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The Merc with a Mouth: Deadpool

Deadpool is another unique creation published by Marvel Comics in 1991. He is notable as the regenerative antihero wearing red spandex suit, also known as the wisecracking Wade Wilson. This ‘Merc with a Mouth,’ might not be your family-friendly hero, but his crazy bones and offbeat humor are appealing enough for those looking for odd humor.

Deadpool in the Making

Rob Liefeld, holding the comic of New Mutants #98

Deadpool’s first appearance was in an American comic book published by Marvel Comics; a notable comic book company opened in 1939. He was created by a writer, Fabian Nicieza, and Rob Liefeld, a writer, and an artist. These two artists teamed up in creating Deadpool’s characteristics as well as the visual design of the character. 

Nicieza was the one credited for Deadpool’s characteristics, which was inspired by Deathstroke, an arch-enemy from the comic called Teen Titan.  Deathstroke had inspired Nicieza for its superhuman agility and combat skills, which pretty much acquired by Deadpool. In this regard, Nicieza had given Deadpool the real name of Wade Winston Wilson, which is closely related to Deathstroke’s real name, Slade Wilson. On the other hand, according to co-creator, Rob Liefeld, Spider-Man and Wolverine also inspired them in conceiving the idea of Deadpool. The Spiderman reference is evident in Deadpool’s costume, which is an overall suit with a red color scheme. As well as that, the Wolverine inspiration is noticeable on Deadpool’s regeneration, which is one of Wolverine’s characteristics.

Deadpool in Comics 

Deadpool: The Circle Chase Cover

Deadpool was initially depicted as a supervillain in The New Mutants #98, a comic series released in 1991.  In its original story, Wade Wilson was kicked out of the U.S Army. This resulted in him joining the secret genetic research conducted by the government, called Weapon X. This operation was proven fatal to the tests subjects. In the research operation, Dr. Killebrew, one of the scientists, gave Wade Wilson a healing factor based on Wolverine’s DNA. After the experiment, Deadpool escaped out of the laboratory with some fellow prisoners. This explained why Deadpool became nearly indestructible. 

In the first comic series where Deadpool appeared, he was hired by Tolliver to kill Cable and the new mutants. Tolliver is also a mutant and an enemy of an armored mutant named Cable. Subsequently, Deadpool appeared in various comics, including Daredevil, Heroes for Hire, and The Avengers. In 1993, Deadpool was cast on his miniseries called ‘The Circle Chase.’ This miniseries was written by Fabian Nicieza and penciled by an artist named Joe Madureira. 

In the following years, Deadpool was given an ongoing comic series written by Joe Kelly and penciled by Ed McGuinness in 1997. The ongoing series firmly established the supporting casts on Deadpool’s story, namely, Blind Al and Weasel. As the series gained its popularity, Deadpool’s character became less villainous. Although the moral ambiguity is still there, his character was not much of a villain. Hence he became an Antihero.  This was also the time that Joe Kelly introduced the ‘fourth wall breaking’ in the comic’s narrative. Fourth wall breaking is a gimmick used by Kelly in breaking the conceptual barrier between the character and the audience. That is why, from time to time, Deadpool seems to be talking to the readers. 

In year 2000s, the comic was taken over by the writer Gail Simone. In her version, the comic was remembered for its yellow speech boxes. These yellow boxes were uniquely designed to differentiate Deadpool’s speech bubbles from the rest.  In 2004, the comic issue #50 was canceled. However, it was then released in 2008  as series with Cable, Deadpool’s former enemy. Various comics were released, including ‘Secret Invasion,’ a superheroes cross-over with The New Avengers, The Mighty Avengers, and plenty more. In July 2009, another ongoing series was released and titled ‘Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth.’ It was a comic series where Deadpool teamed up with Headpool, a comic character from Marvel Zombies 3 & 4. Being paid to kill (also called mercenary), and known for being talkative, he was branded as the ‘Merc with a mouth.’ In 2010, Marvel published ‘Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War’ and ‘Deadpool MAX.’ In the following years, Deadpool gained more popularity with the audiences. Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth, now got his two solo movies, Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018).

Deadpool in TV

Deadpool 2016 movie poster

Due to association with X-Men in the previous comics, Deadpool had made cameo appearances in the animated series of the ‘X-Men.’ He also had a role in the animated ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ series as well as in anime TV series, ‘Marvel Future Avengers.’ Furthermore, in 2009, Wade Wilson, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, appeared in the film, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’

In Deadpool’s movies, He was portrayed by a Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds. In this version, Wade Wilson is a mercenary that was diagnosed with cancer. He was forced to leave Vanessa, his fiancée, and turned to a mysterious recruiter. This mysterious recruiter offered Wade Wilson an experimental cure for his cancer. Wade was then taken to Ajax, a mutant working in the laboratory. Wade was injected with a serum that would awaken mutant genes and was later on tortured for days. Seeing the serum does not take effect, Ajax (also known as Francis) took Wade inside a chamber where he was left for days deprived with oxygen. This caused the burn-like scars all over Wade’s body. However, this activated the mutant gene and cured his cancer. Wade escaped even though Ajax left him on the burning laboratory. Thus begins the hunt to kill Ajax and to find Vanessa, while fearing her reaction to his newly formed appearance.

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