Deadpool broke records for R-rated film releases when it came out in 2016, thanks in no small part to genius marketing. Combine that with brilliant writing, perfectly-cast acting, and high paced action, and it is no wonder why the movie was so successful. This “love story” is arguably one of the greatest live action adaptations of a comics series of all time. Deadpool is not only an amazing homage to a comic, but has some of CBR’s favorite scenes ever filmed. As we eagerly await the theater release of the sequel this March, we have been hungrily consuming the comics and graphic novels featuring the one and only Wade Wilson.
During the one year, three weeks, six days, and 14 minutes we’ve been waiting for Deadpool 2, we've been reading this wild material, and discovered some rather fascinating, little known facts about the Merc with a Mouth. He may be super, but this list goes to show that he is no hero! Think you know all there is to know about Wade Wilson? Read on to see what CBR has dug up! We used maximum effort -- so you can just relax, slip on your favorite pair of Crocs, and snuggle up with your most beloved unicorn plushee.
15 FORBIDDEN SUIT
Ryan Reynolds worked incredibly hard over eleven years to make the first live action Deadpool movie. He is a huge fan of the “Merc with a Mouth,” and plays the character so naturally, it’s as though Mr. Pool was pulled directly off the pages of Marvel Comics. So it would only seem natural that he would want to keep the iconic red suit he worked so hard to bring to fruition.
According to a few interviews with Ryan, he walked off-set with the suit after wrapping up the filming of Deadpool, unaware that he was about to cause quite a stir with production. Mr. Reynolds learned later that he wasn’t supposed to keep the suit. We are sure glad he kept it though, because he uses it well even off-set for some of the greatest footage on social media and YouTube!
14 WADE KIDNAPPED AL
Most people who have seen the Deadpool film find the relationship between Wade Wilson and “Blind Al” to be quirky, witty, playful, and almost sibling-like. If you read the Deadpool comics, however, there is a much darker side to this odd couple situation. The backstory behind how “Althea” come to be who she is today, how she entered Wade Wilson’s life, and what the nature of their relationship is, is very convoluted.
One thing that seems certain is that Deadpool forced her against her will to live with him. That is one way of finding yourself a roommate! He proceeds to ensure she stays living with him by keeping the doors and windows locked. Deadpool also constantly moves the furniture around so she cannot figure her way about their place without him -- talk about taking advantage of the elderly and disabled!
13 BLIND AL HAS POWERS
Blind Al comes off as a helpless elderly woman who needs assistance with basic things like putting Ikea furniture together -- although she does hold her own when it comes to self defense. Al carries a .35 caliber, and we like it, along with Weasel. Something that remains a mystery throughout the comics though is that Blind Al seems to be more than meets the eye -- she may be a mutant with some pretty sweet powers!
We get hints of this throughout the story-arcs in which she stars -- specifically when she removes her signature glasses to demonstrate her “x-ray vision.” Avid readers have noted that the writers discuss Al’s hinted-at powers in response to a fan letter in the back of a Deadpool issue. They acknowledge that Al is indeed “special” but have chosen to keep relative silence on the matter for now.
12 DEADPOOL CREATED WEASEL
How did Weasel wind up a dower bartender in a dive that caters to mercenaries? One would assume that his life somehow took a wrong turn, and you would be correct in thinking so. How it happens though is hard to imagine until you read it. Wade Wilson time travels into Peter Parker's early life, where he encounters Spidey and friends.
One of these friends is Jack Hammer -- a brilliant student with much promise and an excellent job awaiting him after graduation. He is also recognized by time travel ‘Pool as none other than his future best buddy Weasel! Confused by Weaze’s clean cut lifestyle, and lack of familiar moniker, Wade breaks the universal law of time travel. He interferes, getting him drunk for his first time, ruining his career and basically his life -- dooming him to become the Weasel we all know and love today.
