Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Deadpool (except not really)
Deadpool: comicbook style!
Who is this guy Deadpool?
Unless you’ve been living without access to the internet, or completely away from anyone who has access to the internet, you already know that the Marvel Comic character Deadpool is currently starring in an over the top, rock-’em sock-em, hellacious blockbuster film that tears the lid off what a comicbook superhero film can be.
Breathing life into a character
Conceived and visualized by artist Rob Liefeld and given a voice by writer Fabian Nicieza; Deadpool was introduced into issue #98 of the then ongoing Marvel comicbook (cover-dated (Feb. 1991), The New Mutants, and within short order became something of a sensation. Initially, Deadpool (A.K.A. Wade Winston Wilson) was depicted as a straight-up mercenary and supervillain. It was only later, that he began to evolve into the role of an antihero. At first blush, Deadpool comes off as a cross between the smart-aleck, wise-guy nature of Spider-Man coupled with the healing factor of Wolverine, with just a touch of DC’s Deadshot thrown for good measure.
Collecting: New Mutants (1983) 98, Deadpool: The Circle Chase 1, Deadpool (1994) 1, Deadpool (1997) 1, Cable & Deadpool 1, Deadpool (2008) 1, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth 1, Deadpool Team-Up 899, Deadpool Corps 1, Deadpool (2013) 1, Deadpool (2015) 1. By by Rob Liefeld (Author), Fabian Nicieza, and others.
Breaking the Fourth Wall.
Practically speaking Deadpool is a disfigured and admittedly, mentally unstable merc with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. He is sometimes referred to as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his motor-mouth nature. Adding to the appeal (or annoyance) of the character is his tendency to break the story’s “fourth wall,” which is used by writers to create humorous effect, and allows the character to not only speak directly to the audience, but to acknowledge that he is aware he exists within a comic (or movie).
Valentine's Day promo
No really, Who is this Guy?
As his popularity grew, he began appearing in all sorts of other comicbook titles as well as other media. Including a ‘04 series entitled Cable & Deadpool, where he refers to his own scarred appearance as “Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei” — which is actually funny as it was five years before Reynolds would go on to appear as Deadpool in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool also appeared in videogames, TV, film, and of course, toys.
Getting to know Deadpool
To Grow is to Change...
It was actually in ‘97, when Deadpool was given his own ongoing title — initially written by Joe Kelly and illustrated by Ed McGuinness — that he became more of an action comedy parody of the cosmic drama, antihero-heavy comics of the time. It was this series firmly established his supporting cast, including his prisoner/den mother Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) as well as his best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller). After his ultimately disappointing turn in the Wolverine film fans have been clamoring for his return. Reynolds — who really dos love the character — spent the better part of the seven years diligently working to not only get the character back onto the big screen, but to do so in a way that would make him line up more closely with his comicbook inspiration (which is why he took on a producer credit to make sur it got done right).
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Go see the film
As we did in our recent review of the film itself we want to caution parents to understand that this is a “Hard R” film, and not in any way, shape or form intended for anyone under the age of 17. There is not only extremely graphic violence, but copious amounts of nudity, and excessive amounts of cursing along with just a boatload of sexual innuendo as well as…well, just trust us, it just ain’t for kids. However, if you are 17 or older, like your funnybooks movies with heaping helpings of over-the-top ültra-violence, then boy-chick, you’ve come to the right theater.
Oh, two more things, 1) if you are lucky enough to go this Valentines’ Day Weekend and attend at a participating theater, don’t forget to ask for your special Deadpool figurine, and 2) stay through all the credits to catch the end trailer.