Originally created as a comical spoof on DC’s Deathstroke, Deadpool has been a character like none other in Marvel (or DC’s, for that matter). Appearing in The New Mutants issue #98 (February 1991), the character was portrayed more of an evil one, tasked to kill X-Man Cable, the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor.
Over the years, Deadpool became a small recurring character who would be more of a pain than a real antagonist. But as his appearances became frequent, his back story developed and gained popularity with readers.
Eventually, Deadpool got his series in 1993. However, it wasn’t until 1997, under the penmanship of Joe Kelly, where his acts became extremely comical and parodied superheroes. His character was also toned down from being a villain to more of the modern day anti-hero we know. His signature move of breaking the fourth wall was also added in Kelly’s work. Deadpool’s antics became more defined and comical over the years, especially when the story arc was handed over to Christopher Priest and then Gail Simone.
In 2008, Deadpool got another solo series, where his rants and actions were justified as portraying him as a victim of multi personality disorder who frequently hallucinates.
Deadpool has been presented in many different forms and personalities in parallel Marvel universes. He has been a member of Pale Riders, working for Apocalypse, part of Deadpool Corps (a collection of Deadpools from alternative universes), a body-less head called Headpool in Marvel’s Zombies.
In 2009, Deadpool was envisioned as ordinary human looking mercenary (Ryan Reynolds) with super human speed and agility with katanas. He was transformed into Weapon XI by Col. Stryker, possessing different mutant properties (Cyclops optic blast, Wolverine’s healing ability, and Wraith’s teleportation, among a few.)
Ironically, the Merc with a mouth had his lips sewn together and doesn’t say a word in this iteration of Deadpool
In 2016, the stand-alone movie Deadpool was released, where Ryan Reynolds reprised the character. This time the backstory involved Wade Wilson, an assassin having terminal cancer who was assured a cure by another mercenary, Ajax. The procedure disfigured Wade and activated recessed genes, giving him his healing properties. The process left a mental scar that leads to his current mental state. This reboot is as close to the wisecracking, fourth wall breaking comic character fans fell in love with.
The sequel of Deadpool is slated for release on May 18, 2018. Although the story is kept secret, but confirmed characters include Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Colossus, Domino and Cable. So we just might see the formation of X-Force.
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