11 FRANCIS IS A DEADPOOL FANBOY
Ed Skrein plays an superb baddie in the first Deadpool movie. The actor has an excellent career, of course, spanning over a decade, multiple genres, and awards. In an interview on the TV show Top Gear, then hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond were asking Ed Skrein about his role as Francis in the freshly released Deadpool. Skrein confessed that he is a huge fan of the Deadpool comics, and the titular mouthy 'merc in particular.
He stated that despite how well he carried off the role of the villain Ajax, Ed Skein actually found it quite difficult to act as though he was someone who despised Wade Wilson. How endearing! Who would have thought Francis could be such a romantic -- do you suppose they write each other letters like in the movie?
10 DEADPOOL LOVES HARRY POTTER
Harry Potter is one of the highest grossing book series of all time, and it's small wonder why. Spanning generations and cultures, it seems the whole world is engrossed with the universe created by J.K. Rowling. Even Deadpool is a fan of the books, as we learn in the comics in rather dramatic fashion. Wade is standing in line at a bookstore with other fans, eagerly awaiting the fresh release of Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince.
They are all giggles and smiles until a random person drives by and yells out a major spoiler for them all to hear. Deadpool gets so upset, he hunts the man down, making him a high priority on his hit-list. We’d feel the same way, and pity any fans of HP who happened to read the comics at the time -- as it also potentially spoiled it for any IRL fans out there!
9 DEADPOOL WAS ASSAULTED
Wade Wilson and Bruce Wayne don’t seem to have much in common. In fact, two people couldn’t be more different. One unfortunate thing they do have in common is that both men were sexually assaulted by women they’ve had rocky relationships with. Batman was taken advantage of by Talia to have his child, a sad tale that many are familiar with. A lesser known but similar backstory is is that of Deadpool being deceived by Typhoid Mary and also sexually assaulted.
It is so startling, CBR has covered this particular scandal in its very own write-up. Motives never excuse anything, but Mary didn’t take advantage of Wade for any reason other than “because I could, lover.” Pretty dark stuff indeed -- not the sort of love that "smells of Daffodil Daydream." Their relationship is volatile to say the least, reminding us of a similar unhealthy couple in the DC Universe.
8 WADE WILSON VS SLADE WILSON
Fans of both DC and Marvel may know that Wade Wilson is a partial parody of a few characters, including the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Fewer know that he is also a spoof on DC’s Slade Wilson -- also known as the villain, Deathstroke. Slade sounds like a name that would be a parody of Wade, not the other way around. Many fans, this CBR writer included, didn’t realize that Slade came before Wade until late into the game.
Taking a moment to check the timeline of comics release dates reveals the truth -- Deadpool comics started in 1991 in New Mutants #98, while Deathstroke started gracing the pages of DC back in 1980 in New Teen Titans #2. The reality is super counter-intuitive -- what kind of name is "Slade," we ask you?
7 TYPHOID MARY
As we mentioned earlier, Typhoid Mary is possibly one of the craziest Marvel characters you haven’t heard of. Picture all the insanity of Harley Quinn, minus the fun clown character archetype and any sort of capacity for empathy. Mary is sick, literally and figuratively, having been twisted by a near death experience due to another Marvel male character in red. Deadpool stumbles upon her in a mental institution, takes pity upon her apparent helpless state, and helps her escape.
Unfortunately, Mary was fighting an invisible battle and the encounter with Wade causes a major rupture in her fragile mind. Typhoid Mary splits completely into separate personalities, symbolized by white make-up she wears across only one half of her face. Not only is Mary a handful to deal with on a personal basis, she also feeds into Wade Wilson's dark side.
6 DEUCE THE DEVIL DOG
A dog can be one of the most loyal companions a person can have the honor of harboring. You'd think that a person like Al would enjoy a creature that loves unconditionally, and is trained as a seeing eye dog. We learn that she does't seem to like pets, at least dogs, when Wade wins one in a bet. He learns it's a guide dog and brings him over to the “Deadhut” to act as an assistant for Blind Al -- which is counterproductive to the whole "keeping her kidnapped in his house" thing.
