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Wade Wilson/Deadpool 101 (with bonus Wolverine Origins notes)
This post was inspired by pann_cake's question in response to my previous post on X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

For those of you who may see the Wolverine movie, and kind of think movie Deadpool is cool, you should read this and discover how much cooler than movie Deadpool the real thing actually is.

Ten Things You Should Know About (Canon) Deadpool

1. Origin and Name Origin:

Deadpool's early origins are hazy. One popular version of his parents has his mother dying young of cancer and his military father trying to raise Wade, who acted out because he was upset about his mother's death. In this origin Wade's father is killed by Wade's friend in a barfight when he's trying to get Wade to come home or behave, and Wade leaves, joins the Special Forces, is kicked out for being, in his own words, "too good," and becomes a mercenary. Sometime after this he is diagnosed with cancer, and breaks off a relationship with his then-girlfriend (who later becomes the mutant Copycat) because he doesn't want her to have to deal with it. He joins Weapon X because they promise they can cure him.

To cure him they give him a strain of Wolverine's healing factor. It doesn't work, but he is assigned to a team of other recruits. He "ices out" of the program for killing another recruit (the implication is that the other recruit killed for fun instead of the job) and is sent to "The Hospice," which is supposed to care for the program rejects but is actually an awful place with a Mengele-like doctor who experiments on the patients.

Wade tries to kill himself on arrival, which is Frowned Upon, and the sadistic Attending and Dr. Killebrew indicate a "special interest" in Wade, which means his odds in the "dead pool," i.e. the betting pool of who will die first, go way up - he will not die for a long time if they want to experiment on him endlessly, because they won't let him. Thus he becomes "King of the Dead Pool". Eventually Wade is driven crazy by the torturous experiments and starts seeing the incarnation of Death, who falls in love with him (because he is living but can see her). She tells him to join her, and he starts trying to make the Attending kill him. He says outlandish things and heckles the Attending constantly, raising other patients' morale in a very Ken Keseyan way. The Attending finally gets angry enough to try to take control back by lobotomizing Wade's best friend in the Hospice. To put his friend out of his misery, Wade kills him. The rule is that an inmate who kills must be killed, so the Attending has finally gotten what he wants - to kill Wade. Wade and Death are fine with this, EXCEPT that Wade is now so mad about what happened to his friend that his desire for revenge kick starts his healing factor, which causes him to re-grow his heart after it's ripped out. He takes the name "Deadpool," kills the Attending, and sets all the Hospice rejects free before going back to his mercenary ways in a new uniform that hides his scarred physique.

2. The T-Ray Debate:

Just ignore any and all inferences that Deadpool is really a dude named Jack who killed T-Ray and took his identity as Wade Wilson. And accept that all storylines involving T-Ray and his weird desire for "revenge" are whacked. Seriously. Ignore.

3. Mutant Powers:

Deadpool is not a mutant. Deadpool is a mutate. I.e. he has a healing factor, but it is derived from Wolverine's DNA, not something he was born with. The healing factor is insanely powerful, which means not only has he, at times, regrown digits and limbs, but he's even completely regenerated from A HAND. he's also recovered from decapitation, once his head was replaced on his body. The growth rate depends on a lot of things, including his mood at the time. For instance, he regrew his heart extremely quickly because he was motivated by extreme anger and a desire for revenge. His healing factor also makes him immune to things like drink and poison, unless they are in extremely high doses. The Cat once put him out with a dart that had enough tranquilizer to down an elephant for an hour or something like that, and opined that it would keep Deadpool knocked out "not nearly long enough."

4. By-product of Mutant Powers:

Because Wade had cancer when his healing factor kicked in, he has scar tissue and tumors disfiguring his entire body from where the healing factor interacted with the cancer. The healing factor constantly regenerates his cells in order to keep the cancer at bay. An effect of the constant regeneration is that his brain cells are in a constant state of flux, leading to one of the main reasons why Deadpool is Awesome. The constant shifting makes Deadpool insane in his own very special way. Traits of his insanity include his wacky sense of black humor and interjections of pop culture inanities, an unpredictable fighting style that's allowed him to beat Taskmaster and many others, and the awareness that he is actually in a comic book. This means Deadpool breaks the fourth wall A LOT, usually with very funny results.

5. Fighting and Other Skills:

Deadpool is skilled in all sorts of weaponry and a variety of fighting styles, including mastery of many martial arts. His trademark weapons include two katanas, a variety of guns (often helpfully labeled with things like, "Deadpool's Gun" and "This End at Enemy") and grenades. That's not by any means the limit of his arsenal, though. He's skilled with explosives and all kinds of random things. He can also speak German, Japanese, and several other languages. He also uses, at various times, a teleporter that can get him out of (and into) trouble, and a holographic image inducer to change his appearance. In the official Marvel guides, Deadpool ranks evenly with Wolverine in everything except fighting skills (1 point less). He's actually ranked above in speed, due to being a teleporter.

