Deadpool aka Merc with a Mouth aka Wade Wilson game, movies and comics
Deadpool's comic origins
Deadpool got his start in marvel comics as a villain in New Mutants issue #98 (Feb. 1991), and was created by Rob Liefield and Fabian Nicieza. He also appear in later issues of X-force as well. He is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary and antihero who has a witty mouth and is known to "break the fourth wall".
He is also a master marksman and martial artist with a regenerative healing factor better than Wolverine's along with enhanced strength, agility, flexibility and reflexes. Carries a magic satchel of which he stows his weapons and other random items and uses devices that allow for teleportation and holographic disguise.
He was named Wade Wilson as a nod to Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson of DC comics who has similar skills and abilities. He is also immune to telepathy as well due to his brain cells constantly dying and regenerating due to him having cancer.
Deadpool had a rough upbringing and in his younger days he had an abusive father from a military background. When he was younger he was often withdrawn and was a delinquent. When he was 18 he was in the military for a brief amount of time before being discharged for disorderly conduct.
Shortly after being discharged he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In as last ditch effort he joined the weapon x program. In the weapon x program he was experimented on and given regenerative powers much greater than wolverine's. The experimentation also left him mentally unstable.
His regenerative healing factor accelerated his cancer leaving him scarred all over and in a lot of pain. Deemed a failed experiment he was put into a hospice where other human experiments were left to die. In this hospice other patients would make a "deadpool" or betting pool as to who was next to die. Eventually Wade was put to death for killing someone there (although in reality he was putting his friend out of his misery).
It was then that Wade Wilson's regenerative powers kicked in, he fled from the facility and became a deadly mercenary/assassin for hire. Over the years he studied several martial arts and has become a deadly marksman. Due to his brain cells constantly dying and regenerating (due to his cancer and healing factor), he has lost his earlier memories and is mentally unhinged.
He has starred in his own comic book series as well as team up with other Marvel characters and teams such as the Avengers, Cable, Spider-man and many others.
Deadppol and Death 1998 Annual
Classic comic book describing Deadpool and Death's complicated relationship.
Deadpool in video games
Deadpool has starred in a number of video games whether as the main character or playing a smaller part. One of the first games he was in was X-men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse. He was a boss in the game but could be later unlocked to be a playable character.
He has also been in both Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games. The first one he was playable from the start and the second one, he was a boss but could be recruited to be a playable character.
He also appears as a villain in spider-man:shattered dimensions. He is voiced by Nolan North in this version, Nolan North being the voice actor for most of his appearances.
He stars in the fighting game Marvel vs Capcom 3:Fate of Two Worlds, voiced by nolan north.
Deadpool also stars in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, as a character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance and as a costume for LittleBigPlanet. He is also in the free to play MMORPG Marvel Heroes where he is voiced by Nolan North. In Lego Marvel Super Heroes he is a playable character as well.
In 2013 he finally got his own video games simply titled Deadpool. He is voiced by Nolan North as with so many other iterations of his character. It was developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision. While the Deadpool video game has received mixed reviews it has mostly been positive. The only fault I find in his own self titled game is they could have worked on the combat a little more and the targeting system.
The story is a little hard to follow as Deadpool tends to make it up as he goes it seems, especially with wacky over the top cutscenes and quick time events which are indescribable but often in a darkly humorous manner.
The gameplay reminds me a lot of the batman arkham series (but with guns!). With a similar combat/combo system but not as refined as the batman arkham series. The guns can even be played or used in combos as well. The targeting system used with the guns is a little hard to control and can take some getting used to, with a loose lock on feature (don't move right stick and it the lock on will stay on target but doesn't always). The Deadpool game was well worth the wait though, and I hope that in the future it might spawn a sequel or deadpool having more starring roles in video games.
Deadpool Classic Vol. 1
A collection of early Deadpool comic books put into one volume.
Deadpool in Movies and television
Deadpool's first few roles in animated series/television weren't speaking parts. He had several cameo appearances on the popular 90's cartoon show X-Men, either as Morph changing into his likeness, flashbacks or mental projections.
Before Wolverine and the X-Men was canceled in season two he would have had a starring role.
Deadpool also had a brief cameo in the Marvel Anime X-men series in the episode "Destiny".
Deadpool appeared in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man titled "Ultimate Deadpool" and voiced by Will Friedle. In that episode he was shown as a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who dropped out to become a mercenary.
Over the course of the episode Spiderman has a growing dislike and disdain for Deadpool (especially since he kills). They both end up fighting Taskmaster though and it is shown how Spiderman and Deadpool have had similar life experiences but in the case of Deadpool he took the wrong path in life.
Deadpool appears in the animated movie Hulk Vs Wolverine where he is voiced by Nolan North. He is part of a military strike team who is after Wolverine and the Hulk to bring them back to the Weapon X program to be brainwashed and converted into the ultimate "weapons". Hulk Vs Wolverine also stars Lady Deathstrike, Omega Red and Sabretooth.
The movie is primarily between Hulk, wolverine and the strike team and how they interact with each other. Both Wolverine and the strike team are trying to get to Hulk, Wolverine is doing it to stop the destruction he is supposedly causing and the strike team just wanting the Hulk to be used as a weapon.
Deadpool Video game
His own self titled video game. Available on multiple consoles/platforms such as PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Where did you first read/see Deadpool?
Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2 episode 15 Ultimate Deadpool episode
This is the on the second season of Ultimate Spider man on episode 15 where Deadpool plays a major part in the episode (and quite literally takes over the show/episode).
Deadpool Vol 3: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
I got this for free comic's book day and it is an excellent graphic novel. Features Luke Cage and Iron Fist as well as Captain America and Wolverine.
History of Deadpool (short version)
Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe
Deadpool kills the Marvel universe in this non-cannon comic book. This is a collection of issues 1-4.
Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War
Goes into some background information about Deadpool and his origin story.
History of Deadpool (longer version)
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Deadpool Vol. 1 Dead Presidents
Deadpool fights resurrected dead presidents. (no joke lol)
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Deadpool and Cable Ultimate Collection Book 1
A collection of Deadpool and Cable issues #1-18.