For some reason, Al doesn't care for "Deuce the Devil Dog" -- maybe he never stops barking, or maybe picking up after a dog is an extra chore when you can't see. Whatever the reason, Blind Al repeatedly displays her dislike for the animal by treating him with about as much respect as Ajax does for 'Pool.
5 DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
What if Deadpool broke out of the comics and became physically real? Would you be charmed by his wit, or terrified by his murderous tendencies? In one of the most meta graphic novels to come forth from Marvel headquarters, readers witness Deadpool decimating the entire Marvel Universe. After being captured and turned over to the loving care of those at the "Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane," Wade Wilson’s multiple personalities snap during a torture session with a demented doctor.
Poor 'Pool has a rough history of running into these types. The session unleashes the extreme psychopathic tendencies of Deadpool -- with all the “other voices” and any sense of empathy he may have had before becoming annihilated in the process. With an unquenchable blood lust, Deadpool goes on a killing spree that seems unstoppable. How does this page-turner end? Read this gem to find out!
4 DEADPOOL TEAM-UPS
Team-ups and crossovers are some of the most unpredictable and potentially awesome comics created. Deadpool’s team-ups are no exception, and like many other characters', his span time, space, and universes. Most other characters are not the Merc with a Mouth, however, and his wild antics cause quite a stir! Some of our favorite Wade Wilson team-ups are those with Spider-Man, and his entanglements with the Fantastic Four.
One of these team-ups results in Deadpool decimating the Fantastic Four with his "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality. It also allows 'Pool to gain access to the very time portal that transports him across multiverses to that of a young Jack Hammer. A soon to be Weasel, a close friend of Wade's, and patron bartender at "The Hellhouse," better known as Sister Margaret's School for Wayward Children.
3 DC PRESENTS: REDTOOL
Fans of multiple franchises often find themselves fantasizing about character team-ups from Marvel and DC. Unfortunately, we have as much of a chance seeing those come to fruition as we do Deadpool remembering his ammo bag. One of the most sought-after team-ups between Marvel and DC is that of Harley Quinn and Wade Wilson. What a match made in heaven (or hell, whatever)! We can just see them together now -- romancing and wreaking havoc as only they can.
In Marvel, fans are given a taste of this romance with Typhoid Mary and Deadpool -- even going so far as to have Mary coin the phrase "Puddin." It lacks the frivolity fans crave, however, and DC rose to the occasion by bringing us Red Tool. Wayne Wilkins is far more similar to Deadpool than Typhoid is to Harley, and the two have a blast in the comics together. Literally.
2 DEADPOOL'S ART OF WAR
Sun Tzu's Art of War has been considered a military masterpiece since it was initially written in the 5th century. To the discerning eye, the Art of War is a blessing from the past to guide us towards a brighter future. To those with a ruthless hunger for power and money, it could be viewed as a book that is ripe for exploitation. Deadpool is one of those, as we see in yet another misadventure with the Merc with a Mouth.
Wade time travels to complete a contract that will take him into the time this book was being drafted. Not only does he make it his own -- he ensures the entire world is at war when it's released so as to maximize his profits. A graphic novel that is as beautiful as it is funny, especially if you are a fan of both the Art of War and Deadpool, this one is a can't miss in Deadpool canon!
1 DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL
This graphic novel is one of the more bizarre story-lines involving Deadpool, which we understand is quite a statement. It requires reading through at least a few times to get the timeline and happenings of the story straight. In a quest to find the source for meaning and life, Deadpool discovers the world he lives in is fictional (again). He deduces that he therefore must be "the source" which manifests all reality.
Deadpool then decides that he must end the source of all life, and therefore, he and all alternate versions of Deadpool must die. And thus we have an epic quest of Deadpool versus many Deadpools, with multiple versions of himself killing himself. “Insane," "bizarre," "mind-bending" -- all would be understatements for this ride of a read!