A disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary who heals extraordinarily quickly and often breaks the fourth wall to talk directly to the readers, Deadpool is one of the most popular comic book characters of all time. He was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the well-received 2016 film of the same name, which went on to become the highest grossing R-rated films of all time and the highest-grossing X-Men film.
Here are a few facts you might not know about the Merc with a Mouth: Deadpool.
35. Purely Coincidental
When Deadpool was first created, he was remarkably similar to DC’s Deathstroke. So much so that, as a joke, they named him Wade Wilson. Deathstroke’s real name is Slade Wilson.
34. A Simple Man
In fact, that’s why his costume was red. He was modeled after Deathstroke, but also because the artists were inspired by Spider-Man (although Deadpool is convinced it’s the other way around). He was also conceptualized as a character that would be easy to draw so that the artists could meet their deadlines faster.
33. A Complicated Web
Speaking of Spider-Man, of all the enduring relationships in Marvel history, there is none sweeter than Deadpool’s undying desire for Spider-Man to be his best friend. Spider-Man isn’t quite there yet, but Deadpool is convinced he’ll break him down. We’re rooting for these two kids.
32. People Change
When he was first introduced, in New Mutants issue #98, he was a villain. There was no plan to have him become the character he has developed into today.
31. Classic Good News Bad News
Deadpool got his powers after he joined Weapon-X in an attempt to obtain the healing factor that would cure him of his cancer. While the healing factor prevented him from dying (that’s good), it also advanced his cancer and left him horribly disfigured (that’s bad).
30. A Betting Man
Deadpool was named after a betting pool run by a group of failed government subjects which gave each of them odds of survival. Deadpool’s odds were 1000 to 1. He beat the odds. It really helps when the writers are on your side.
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