When it comes to comic book characters, move over passé, standard fare because there’s a new guy in town. No, he is not Spiderman’s evil twin. Although admittedly, he does look a little bit like Spidey, this guy’s a lot crazier and is likely packing guns. So who is this spandex-wearing nutcase? Let us introduce you to Deadpool. Popular with the comic book crowd, Deadpool has now officially arrived on the silver screen in a quirky and unabashedly sassy film representing the eighth installment of Marvel’s X-Men film series. Here are a few of the basics about one of this year’s most memorable comic book characters.
So who is Deadpool? Deadpool used to be a mercenary and an assassin, at one time being more of a triggerman than anything akin to a hero. A major health crisis came in the form of a cancer diagnosis. For Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), cancer changed everything. Being utterly desperate for a cure and hoping to stop his rapidly spreading disease, Wade signed up for the Weapon X program. While a part of the Weapon X protocol, Wade’s body was infused with the Wolverine’s super charged healing factor. That’s the point when things began to get very, very interesting.
The Good News and The Bad News. For Deadpool, the good news is that the healing factor has cured his cancer. The bad news is that the “cure” has left his body extremely scarred and hideously disfigured, obviously very upsetting for this once rather a dashing fella. Additionally, Deadpool’s mind is now regularly racing in the most bizarre, nearly insane sort of way.
To conceal his deformities, Deadpool dons a Spiderman-inspired spandex look, sans the web shooters, of course. Although Deadpool looks up to Spiderman quite a bit, he prefers real tough guy weaponry and is well known for his clever use of a couple of ninja-like katanas, in addition to a whole arsenal of guns and deadly knives.
Deadpool’s rather remarkable healing ability makes him something well beyond invincible. Even a complete decapitation can’t stop him--he’d just simply put his head back in place, heal himself up, and go about his day. It’s entirely possible that this ability to heal has contributed to Deadpool being more than a little bit nuts--he’s far battier than Batman--and when it comes to being a bit rough around the edges, he’s simply unsurpassed.
In addition to being a turbo healer, Deadpool is unyielding and athletic. He also can teleport himself out of trouble and can disguise himself at will into just about anything or anyone, including other superheroes. Talk about confusing!
Although more of an antihero than a superhero, to know Deadpool is to love him. The guy seems to have a genuinely good heart. Don’t let the fact that he’s killed many alter the fact that deep down, he may be a really good guy. In his new movie, Deadpool is on a mission to seek out and destroy the man responsible for ruining his life--you won’t want to miss it. But be warned, for this rather irreverent film you might want to leave the kids at home.
Deadpool. His story is now showing at a theater near you. His epic costume is waiting for you at Halloween Express!