Sunday, 10 May 2009


The New Wolverine film has created some new interest in perhaps my favourite comic character, Deadpool.
As many of you will know he displays his fourth-wall breaking abilities from time to time and provides the Marvel universe with some much needed humour. The fact that he is present in almost every major marvel event is also amusing, providing an integral comical side to some shocking events such as Secret Invasion.
(This is when the skrulls clone him to create an immortal army, which they then recruit him to train)

But the new film has caused some confusion regarding his origins. I'll kindly explain (albeit in a simpler fashion because Wade's got a convoluted past, like most superheroes)
Suffering from cancer, mercenary Wade Wilson volunteers in the Weapon X program as part of an experiment to transplant Wolverine's healing factor. This cures his cancer but makes him insane and horribly disfigured. Deemed a failure, he is sent to "The Workshop" to be experimented on. He escapes, kills people etc. Ala Wolverine.
His only power is the healing factor, though it could be argued his sense of humour is just as deadly. He also has the ability to produce weapons from seemingly thin air, claiming this process involves "a lot of lubricant".
Although a sadistic, comical character, Deadpool has been involved in some more serious story arcs, most notably "The Burnt Offering" of "Cable & Deadpool". This involves Cable's struggle to deal with his immense power, and his solution which involves his self sacrifice.
This is pretty much an excuse for another post, but there we go.
Although I do have some new news, a Deadpool spin-off has been confirmed. And judging by the way Deadpool breaks the fourth wall in the after-credits scene in Wolverine, we can only hope it will be as good as the comics.
Well, i'll leave you with one of the first confrontations between Wolverine and Deadpool.


Yusef said...

Good on the deadpool movie. I was a little upset he had his mouth shut. It seemed like they knew that the charisma of deadpool was going to overpower wolverine.

I saw him at the beginning and was hoping he would show up again but when he did it was like "Gimmie a break." The swords come out of his skin AND he doesn't talk.

If wade had cancer, did he get the martial arts from the weapon program or did he already know? I was under the impression that he was twisted BEFORE the program.

Samuel Li said...

I think the spin off will work out, sure it was messed up, but they could pick it up from where the stinger after the credits left off.
In case you haven't seen it I won't spoil it for you, but lets just say that what weapon X did to him may not have been permanent.
Think if your body's healing was so good it rejected all foreign objects.
Bingo. Sucessful Deadpool spin off.

A figleaf of your imagination said...

Thanks for stopping by Yusef, it's always nice to hear from any new readers.

I won't join in the discussion as Samuel knows waay more about Deadpool than I do so yeah, thanks for stopping by and don't be a stranger!!