In Messiah War Deadpool is locked in a freezer for eight hundred years. When he escapes he is captured by the armed forces of the few surviving humans left. He helps Cable to get Hope Summers back from Stryfe who is later revealed to be inside this version of Deadpool's head. After seemingly defeating Stryfe, this version of Deadpool is quickly ripped in half and appears to die shortly after, his last words being a joke on "severance" pay.[68]

House of M[edit]

In the House of M reality, Wade Wilson was a field commander and active agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. During one of his missions, Agent Wilson contacted S.H.I.E.L.D. They had to patch him through the TB-Link satellite to communicate with him.[69]

Hulked-Out Heroes[edit]

Main article: Hulked Out Heroes

Appearing first in Hulk #21, Deadpool is "hulked-out" near the end of the Fall of the Hulks storyline. A two part mini series called, World War Hulks: Hulked Out Heroes will follow Hulkpool as he travels back in time to kill himself, disrupting the origin stories of many heroes as he goes.[70]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

In the first Marvel Zombies limited series, a zombie version of Deadpool is seen fighting the Silver Surfer. The zombie Deadpool eventually loses his body and appears as a disembodied head beginning in Marvel Zombies 3. This incarnation of Deadpool, frequently referred to as Headpool, entered the mainstream Marvel continuity when he is encountered and captured by the original Deadpool in Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth.[71] Along with several other alternate versions of Deadpool, Headpool went on to appear in Deadpool Corps with a propeller beanie mounted to his head, allowing him flight.[72]

Ultimate Deadpool[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel version of Deadpool appears in Ultimate Spider-Man. Depicted as an anti-mutant extremist, he is a cyborg and leader of the Reavers who hunt mutants for sport on a reality TV show. Beneath the mask, Deadpool appears to be a skull with exposed brain, his skin formed by a transparent shell. He also has the ability to mimic an individual's appearance and voice, though not their powers. His real name is Sergeant "Wadey" Wilson, and he's a Gulf War veteran.[73]

Weapon X: Days of Future Present[edit]

In the alternate Earth ending of the Weapon X comic, Deadpool is recruited by Wolverine to be part of a new team of X-Men after the old team is killed. He joins, claiming Wolverine only wants him as the "token human". This version of Deadpool is killed by Agent Zero's Anti-Healing Factor corrosive acid. This version of Deadpool speaks in white text boxes.[74]

Reception[edit]

Deadpool was ranked 182nd on Wizard magazine's list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time,[75] ranked 45th on Empire magazine's list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters,[76] and placed 31st on IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.[77]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Despite never having a speaking role in the X-Men animated series, Deadpool made several cameo appearances throughout various episodes: a flashback sequence alongside Wolverine in one of Sabretooth's mental sessions with Professor Xavier in the episode "Deadly Reunions", Morph shape-shifts into Deadpool's form in the episode "Whatever It Takes", and Xavier's dark side projects the character's image to attack Wolverine in the episode "The Phoenix Saga: Part 2: The Dark Shroud".
  • A proposed second season of Wolverine and the X-Men would have included Deadpool, with Nolan North cast to reprise his role from Hulk Vs.[78]
  • Deadpool has a brief cameo appearance in the Marvel Anime: X-Men episode "Destiny".[79]
  • Deadpool appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series episode "Ultimate Deadpool", voiced by Will Friedle.[80] This version was a former S.H.I.E.L.D. trainee with Spider-Man's team (Iron Fist, Nova, Power Man and White Tiger) before dropping out to become a mercenary. Despite—and because of—the webslinger's growing dislike for Deadpool's antics, attitudes and willingness to kill (or, as Deadpool puts it, "un-alive"), they both end up fighting Taskmaster and each other for critical S.H.I.E.L.D. data about the secret identities of America's superheroes. He is shown capable of negating Taskmaster's ability to copy someone's fighting style, utilizing a fighting style that parodies various dance moves.
  • Deadpool appeared in the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers episode "The Forbidden Hero Appears?"[81] and "Chris and the Moment of Truth!", voiced by Takehito Koyasu.[citation needed]

Film[edit]

