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Marvel Legacy Honors Deadpool’s Despicable Roots

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Marvel Legacy Honors Deadpool’s Despicable Roots

Deadpool will be getting back to his villainous roots when the Marvel Legacy arc rolls through the company’s many ongoing storylines later this fall. According to new information released by Marvel, Despicable Deadpool #287 will see the Merc with a Mouth forced to make good on a bad deal after a nefarious villain helps him save a family.

The villain in question is Stryfe, the clone of Nathan Summers, otherwise known as Cable. Since Stryfe aided Deadpool in saving four lives, Stryfe has demanded the mercenary take four lives of his choosing. The first name on his list, of course, is Cable himself.

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“Just before Secret Empire began Deadpool needed help to save the Preston family, and his friends weren’t immediately available — so he turned to an enemy: Stryfe,” Despicable Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan said in an interview with IGN. “Stryfe saved [four] lives for him, and now Deadpool must pay his price: He has to kill four people for him. Cable is the first name that Stryfe gives him. Deadpool might have been able to do some damage control after Secret Empire, but now with Stryfe calling in his [marker].”

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Marvel Comics fans will recall that Deadpool and Cable have a long history together. Deadpool was first introduced as a villain in New Mutants #98 in 1990, but has made strides in recent years to become a benevolent as possible. Cable was one of the first mutants who sought to change Deadpool’s mind when the two first met on the battlefield. Deadpool eventually ended up joining Cable’s X-Force strike team, and at one point even brought the team back from the brink of obscurity.

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With the announcement of the Despicable Deadpool #287’s plot, though, it sounds as though all of the Merc with a Mouth’s good deeds might be for naught, though the dilemma must be oddly cyclical for the mutant duo. Deadpool was first sent to assassination Cable, after all, before the mutant cyborg was able to show Deadpool the benefits of being good (enough).

Deadpool looks primed to play a major role in the Marvel Legacy arc. The fast-healing mutant will also appear in the The Defenders’ first Marvel Legacy issue, and, according to that series’ writer, Brian Michael Bendis, the Merc with a Mouth offers a clue as to the identity of the new Kingpin, which is the primary concern of the street-level superhero team when Deadpool saunters into the picture.

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Despicable Deadpool #287 is written by Gerry Duggan and penciled by Scott Koblish, with cover art by David Lopez.

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