With Ryan Reynolds, we can all rest assured that everyone’s favorite merc-with-a-mouth, Deadpool, is in capable hands. Now that the first film has served its purpose, we’re ready for everything we were promised in its sequel. Cable, Domino, blood, laughs and profanity, all that sh…stuff.
There are so many things we want to see adapted to film and quite a few of Deadpool’s most prominent adversaries and allies have already been introduced into the film universe. There’s so much to do with them, so many crazy little adventures to be had and so little time! Therefore, we’ve gathered 15 “Deadpool” story arcs, both large and small, that we hope will be adapted or at least referenced in the upcoming “Deadpool.”
15. WHEN HE TRIED TO KILL CABLE
Before Wade really became Wade, he was just another assassin. In his first appearance back in “The New Mutants” #98 (written by Rob Liefeld and Fabien Nicienza, artwork by Liefeld and Steve Buccellato), Deadpool is sent, along with Copycat (but we’re not supposed to know that yet), to the X-Mansion by Tolliver (who is actually Cable’s son from the future and would later become Genesis) to kill Cable.
Since Cable and Domino are definitely going to appear in the film and since Deadpool isn’t a superhero per se, there’s a good chance we’ll see something like this happen in “Deadpool 2.” Nothing brings two beloved characters closer than one’s attempt at fulfilling a contract killing. It could provide a great basis for Vanessa revealing herself to be the mutant Copycat, it’d also be a believable (if that even matters) storyline to establish the tenuous (and hilarious) relationship between Cable and Deadpool.
14. IF LOOKS COULD KILL
If we want to see Deadpool grow as a character, it might make sense to adapt some of the “Cable & Deadpool: If Looks Could Kill” story arc (written by Fabien Nicieza, illustrated by Mark Brooks, Patrick Zircher and many others) in which Deadpool and Cable are pretty much bound to each other by blood, a side effect of their solution to a virus infecting them both. Because they share DNA now, every time one of them teleports, the other one is dragged along as well.
Obviously, we haven’t seen Deadpool teleport in the films yet (no, Weapon XI doesn’t count). Adapting this storyline somehow might be a great way of introducing into the film, one of many teleportation devices comic book Deadpool has used over the years. With the tendency to poke fun at itself almost guaranteed, there’s a lot of potential in this story arc and its similarity to every buddy cop comedy ever or that one shot storyline in every cartoon series or television show where two characters are cuffed to each other and grow together from the experience. It’d definitely give Deadpool a chance to do something genuinely heroic, like Colossus would’ve wanted.
13. THIRTY PIECES
There’s a reason why fans are excited to see Cable in the upcoming film. Cable and Deadpool have had a long standing relationship in the comics and while you’re more likely to trust Cable with your life rather than Deadpool, Wade has proven himself to be more compassionate than he appears. We see that in the “Cable & Deadpool: Thirty Pieces” story arc (written by Fabien Nicieza, artwork by Patrick Zircher and more) when he tries to rescue Cable and fix the techno-organic mutant while trying to evade the assassin, Agent X.
Just another great example of Deadpool fulfilling the requirement(s) of being a hero. The actual storyline is a bit too “out there” right now to be adapted to films (the world isn’t ready for M.O.D.O.K.) but adapting elements of it would still make for a great movie, one that’s epic, or as epic as they can afford since they’re budget isn’t going to be that much larger. It’d help develop Cable as being hounded by that techno-organic virus and it’d keep the focus on Deadpool.
12. THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE
This storyline on the other hand may actually be fit for a whole movie. The two-issue “The Domino Principle” story arc (written by Fabien Nicieza, illustrated by Ron Lim and others) has Domino chasing after Deadpool after he was hired by none other than Cable to take down Flag Smasher, a terrorist who has taken the country of Rumekistan.
That story arc is smack-dab in an action-packed grey area, which is pretty much where we usually find Deadpool. Everyone against each other except for Cable and Deadpool who are trying to free a whole nation whereas Domino is trying to remain professional. It’s an exciting story about freedom, mercenaries and heroes that wouldn’t eat away at the limited budget given to “Deadpool 2,” given its setting and few important characters, all of which are expected to appear in the upcoming film. Except for Flag Smasher, but he can always be replaced with some other tyrannical villain.
11. DOMINO ISN’T DOMINO
One of the things we really want to see is Vanessa revealing herself to be the mutant, Copycat. In the comics, we discover that from the beginning until “X-Force” #11 (written by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, artwork by Mark Pacella, Dan Panosian and Steve Buccellato) the X-Force member known as Domino was actually the impostor, Copycat, who had been masquerading as the mercenary after an abandoned assassination attempt.