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Deadpool appears in the animated film Hulk Vs Wolverine, voiced by Nolan North.[82][83] Deadpool acts as one of Professor Thorton's military strike team Team X (Lady Deathstrike, Omega Red and Sabretooth) in the Weapon X program, seeking to capture Wolverine and the Hulk in order to brainwash them and convert them into the ultimate weapons. He frequently annoys his teammates with his wisecracks.[84]
  • Wade Wilson is one of the antagonists of the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds.[85] He is a highly skilled, wisecracking but greatly amoral mercenary who wields a pair of katanas with superhuman speed and skill sufficient to deflect fully automatic weapons fire. He is supposedly killed by Victor Creed, but is later revealed to have been transformed by Colonel William Stryker into mutant killer "Weapon XI" (stunts performed by Scott Adkins) who possesses other mutants' powers, including Scott Summers' optic blasts, John Wraith's teleportation, Wolverine's healing factor, and a pair of extendable blades resembling Wilson's prized swords; Stryker is able to completely control him thanks to Chris Bradley's technopathy. He is referred to by Stryker as the 'Deadpool' because the compatible powers of the other mutants have been 'pooled' together into one being. Wolverine and Victor fight Deadpool in the film's climax and manage to defeat him by decapitating him and sending him falling into a cooling tower of a nuclear power plant, although a post-credits scene appearing in DVD releases and some theatrical presentations of the film implies Deadpool is still alive.[86]
  • A spin-off of the X-Men film series starring Deadpool is in development with Reynolds attached to reprise his role.[87] According to Empire, a script is in development, and Deadpool will "break the fourth wall" during the film.[88] Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been attached to write the script for the film.[89] On April 8, 2011, VFX artist Tim Miller was hired to make his directing debut.[90] Originally the film was set to be rated PG-13, but the rating was later reconsidered to an R-rating with the possible addition of gore.[91] In October 2013, Reynolds and Miller said that the film is close to being green-lit.[92] On July 28, 2014, a VFX test footage for the film was leaked on the internet through social news sites and movie blogs. The test footage features the voice of Reynolds.[93] However, it was discovered that the footage was from 2012, when Miller was developing the project.[94] On July 29, the test footage was officially released online by Blur Studio, the company who created the test footage.[95] On September 18, 2014, after hearing positive feedback from the leaked footage, Fox officially announced that the film had been given the green light for a February 12, 2016 release date and is part of the X-Men film series.[96][97]

Video games[edit]

  • Deadpool appears in X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, voiced by John Kassir. Deadpool initially appears as a boss, having been hired and brainwashed by Mister Sinister. He fights the united X-Men and Brotherhood in the New York City's North Side during Act 4. Deadpool is also unlocked as a playable character once the game is completed for the first time. As in the comics, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall if the player stalls enough. If the enemy Deadpool is fought using the playable Deadpool, they will argue about which one is the real Deadpool.[98]
  • Deadpool appears as playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, with John Kassir reprising his speaking role. He can take on multiple costumes, including outfits based on his classic appearance, his appearance in the Ultimate Universe, his appearance from the Deadpool: Agent of Weapon X arc and an updated version of the costume used in Cable and Deadpool. Deadpool frequently breaks the fourth wall referencing the game itself and parodying other Marvel Comics heroes. He recounts his origin story in a briefing for his simulator mission, initially as a humorous pastiche of the origins of Thor, Blade, Daredevil, Storm and Hulk before proceeding to tell his real origin.[99]
  • Wade Wilson appears in the video game adaptation of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, voiced by Steven Blum. His Deadpool/Weapon XI transformation is the final boss.
  • Deadpool appears as a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, again voiced by John Kassir. His unmasked Ultimate Marvel appearance serves as an alternative costume. In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, he appears as a boss in the game's third stage, but will join the party upon his defeat when he realizes that the heroes aren't part of Titanium Man's terrorist attack. In keeping with his previous appearance, Deadpool has been written so that he is fully aware of his presence in a video game, and his dialogue throughout the title reflects this insight (for example, if the player chooses to enlist him in the Anti-Registration team, he quips to Maria Hill the possibility of being Pro-Registration "in the next playthrough").[100][101][102][103] Also during the credits, Deadpool confronts one of the writers with a complaint about the game not starring him. In the Wii, PSP and PS2 versions, he is playable from the start and appears during the credit sequence and load screens watching television while sitting in a recliner.
  • Ultimate Deadpool appears as a villain in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, with Nolan North reprising his speaking role.[104] This version incorporates traits from his mainstream counterpart such as breaking the fourth wall, a teleportation device, and an implied healing factor. Instead of leading an army of Reavers, he uses an army of weapon-wielding fanboys and robots. He lures and fights Spider-Man on an oil platform as part of his newest game show Pain Factor when he learns what the tablet actually is which he uses to make two copies of himself. During the credits, Deadpool is shown to have escaped the Triskelion, but is now stuck on a tiny islet.[105]
  • Deadpool appears as a playable fighter in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, voiced again by Nolan North. His abilities include use of his guns, swords and teleporter which will malfunction if used excessively. He performs his own anomalous version of the Shoryuken, and again breaks the fourth wall, with a special move in which he beats his opponent with his health bar and his hyper combo bar.[106] He is frequently featured opposite of Capcom's Dante from the Devil May Cry series.[107] His victory sequences have him approach the camera and say various things to the player. In Deadpool's ending sequence, he throws a party to celebrate his defeat of Galactus, but his actions inadvertently cause the destruction of Cleveland, Ohio, for which he implicates the player. Deadpool later appears as a playable character in the game's standalone updated version Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Deadpool is a playable character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, voiced by Tom Kenny.[108][109]
  • Deadpool appears as an unlockable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. He previously could be unlocked by completing PVP Season One, but is now available for purchase for 135 Command Points. He breaks the fourth wall in his recruitment message by saying that the player "wasted 90 Command Points" on Wolverine. His third ability, "No Holds Barred," breaks the fourth wall as well, as Deadpool grabs his health/stamina bar and swings it like a hammer, bashing an enemy character.
  • Deadpool is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 6".[110]
  • Deadpool is a playable character in the MMORPG Marvel Heroes, again voiced by Nolan North.[111][112]
  • Deadpool, an action game based on the character, was developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision in 2013, with Nolan North reprising his voice role once again.[113]
  • Deadpool is a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, once again voiced by Nolan North.[114][115] He serves as the narrator for the game's pre-mission (pre-level) briefings. Players can collect "Deadpool bricks"; decorated red Lego bricks that allow players to unlock items within the "Extras" menu. The game features a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier with "Deadpool's room" where in-game features can be unlocked.
  • Deadpool is featured in his own pinball table developed by Zen Studios across multiple platforms that was released on June 24, 2014. Nolan North reprised his role as voice actor.[116]
  • Deadpool is featured in Marvel: Puzzle Quest in a limited storyline where he attacks all the heroes and villains in a quest for Iso-8 and chimichangas. He frequently talks to the player in cut scenes before and after the puzzles.

