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Deadpool, the fun mutant

In the X-Men universe, a villain became a very popular anti-hero in the 1990s. Wade Wilson, his real name, represents extreme moral ambiguity in the Marvel Comics universe, and this appeals to the public, mainly thanks to humour and a good dose of cynicism. The hero of several films, he's proving himself to be a truly fashionable superhero.

Deadpool's awful origins

Created in 1990 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Deadpool first appeared in the "New Mutants" series of comics and soon joined the X-Force, a group of mutants operating in parallel with the X-Men, but with much more questionable methods.

As far as the creative process was concerned, the authors based their work primarily on Wolverine from the X-Men (regenerative abilities and traumatic origins), the agility of Spiderman and the appearance of Deathstroke from Teen Titans. In fact, the character's human name was invented as a joke because of the resemblance between the two costumes. Deathstroke is called Slade Wilson, while Deadpool is Wade Wilson.

According to the story, the character developed his regenerative powers while battling an aggressive cancer. This power was a double-edged sword: on the one hand he could recover from any injury, but on the other his cancer cells were also able to multiply constantly, giving him a disfigured appearance.

A macabre name

While the name "Deadpool" sounds pretty good for an anti-hero, the origins of the name are rather creepy.

When his powers were revealed, Wade Wilson was held captive by Ajax, who was carrying out horrific experiments on him. With the other prisoners, to cope with the suffering, a cynical game developed of betting on who would die first. This type of betting is known as "dead poll".

Deadpool's characteristic humour

What makes the character so successful is probably his sense of humour. Funny, witty, cynical... but often over the top, he's described as a character you can have fun with, but not for too long.

In the character, this humour emerged as a reaction to the suffering he underwent and the curse accompanying his super-power of regeneration. But further still, when he discovered his power, Deadpool also became aware that he was a comic book (or film) character... which gives him a very cynical, detached demeanour and allows him to break the 4th wall, often addressing the audience. In some stories, the Joker shows signs of a similar awareness, so Deadpool could be the anti-Joker?

In reality, Deadpool's humour was mainly a reaction to the comics craze of the 80s and 90s. At that time, publishers and the public were demanding more serious, darker and more violent comics. The proof is Tim Burton's Batman films, which were much darker than the film, and the TV series starring Adam West. Deadpool's creators wanted to set themselves apart by rediscovering the humour of the comics of yesteryear... while fitting in with the dark and violent stories. The result is a dark, cynical humour that's not for the faint-hearted!

Deadpool's success in the cinema

The character first appeared on the big screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released in 2009. He was already played by Ryan Reynolds, but there was no narrative continuity with future films centred on Deadpool. Here, the character serves as a mercenary for Major William Stryker, who gives him several mutant powers. He is eventually defeated by Wolverine and Creed, but survives despite being decapitated.

In 2016 the first Deadpool film was released, directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds. The character presents his origins and the reason for his hatred of Ajax. Ajax was supposed to cure Wade Wilson of cancer, but took the opportunity to conduct horrific experiments on him in order to awaken his genetic mutation. Ajax, played by Ed Skrein, is an artificial mutant.

There is also the character Negasonic Teenage Warhead. In the comics, she is a teenage mutant with many powers (strength, speed, telepathy, telekinesis) and the strong character of a teenager in crisis. She does play Deadpool, but in the film, where she takes the form of Brianna Hildebrand, her powers are different: she produces explosive shockwaves with her body.

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, was released in 2018. It stars Josh Brolin as Cable, a cybernetic soldier who has come from the future to take out Russell Collins (Julian Dennison), also known as Firefist.

Deadpool 3 is due for release in 2024, where he will team up with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

An entire universe on Shop for Geek

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