“Deadpool” (directed by Tim Miller) gave no evidence at all that Vanessa was actually a mutant (unless you count her surviving that six-story fall in a glass incubator), but it could still happen. Even if it doesn’t, there’s still hope that the film will at least offer a small nod of sorts to the story arc since it was sort of a big thing in the comics. It’s not everyday you discover a major character’s first appearance wasn’t technically her first appearance.
10. BOB THE HYDRA AGENT
Deadpool has made a lot of acquaintances over the years, some just as twisted and misunderstood as him. Bob the Hydra Agent for example, first met Deadpool in “Cable & Deadpool” #38 (written by Fabien Nicieza with artwork by Reilly Brown, Jeremy Freeman and Pat Davidson) when the miniature merc-with-the-mouth forced Bob into helping him rescue Agent X and escape a Hydra facility. Bob’s a coward, but he has his uses and it’d be great to see him help Wade out from time to time.
You might have missed it, but Bob did actually appear in “Deadpool,” though he wasn’t shown to be a Hydra agent since Hydra can’t legally exist in the “X-Men” movie universe. Instead, he’s one of Francis’ hired goons, one that Wade knocks out after having a brief conversation with him about his wife and kids. Comic book Bob is a coward and if the film was faithful to the comics, it’s likely he ran away when he came to. There’s a good chance he could show up later on, helping Wade out from time to time like he does in the comics as Deadpool’s trusty, cowardly buddy.
9. DEADPOOL AND DEATH SITTING IN A TREE
Deadpool has quite an odd relationship with Death. He was infatuated with her and she seemed to feel the same way. That’s actually why Thanos, who we all know is obsessed with winning Death’s affections, cursed Deadpool with immortality. The story of Deadpool and Death is actually quite dark if you think about it. As we can see in the 1998 “Deadpool and Death Annual” (written by Joe Kelly, illustrated by Steve Harris, Reggie Jones and Chris Sotomayor), Wade begged for Death when he was one of Dr. Killbrew’s prisoner/guinea pig.
It’d definitely be taking the film in a different direction, but that’s part of the reason why it’d be interesting to watch. Death plays quite a big part in Deadpool’s overall story and while it is admittedly unlikely that they’ll ever include Death in the upcoming film, we can at least hope for a nod to their comic book relationship in the form of a bombshell with a skull mask or one of Wade’s meta witticisms.
8. MADCAP/INNER VOICES
Deadpool is known for talking to himself and having multiple voices conversing in his head. In the pages of his comics, that other voice usually takes the form of white caption boxes. In the 2013 “Deadpool Annual” (written by Ben Acker, illustrated by Evan Shaner and Tradd Moore) those white boxes represented Madcap, who was bound within Deadpool’s mind after they were both turned to ash by Thor during an assassination attempt on Daredevil went awry. Madcap has continued to be something of a nuisance to Deadpool. At one point, he even started dressing up as Deadpool to make people fear him.
Madcap isn’t exactly a film-worthy main antagonist, purely because he’s just far too ridiculous (the guy carries around a bubble gun!) but it’d still be awesome to see some sort of acknowledgement of the character in some other form. Maybe Deadpool comes across another mutant and they’re both turned into one big pile of regenerative ash. If not him, we could still see Wade arguing with himself in some way. It’s as fun as it is outlandish and dark, which we love about Deadpool’s comics.
7. DEADPOOL’S WEDDING
Wade Wilson’s love life is colorful, to say the least. He’s been with a lot of people over the years, he was even married once! His not-so-subtly epic wedding took place in “Deadpool Vol 3” #27 (written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan with artwork by Mike Hawthorne and Jordie Bellaire) in one of his more tender issues. You truly feel that he and Shiklah, Queen of the Undead, are really made for each other.
Having a whole underground city of monsters and a gorgeous demon lady might be a bit much to ask for from “Deadpool 2” but an epic wedding full of superheroes (or just X-Men) isn’t, is it? After “Logan” left us all emotional wrecks, maybe a cheerful X-Men gathering is what we need. Even if Shiklah isn’t the bride, Deadpool’s wedding can definitely be written into the upcoming film. It’s romance related, which is something you have to consider when guessing at the plot for a film with the working title, “Love Machine.”
6. HEALING FACTOR
Deadpool is first and foremost a hired gun (or so he’d have us believe) and we definitely want to see more of that. His mission to exterminate the Four Winds in the two-issue “Healing Factor” story arc (written by Gail Simone with artwork by Udon Studios) places him in the crosshairs of a rival assassin named Black Swan. Black Swan infects Wade with a virus and has him beaten and tortured. That’s the life of a merc for you.
