Over the past several years, Deadpool has managed to build something unexpected: a family. But while it’s brought him moments of happiness, the intimate nature of having loved ones can create some pretty powerful drama, the kind that can play out over multiple generations. And since Wade Wilson’s healing factor makes him virtually immortal, there’s a good chance he’ll bear witness or be part of more familial conflict than most people could imagine.
In “Deadpool” #6, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish illustrate that fact by jumping their series eight decades ahead into the dystopian, possible future world of 2099, introducing readers to a new Deadpool with a grudge against her elderly father, Wade Wilson. This week, they return to that world for the second chapter of a slowly unfolding, long-form “Deadpool” epic they’re building about Wade Wilson’s family, before returning to the modern Marvel U to enlist Wade in “Civil War II.”
CBR News: In “Deadpool” #11, Wade finally learned that he actually killed his parents, and not Sabretooth. It looked like he dealt with the news rather well, too, deciding to leave his past behind and look forward. Is that something though that’s going to be easier for him to say rather than do?
Gerry Duggan: It is, but he’s been pulled back and forth in that direction for so long now, both by Butler and himself. We’ve made good use of Butler in the past, and now he’s ready to really break ties with his own past. He’s worried about losing what’s in front of him in the here and now.
There’s a lot of big things that went down in “Deadpool” #11, including Magneto and Deadpool having an exchange where we don’t quite know what they said to each other. That will pay off later, in “Uncanny Avengers.”
From Deadpool’s vows about his past, you move back to the world of 2099 with issue #12. How much story time has passed since you last checked in with this world in “Deadpool” #6?
The 2099 story is really unfolding in a very quick order. It’s sort of a long weekend in the New York of 2099, and there’s a couple of really big surprises coming in the book. In this next chapter there will be an unmasking. Future Deadpool 2099 stories will have some surprising names and or faces turning up, and I think some surprising word balloons will be shooting out of those faces.
2099 is a family drama in a super hero setting. I’m really proud of the work, and I’m also really happy to have some toys reimagined in 2099.
What can you tell us about the inspiration for Warda, the Deadpool of 2099?
Warda is Wade Wilson’s daughter in 2099. She’s been separated from Shiklah, and she blames Deadpool for that. It’s a pretty simple story in that she wants to return her mother from where she’s being held captive, and Wade is either not cooperating or can’t remember where he put her. I don’t know which is funnier.
We already discussed Issue #13 in depth. While it sounds like the issue could be a fun jumping on point for people interested in the book, does it also build upon the larger story you’re telling?
Yeah, I think so. There’s a fun bit of business that we get to do in “Deadpool” #13. The issue will tie in with one of the darker chapters of Deadpool’s life, going back to the time that Typhoid Mary impersonated Siren. I think Deadpool will make some unexpected decisions out of that. The interesting thing about “Deadpool” #13 though is you really could just pick it up cold regardless of what you’re reading and enjoy it. It’s a one-and-done story.
Then, in Deadpool #14, you bring Wade and the Mercs for Money into “Civil War II.” What’s it like writing these characters against the backdrop of that larger conflict?
It’s fun. They do manage to set aside their differences long enough to be of some use during the crisis. Then, once the crisis has passed, they’re right back at each other’s throats.
Mike Hawthorne is doing tremendous work, and I think it’s safe to assume that there’s going to be some big shakeups in Deadpool’s life coming out of “Civil War II.”
Will there be some flashback moments in the “Civil War II” story as well? Will we learn more about what Wade was up to during the eight month post “Secret Wars” time gap?
Yes, you are going to find out what made Deadpool one of the more visible heroes in the Marvel Universe — almost against his wishes, of course. He did manage to turn lemonade into gold by monetizing and merchandizing his fame, but it would ordinarily not be a good thing for a merc to be so famous
You talked about there being some personal differences between Deadpool and the Mercs, and we now know there will be an ongoing “Deadpool & the Mercs For Money” series by writer Cullen Bunn. What does that mean for the Mercs role in your book?
What I can say is, if you’re seeing those Mercs in the pages of “Deadpool” after “Civil War II,” it’s because they’re engaged in an active gun battle.
Artist Mike Hawthorne is working on the “Civil War II” arc, Scott Koblish is returning to “Deadpool” for issue #12, and in the Sabretooth arc, you got to reunite with artist Matteo Lolli. Also, Mike Allred did covers for that arc. You’ve got some pretty fantastic regular collaborators on “Deadpool,” and some pretty amazing guest artists as well.
Yeah, it’s really an embarrassment of riches for me. I’m thrilled to be able to reunite with Lolli. “Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool” was so much fun; he brought that same energy to the arc that we just finished up, the Sabretooth one. Hawthorne has been our spine for so long, and Koblish is doing literally the work of his career. The stuff that he’s been doing for 2099 has blown us all away. There’s also going to be a lot more of his work coming up. In particular his work on the Deadpool tie-in to “The Last Days of Magic.” It’s some of the best Deadpool work that anyone has done in the last 10 years.
I think I can speak for the whole team in saying that book is an excellent one-and-done Deadpool story and it’s all because Scott is a genius.
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