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.