6. Romantic Interests:

Deadpool's had a thing for Siryn of X-Force for a long time. It's been vaguely returned now and again, but never seriously because he is, after all, crazy. And ugly. He had a relationship with Copycat both before and after Weapon X. Death fell in love with him at one point, but Thanos was jealous and thus cursed Deadpool so he's basically immortal. And, of course, almost all 50 issues of Cable & Deadpool are one big bromance, with Hints of Hoyay, referred to by the writer as "the greatest romance I've ever written." Take from that what you will. Currently, he either has or is pretending to have a thing for Black Widow of the Thunderbolts.

7. Deadpool in Popular Culture:

Deadpool has his own page on TVTropes. Because he is awesome. It is FUN READING. Seriously, dive in and read it. You may never surface again.

8. Deadpool's Rep:

Deadpool is pretty much one of the best fighters in the Marvel Universe, and I'm not even just saying that because I love him. Taskmaster (who is a premiere trainer of mercenaries) has acknowledged that *everyone* knows how good he is (but sometimes won't hire him because he's so unpredictable/unprofessional). He's beaten Taskmaster twice. He's gone toe-to-toe with Wolverine, Iron Fist, and The Hulk. He's laid out an entire squad of fighters by shooting without actually even really looking at them. He's fought several superpowered people at once without breaking a sweat. He kicks ass and takes names, y'all. And is awesome all the while.

9. Times Deadpool Has Saved the World All By Himself:

Once, to date. But nobody really knows and he's ashamed of it. Seriously.

10. Times Deadpool Has Helped Others to Save the World:

At least once, but Norman Osborn took credit, that tool.

Three Things You Should Know About Movie Deadpool

1. The way Wade is portrayed up until Nigeria is completely acceptable in terms of canon. Fighting style, wisecracks, etc. All fine. Ryan Reynolds does a great job IMO.

2. The Wade that's portrayed post-"Weapon XI" is not even remotely canon except for the healing factor, nor is his name origin. See above.

3. FOX are idiots for having changed his origin. That is all.

OK, I'm tired. Anyone want to know other things about Deadpool? Remind me to post about them. Heh.

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pann_cake From: pann_cake Date: May 2nd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (current file)
Omg yay, so much info! I knew asking you would be a good idea! Canon!Deadpool sounds all sorts of awesome! A spin-off movie with Ryan as Wade would be very cool indeed, if they scrap Wolverine entirely and go with the Real Story, lol.

BTW, mind if I email this to my boyfriend? He was swearing up and down that movie!Deadpool was "Correct" because he "played him in the X-Men Legends video game" whatever that means. I would love for you to school him, lol. :P

I might be off to read your old Deadpool fic now...I am verrrry interested. :D
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 2nd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hee. Canon!Deadpool *is* SO AWESOME. SO. AWESOME. I really wish I had a scanner because now that scans_daily is gone it's harder to just point to Panels of Awesomeness and say, SEE? IT'S RIGHT THERE ONLINE! But he is. :)

Oh, feel free to share with your BF. I am glad to discuss Deadpool any time, being the giant DP nerd that I am. :)

Hope you enjoy the fic if you read it! It is still ongoing, but I swear I will finish it soon. I can say it's as far within "canon" as I can make an "original plot" story. :)
hellmutt From: hellmutt Date: June 8th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC) (current file)
Deadpool is pretty awesome, and pretty close to his canonical self, in the X-Men Legends game (and the subsequent Marvel Heroes or whatever it's called), but the games are partly based on Marvel's "Ultimate" universe - best to view them as an alternative universe of their own.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 17th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC) (current file)
Have you seen the trailers for the MUA 2 game? He looks pretty darned fun in that! :)
hellmutt From: hellmutt Date: June 18th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC) (current file)
Ooh, haven't seen the trailers yet, but I've seen some concept art for him (see icon!) and it looks fantastic.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 27th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, the trailers look really neat. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC) (current file)

About T-Ray/Jack

Keep in Mind, if Jack was not Deadpool, then Deadpool was married. And if Deadpool was married, he didn't remember anything about his wife after he went nuts.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 6th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC) (current file)

Re: About T-Ray/Jack

If I recall correctly, T-Ray was messing with his memories and with hers, too - I'll have to dig up my issues of that arc, but I think that it could just have been T-Ray tricking them into believing they'd been married?

I'll have to get back to that.

Anyway, the whole storyline there is such a headache and kind of ridiculous. I love Joe Kelly, but the T-Ray "I was Wade Wilson" thing annoys me. In the end, DP and T-Ray even decided the history depended on which writer was writing the canon issues at the time! Heh.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC) (current file)

Re: About T-Ray/Jack

Gotta disagree with this one. I felt the T-Ray/Jack revelation was amazing. Joe Kelly set that up from the beginning of his run, with little clues throughout. (look for all the Patsy Kline "Crazy" references, or the specific faces Deadpool used to image induce.) It made a lot of sense AND it really didn't ruin the character, since ultimately T-Ray let him keep the name. And think about it: it's not like readers had anything invested in "Wade Wilson" at the time. It was just the name that Deadpool went by. You knew almost nothing about the guy before he was Deadpool. It wasn't like, say, the Spider-Clone story that revealed that Peter Parker wasn't the true Spider-Man and meant 20 years of stories happened to the wrong guy.

