The eighth instalment in 20th Century Fox's X-Men series is proving to be the most anticipated yet (not least of all because it's spent more than a decade stuck in development hell). Deadpool is scheduled for release February 12th 2016, and its viral marketing campaign has so far been incredibly successful in building hype for the (until recently) not so widely known comic book character.
A Brief History
Deadpool first appeared back in The New Mutants in 1991 as a supervillain; a killer for hire, he made appearances across different titles to begin with, clashing with hero groups like the New Mutants, the Avengers and Heroes For Hire. He had a couple of miniseries before he was given his own title series in 1997, which quickly earned a cult following due to the light-hearted parody it provided to the heavier, more dramatic comics of the 90s. This ran until the early 2000's, when it was rebooted as Agent X.
Since then he's been partnered with Cable and crossed paths with Wolverine before being given his own title back in 2008. Around about this time Deadpool decides he wants to be a hero, which leads to more run-ins with popular characters such as Spider-Man. There's been a few relaunches since then, with the character going from strength to strength (if you ignore his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that is).
Deadpool and Spider-Man
Spider-Man and Deadpool have crossed paths more than a few times in the past; sometimes as enemies, sometimes as uneasy friends and partners, always with their trademark humours bouncing off each other to pretty hilarious effect.
Deadpool is such a great character because of his sense of humour and unwillingness to take anything seriously, and it's never documented better than through his interactions with other heroes, especially Spider-Man.
Though we won't get to see the web-slinger appearing in the upcoming film, it doesn't mean that we're not going to get to see the same kind of humour that forms the basis of their relationship.
Whether they're trading 'Your Mother' insults...
Or fighting dinosaurs (which Deadpool accidentally teleported into Manhattan, because of course he did)...
Breaking the fourth wall...
Or, in this touching scene from the Deadpool Annual 2, helping out a fellow super-bro.
Will we ever get to see Spider-Man in a Deadpool movie?
With the new Spider-Man/Deadpool crossover comic book series announced demand for the two popular Marvel characters to cross paths onscreen has never been higher.
Unfortunately due to rights issues it doesn't look like we're going to get to see a Deadpool/Spider-Man crossover anytime soon, although Sony has finally loosed their grip enough to lend Spidey to Marvel Studio, so we live in quiet hope.
Fortunately there's a strong supporting cast in Deadpool to fill the Spider-Man-shaped void; with T.J. Miller appearing as Deadpool's friend and information broker Weasel and Leslie Uggams as his housekeeper, Blind Al, both of whom should provide enough back-and-forth to capture the facet Deadpool's humour best expressed through his relationships with others.