Collected editions[edit]

The stories have been collected in a number of trade paperbacks:

  • Deadpool: The Circle Chase (collects Deadpool: The Circle Chase, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, March 1997, ISBN 0-7851-0259-0)
  • Deadpool II: Sins of the Past (collects Deadpool: Sins of the Past Z#1-4, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, January 1997, ISBN 0-7851-0554-9)
  • Deadpool (Panini Comics):
    • Volume 1 (collects Deadpool: The Circle Chase and Deadpool: Sins of the Past #1-4, 196 pages, June 2008, ISBN 1-905239-84-X)
    • Volume 2 (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #1-9, 308 pages, July 2009, ISBN 1-84653-427-5)
    • Volume 3: You Only Die Twice (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #10-17 and 0, 244 pages, June 2010, ISBN 1-84653-453-4)
  • Deadpool Classic (Marvel Comics):
    • Volume 1 (collects New Mutants #98, Deadpool: The Circle Chase, Deadpool: Sins of the Past #1-4, and Deadpool (vol. 1) #1, 264 pages, May 2008, ISBN 0-7851-3124-8)
    • Volume 2 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #2-8 and -1, and Daredevil/Deadpool Annual 1997, 256 pages, April 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3731-9)
    • Volume 3 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #9-17, and Amazing Spider-Man #47, 280 pages, November 2009, ISBN 0-7851-4244-4)
    • Volume 4 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #18-25, Deadpool #0, and Deadpool & Death Annual 1998, 296 pages, February 2011, ISBN 0-7851-5302-0)
    • Volume 5 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #26-33, Baby's First Deadpool Book, and Deadpool Team-Up #1, 272 pages, June 2011, ISBN 0-7851-5519-8)
    • Volume 6 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #34-45, and Black Panther #23, 312 pages, February 2012)
    • Volume 7 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #46-56, and X-Men Unlimited (the deadpool story) #28, 272 pages, August 2012)
    • Volume 8 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #57-64, 272 pages, April 2013 ISBN 978-0-7851-6732-7)
    • Volume 9 (collects Deadpool (vol. 1) #65-69, and Agent X #1-6, 272 pages, January 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7851-8513-0)
    • Volume 10 (collects Agent X #7-15, 296 pages, November 2014[citation needed])
  • Wolverine/Deadpool: Weapon X (collects Wolverine #162-166 and Deadpool (vol. 1) #57-60, 200 pages, Marvel Comics, August 2002, ISBN 0-7851-0918-8)
  • Deadpool:
    • Volume 1: Secret Invasion (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #1-5, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, March 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3273-2, softcover, July 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3273-2)
    • Volume 2: Dark Reign (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #6-7 and 10-12, 112 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, September 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3980-X, softcover, December 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3274-0)
    • Dark Reign: Deadpool/Thunderbolts (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #8-9 and Thunderbolts #130-131, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, July 2009, ISBN 0-7851-4090-5)
    • Volume 3: X Marks the Spot (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #13-18, 144 pages, Marvel Comics, March 2010, hardcover, ISBN 0-7851-4311-4, softcover, ISBN 0-7851-4040-9)
    • Volume 4: Monkey Business (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #19-22, and Hit-Monkey One-Shot, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, July 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4530-3, softcover, December 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4531-1)
    • Volume 5: What Happens in Vegas (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #23-26, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, October 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4532-X, softcover, March 2011)
    • Volume 6: I Rule, You Suck (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #27-31, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, March 2011, softcover, July 2011)
    • Volume 7: Space Oddity (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #32-35, 33.1, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, June 2011, softcover, November 2011)
    • Volume 8: Operation Annihilation (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #36-39, and Deadpool vol. 2 #4, 112 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, October 2011, softcover, April 2012)
    • Volume 9: Institutionalized (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #40-44, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, January 2012, softcover, June 2012)
    • Volume 10: Evil Deadpool (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #45-49, 49.1, 144 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, April 2012)