We like seeing Wade in action, keeping the comedy coming even when under fire. This story arc would be great if adapted to film, of course, with changes made concerning certain characters Fox doesn’t own the rights to. Wade’s body, mind and healing factor under threat by a virus created by another mutant would definitely be interesting to see. We’ve seen him at his best, we have to see him at his lowest. It’s kind of a time honored superhero film tradition to have the hero’s powers taken away so we can see what they’re really made of.
5. WADE WILSON’S WAR
Adapting this one would mean casting doubt as to whether we can trust anything we see when Deadpool shows us stuff in his films, which is a pretty exciting prospect. He’s a bit of an unreliable narrator as we discover in the “Wade Wilson’s War” mini-series (written by Duane Swierczynski, art by Jason Trent Pearson and many more) which shows us how Wade Wilson’s bouts of insanity may actually distort a lot of the things we see.
It’d be a dark turn if we find out most of what we see is just Wade’s traumatised mind trying to make sense of things, or if we were made to doubt him by being given another version of his origin story by a different character. However it might be done, this was a great story arc and it’d be relatively easy to work it into the film somehow, even if it’s just for one act of the film. It’s dark, funny and it’d add a bit more depth to Deadpool’s character. It’d also be a simple way of introducing Domino as Deadpool’s partner in…killing for money.
4. THE CIRCLE CHASE
If on the off-chance “Deadpool 2” does turn Vanessa into Copycat, they might be able to adapt Deadpool’s first miniseries, “The Circle Chase” (written by Fabien Nicieza, illustrated by Joe Madureira and others) in which Deadpool and Copycat are hunted by a lot of bad guys (or “badder” guys, depending on how you see Wade), all of who are trying to obtain a weapon left behind by Tolliver.
It’d be great to see the film offer some kind of acknowledgement to Deadpool’s first miniseries. “The Circle Chase” was also a great story for Weasel too, a character T.J Miller absolutely nailed in “Deadpool.” It’d be great to see him more involved in Deadpool’s deadly adventures. There’s also that ending they could adapt with Deadpool saving Vanessa by somehow giving her his healing ability. She’s great in the film but it’d be even more awesome to see her do cool stuff like her comic book counterpart.
3. DEAD PRESIDENTS
In one of his wilder stories, Deadpool finds himself against an army of undead presidents, resurrected by ex-S.H.I.E.L.D agent Hawthorne, also known as Necromancer. The five-issue story arc, “Dead Presidents” (written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, artwork by Tony Moore among others), has Deadpool fighting zombie presidents from throughout American history from George Washington to President Reagan (whom he fights in space!).
The world might not be ready for of zombie presidents fighting a mutant mercenary who constantly breaks the fourth wall. Even so, people might enjoy seeing a villain like Necromancer bringing back at least one famous political figure for Deadpool to go toe to toe with. Roll out his crazy world slowly. Do we really need another reason to want it other than because unpredictably ridiculous things like that are kind of what we look forward to in “Deadpool?”
2. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
As the title suggests, Deadpool goes to sort out some unfinished business in the two-issue “Unfinished Business” story arc (written by Fabien Nicieza, illustrated by Jeremy Freeman and others). First order of business for him is to find, free and fight Taskmaster so he can prove he’s the best. One of the biggest things in this arc is that in the end, after defeating Taskmaster and Rhino, Deadpool decides he’ll start trying to be a hero.
Ryan Reynolds did say that earlier drafts of the “Deadpool” screenplay had Taskmaster in it but he was cut due to the cost. With a slightly larger budget, maybe they could include him this time and have Deadpool test his skills against him like he did in this story arc. Rhino also faces Deadpool in this (normal sized this time), but given that Fox doesn’t own the rights to him…they still have the rights to Juggernaut don’t they? Maybe he could be the one to be the one Deadpool shrinks down to the size of a keychain and faces again. The most important thing is Deadpool’s decision to start acting more like a superhero. That path toward heroism is much more fitting for Deadpool.
If you really look at Wade as a character, you’ll start to realise that he’s actually quite the nihilist. He has fantastic powers but he wants none of it. He is cursed with immortality, which is why he often seeks some way to undo what was done to him. In the “Dead” story arc (written by Daniel Way, illustrated by Ale Garza and more), he finds a cure and tricks many of his friends into obtaining a cure for him. Eventually getting his wish: being able to die. “Reborn” deals with the aftermath of that. Wade is still living his life of danger but without the safety of his healing factor.
It’d definitely be interesting to see Wade fight as just Wade Wilson again. Given the way “Deadpool” ended, it would make sense for Wade to keep searching for a way to fix himself. It’d give him even more of a reason to seek out allies like Domino and Cable (assuming they are in fact his allies in “Deadpool 2”). At the very least, it’d make it the film that much more thrilling (even though we all know he’ll come out of it alright in the end).
Are there any other storylines from the “Deadpool” comics that you hope make their way into the movie sequel? Tell us which ones in the comments!