Wait 'til you get a load of him! From comic books to the silver screen, Deadpool has millions of fans choking with laughter, and he's got more where that came from.
Need a refresher on the #XMen universe's breakout star and what he's been up to? Whether you're new to Deadpool or just looking for cool news about your favorite mutant and his upcoming movie sequel, starring #RyanReynolds — which is in development right now — here are the essential goods.
Deadpool In A Nutshell (And Why He's So Popular)
Wade Wilson is a mercenary antihero who never shuts up, hence his reputation as "the Merc with a Mouth." After he was struck with severe cancer, Wilson entered the experimental #WeaponX program alongside #Wolverine; this gave him superhuman healing abilities — similar to Logan's — but left him with a hideous face and a bit of an unhinged mind (being generous here).
Deadpool is one of the funniest characters in comic book history, thanks to his endless pop-culture references and breaking the fourth wall to comment on superhero tropes and clichés. His constant jokes and refusal to take anything seriously irritate and inconvenience his super-powered peers to no end, whether they're heroes or villains.
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Deadpool's most recent live-action appearance is a three-minute comedic teaser "No Good Deed" attached to Logan, which shows him attempting (and failing) to emulate Christopher Reeve's Superman as a crimefighter:
Deadpool In The Comics
Deadpool has been all over the place in the Marvel comic universe. He first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (1991), illustrated by Rob Liefeld and written by Fabian Nicieza, in which he goes up against Cable, the time-traveling son of Cyclops. Deadpool's oddball partnership with Cable is similar to Murtaugh and Riggs' from Lethal Weapon — they drive each other crazy, but they've been frenemies for more than 25 years now.
Deadpool's encounters with the X-Men, Spider-Man and (oddly) #Thanos are likewise unforgettable. His bromantic relationship with Spider-Man is what you'd put on your Facebook status as "complicated"; his rivalry with Thanos centers on their love triangle with Death — yes, Deadpool and Thanos are both in love with Death.
Deadpool In The Movies
Ryan Reynolds first played Deadpool in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but fans — who overwhelmingly approved of Reynolds' casting — were disappointed with the final portrayal of the character. Reynolds wanted to redeem Deadpool on the big screen, so he got together with director Tim Miller to film a couple minutes of comic-book-accurate test footage, which subsequently leaked online:
The footage received a hell of a lot of smiles, and proved to 20th Century Fox that a potentially massive audience existed for a Deadpool solo movie. The studio green-lit the film, which premiered in the U.S. on February 12, 2016. It broke comic book origin movie tropes while remaining faithful to the source material, hitting comedic notes but also surprisingly emotional ones, such as Wade Wilson’s struggle with cancer and his desire to make things right with his girlfriend Vanessa.
Deadpool debuted with an impressive $132 million opening weekend, breaking records as the highest-grossing opening in February, and swiftly became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time worldwide. It delighted longtime Deadpool fans and created plenty of new ones. Here's the official red band trailer:
Deadpool is now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital HD. It’s streaming now on HBO Go.
Will Deadpool Ever Meet Spider-Man Or The Avengers In The Movies?
Deadpool is officially part of the X-Men cinematic universe. In the mid-'90s, Marvel faced bankruptcy and sold character rights to different companies; Spider-Man went to #Sony, while the #FantasticFour and X-Men (and anything associated with "mutants") went to #Fox. Disney, which later bought Marvel, owns the rights to the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we all know and love.
So it's unlikely that Deadpool will ever meet Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk on the big screen. However, Sony and Disney worked out a deal for Spider-Man to join the #MCU — and Fox's icy relationship with Marvel has thawed in the past year — so anything's possible.
#Deadpool2 has been green-lit, but the development of the sequel hasn't been as smooth as the first one. Director Tim Miller and composer Junkie XL left the project, but John Wick co-director David Leitch will take over the directing duties. A new composer has yet to be announced, but Leitch’s regular Tyler Bates might be a good choice.
As promised in the post-credits scene of Deadpool, the sequel will feature #Cable. The studio is still looking for an actor, with rumored candidates including Michael Shannon, Pierce Brosnan, David Harbour and Brad Pitt. The sequel will also feature the comic book character Domino, to be played by Atlanta star Zazie Beetz.
Deadpool may appear in future mutant films, including the rumored X-Force with Cable.