    • Volume 11: DEAD (collects Deadpool vol. 2 #50-63, 328 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, December 2012, ISBN 0-7851-6242-9)
  • Deadpool: Suicide Kings (collects Deadpool: Suicide Kings #1-5 and Deadpool: Games of Death, 152 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, October 2009, ISBN 0-7851-4172-3, premiere hardcover, February 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4041-7, softcover, April 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4041-7)
  • Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth, Volume 1 - Head Trip (collects Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1-13, 328 pages, premiere hardcover, October 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4534-6, softcover, March 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4407-2)
  • Deadpool Corps:
    • Deadpool Corps Prelude (collects Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1-5, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, premiere hardcover, July 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4752-7, softcover, January 2011)
    • Volume 1: Pool-pocalypse Now (collects Deadpool Corps #1-6, 168 pages, hardcover, October 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4824-8, softcover, April 2011)
    • Volume 2: You Say You Want A Revolution (collects Deadpool Corps #7-12, 144 pages, hardcover, May 2011, softcover, December 2011)
  • Deadpool Team-Up:
    • Volume 1: Good Buddies (collects Deadpool Team-Up #899-894, 144 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, August 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4528-1, softcover, December 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4529-X)
    • Volume 2: Special Relationship (collects Deadpool Team-Up #893-889, 192 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, December 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4711-X, softcover, June 2011)
    • Volume 3: BFF's (collects Deadpool Team-Up #888-883, Wolverine/Deadpool: The Decoy, 168 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, May 2011, softcover, November 2011)
  • Deadpool MAX:
    • Volume 1: Nutjob (collects Deadpool MAX #1-6, 144 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, June 2011, softcover, December 2011)
    • Volume 2: Involuntary Armegeddon (collects Deadpool MAX #7-12, 144 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, December 2011)
    • Volume 3: Second Cut (collects Deadpool MAX 2 #1-6 and Deadpool MAX X-Mas Special, 176 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, May 2012)
  • Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War (collects Wade Wilson's War #1-4, 104 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, December 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4585-0, softcover, June 2011)
  • Deadpool: Pulp (collects Deadpool: Pulp #1-4, 112 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, March 2011, softcover, August 2011)
  • Deadpool: The Dead-Head Redemption (collects Deadpool #900, #1000, Captain America: Who Won't Wield The Shield, and Marvel Digital Holiday Special: Merry Freakin' Christmas, 240 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, June 2011)
  • Deadpool/Amazing Spider-Man/Hulk: Identity Wars (collects Amazing Spider-Man Annual #38, Deadpool Annual Vol. 2 #1, and Incredible Hulks Annual #1, 112 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, September 2011)
  • Deadpool: All in the Family (collects Deadpool Family, Cable (vol. 2) #25, and Deadpool and Cable #26, 112 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, September 2011)
  • Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four (collects Fear Itself: Deadpool #1-3, and Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1-4, 168 pages, Marvel Comics, hardcover, February 2012)
  • Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (collects Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1-4, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, November 2012)
  • Deadpool Killustrated (collects Deadpool Killustrated #1-4, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, July 2013)
  • Deadpool Kills Deadpool (Collects Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1-4, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, December 2013)
  • Night of the Living Deadpool (collects Night of the living Deadpool #1-4, 96 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, June 2014)
  • Deadpool (Marvel Now!):
    • Volume 1: Dead Presidents (collects Deadpool (Marvel Now!) vol. 3 #1-6, 154 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, May 2013)
    • Volume 2: Soul Hunter (collects Deadpool (Marvel Now!) vol. 3 #7-12, 137 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, August 2013)
    • Volume 3:The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (collects Deadpool (Marvel Now!) vol. 3 #13-19, 160 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, January 2014)
  • Deadpool vs. Carnage #1-4, (Started April 2014)

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