The whole matter didn't get confusing until Frank Tieri brought T-Ray back in a story that made NO sense whatsoever, and turned T-Ray from a heartless child killer to comic relief.

But to date, no writer has retconned out the incident between "Jack" and Wade & Mercedes Wilson. Even Fabian Nicenza didn't paint over it in Cable/Deadpool. So until some writer changes that, that means that incident happened. And if it happened, it happened one of two ways: the way T-Ray remembers it or the way Deadpool remembers it. If it's the way T-Ray remembers it, the ONLY thing that changes is Deadpool's real name, which doesn't matter, because nobody, including T-Ray, cares that Jack goes by Wade Wilson now. If it's the way Deadpool remembers it, that means Deadpool is really Wade Wilson, a teacher who lived a happy, peaceful life with his college sweetheart. This contradicts almost EVERYTHING we know about Deadpool's pre- "incident with Jack" days. Both Nicenza and Christopher Priest told (very different) accounts of Deadpool's teenage years, and neither one adds up to someone who would become a hippie-ish softie up in Maine. I'd say the delinquent young teen would be more like "Jack".

misangeles From: misangeles Date: May 3rd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC) (current file)
Deadpool is pretty much one of the best fighters in the Marvel Universe

Absolutely! I consistently chose Deadpool for my superhero team when I was playing Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and he just rocked the house with his grenade attacks.

But pann_cake, I'm not sure what your BF means by movie!Deadpool being "correct" because I've played the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance game (he's also an unlockable character in X-Men Legends II), and game!Deadpool is a wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking crazy man in a red suit with two katanas strapped to his back. It *is* the Ryan Reynolds character in the beginning of the movie, but that's not the character who shows up as "Weapon XI." Eew.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 3rd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, DP has never left my MUA team. LOOOOVE.
inlaterdays From: inlaterdays Date: May 10th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC) (current file)
I am a new-ish comic!Deadpool fan who creepily stalked you from deadpool_fans to your own journal. I AM SORRY for the creepy but not completely sorry because OMG you are an amazing source of information.

I am commenting to let you know I'm meming this post (hope that's okay) and to ask what this refers to:

9. Times Deadpool Has Saved the World All By Himself:
Once, to date. But nobody really knows and he's ashamed of it. Seriously.

I have read all of Cable & Deadpool and am in the process of working through his original solo run, all the crossovers, and the current series by Way (about which latter I have mixed feelings).

...I'll go away now. But thank you for being awesome.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 10th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC) (current file)
LOL. I totally do not mind fans of Deadpool talking with me. Because, as you can see, I love Deadpool. Heh. So unless you start showing up outside my house I am totally cool with LJ convos. ;)

Feel free to spread the Word of Deadpool. I would rather people who just saw him in Wolverine knew how totally MOAR AWESOME he is in canon.

Re: #9, have you finished issues 1-33 of the 1997 run yet? I don't want to spoil things for you, but that refers to one of the main storylines in that part of the run.

Yeah, Way's definitely not my favorite Deadpool writer. (POOL-O-VISION, GAH.) I am curious to see what the Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth series will turn out like - it sounds like it could be awesome.

Glad you enjoyed my post!
inlaterdays From: inlaterdays Date: May 11th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC) (current file)
Ah, thank you for the information! That's something I have to look forward to, then. :)

And I hope I didn't REALLY creep you out! I get over-enthusiastic and follow a lot of links when I find a new fandom, and I like to let people know I'm reading.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 11th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC) (current file)
Heh, no. I am not that easy to creep out. :) And I get like that, too.
carissa_cat From: carissa_cat Date: May 11th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC) (current file)
Deadpool is MADE of awesome. End.

Where exactly did Fabian say "the greatest romance I've ever written". I really want to find it..
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 11th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (current file)
LOL - that *is* pretty much all that needs to be said.

It was in an interview, I believe? I KNOW I read the source of that, but now I can't remember where exactly it was. Darn it! If I remember, I'll get back to you. :)
carissa_cat From: carissa_cat Date: May 11th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (current file)
Somewhere along the way he got injected with pure win and it remains with him to this day.

Loads of people from the Cable&Deadpool community remember, but they just can't find it.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 12th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC) (current file)
One day one of us will locate it. :)
hellmutt From: hellmutt Date: June 8th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, I'd like the source on that too. It's a very fitting quote.

But really, the suntan lotion scene speaks for itself. Bromance for the win.
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