December 19, 2010

Marvel Snapshot: Character Spotlight: Deadpool (Wade Wilson)

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Welcome back everyone, and get ready for another week here in Marvel Snapshot. This week, we’ll be looking at another great character spotlight on Deadpool! I know he’s a little underused…well, anyway, he’s actually a great character so let’s just dive right in, shall we?

Wade Wilson has been a mercenary from pretty much day one. He used to be more of a gritty hardcore killer type, but he’s actually been portrayed as a hero, villain, and everything in between depending on the writer at the time. I personally like him better as a villain, truth be told. He made his first appearance in New Mutants #98 back in 1991. Yes he’s basically a rip-off of Deathstroke, but in my opinion, Deadpool has surpassed him in not only popularity (by a long shot in that dept.), but also in being more versatile. Deadpool is one of those guys who is being totally turned into a comic-whore with all the appearances, but he is still the best comedic character Marvel has. His fighting prowess and healing factor are top notch thanks to Weapon X. He signed up to be experimented on because he had cancer and it was deemed terminal.

For the most part, Deadpool is an anti-hero, or just the guy opposite of the heroes and not necessarily a villain. He was at first just a guy for hire that usually attacked X-Force and Cable because someone paid him to try and take them out. He eventually made his way into other books like Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil, and so on. He also became an antagonist for Wolverine for a while due to their common link to Weapon X. He did have two really good limited series in the 90s called “Circle Chase” and just simply Deadpool vol. 2. These two series were the last to really portray him as was originally intended, in my opinion. He later went on to actually partner up with his long time nemesis Cable in their own ongoing book (Cable and Deadpool).

The thing Deadpool is probably most famous for is breaking the fourth wall. Now, when he does this constantly, it kind of loses its luster for me, but some people seem to like it happening as much as it does. Marvel really seems to be overextending characters like Deadpool and Wolverine, and I hope that this doesn’t affect the longevity of these great characters. Checkout my recommended reading list and great pics below!

Recommended Reading
Deadpool: Circle Chase – Limited Series (1993)
Deadpool vol. 2 (1994)
Cable and Deadpool vol. 1-6 – Tpb’s (2004)
Deadpool vol. 3 #1-69 (2002)
X-Men Origins: Deadpool (one-shot) (2010)
Deadpool Corps #1-Present (2010)

Billy Dunleavy



  1. I think I would like Deadpool more if he was used less. I think he is best used currently in Uncanny X-Force.

  2. Eli

    I like him in Uncanny X-Force. And Billy, I definitely could’ve done without that Ben & May image, I hate you.

  3. Billy

    @Nick- I agree!
    @Eli- I know you fantasize about May. 😀

  4. I think Ben and May are hot! lol

  5. Aron

    He has also tangled with…HIT-MONKEY!

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