- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Deadpool from the X-Men film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Deadpool (Marvel).
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|“||From the studio that inexplicably sewed his f-cking mouth shut the first time comes five-time Academy Award viewer, Ryan Reynolds in an eHarmony date with destiny. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... me! Deadpool.||„|
|~ Deadpool introduces himself.|
|~ Deadpool's catchphrase.|
Wade Winston Wilson, or better known as Deadpool, is a major character in the X-Men film series, serving as a major antagonist in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the titular protagonist of both Deadpool and Deadpool 2. He is a highly advanced freelance Canadian mercenary who gained enhanced physical attributes and rapid cellular regeneration from an augmentation program.
He was portrayed famously by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the 2016 film Deadpool and it's 2018 sequel. Reynolds also played Jerry Hickfang in The Voices and voiced both the Eteon Director in Hobbs and Shaw and the Juggernaut in Deadpool 2.
In the video game adaptation of X-Men Origins Wolverine, Wade was voiced by famous voice actor Steve Blum, who also voiced Green Goblin in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vilgax in Ben 10, Lord Darcia III in Wolf's Rain, Smytus in My Life as a Teenage Robot and Starscream in Transformers: Prime.
|“||I'm a bad guy who gets paid to f-ck up worse guys.||„|
|~ Deadpool describing himself.|
Deadpool has poor integrity and almost no care for moral values on his enemies. Ajax mentioned that Wade before his mutation was expelled from the United States Army for misconduct. He also left his girlfriend Vanessa just so he can find a cure for his cancer that metastasized to his whole body, caring more about the quality of his relationship to Vanessa than preserving it. That said, he makes it clear that he does care for her and that he did not like seeing her in pain.
Deadpool dislikes and aims to avoid paying money for anything, as he ditched the bill for Dopinder's taxi services and he didn't seem to even pay for the pizza that Jeremy provided him with. It also seems Deadpool doesn't even have any money and is flat broke since he doesn't have a job or income. While earlier animated and comic book counterparts of Deadpool depicted him as being rich from all the money he made as a mercenary and always looking for opportunities to get paid, here Ryan Reynolds-verse Deadpool sees no need for money seeing that he can get whatever he wants with his superpowers.
Deadpool is much intelligent and crafty, but he has little to no common sense. In spite of his superpowers, his lack of part of his mental stability is rather his main weakness and why he's pathetic at fighting crime. He makes lots of poor choices like hitting Colossus over and over until all of his four limbs are broken, or spending way too much time getting into his suit inside a phone booth at the same time he witnessed an old guy getting mugged. Deadpool often annoyed and burdened his buddy Cable. That said, he is much better at taking down evildoers when is serious as shown when he takes down Ajax despite the latter's own superpowers.
Deadpool also enjoys chatting about pop culture, particularly movies and celebrities. He's very much aware that he's in a movie, but he purposely wastes much screen time talking about other movies instead of creating content for his own one, which is a sign of laziness. Deadpool has a special dislike for the actor Ryan Reynolds and envies him for getting such a huge movie career and not having an "ugly guacamole" face before eventually killing him through time travel.
During the Vietnam War, Wade Wilson is recruited by William Stryker and teamed up with Logan, Victor Creed, Fred Dukes, John Wraith, Chris Bradley, and Agent Zero on Team X. He is shown to be an excellent mercenary, however his witty comments are his flaw, William Stryker even says "If you didn't have that mouth on you, Wade, you'd be the perfect soldier."
When the team breaks up, Stryker experiments on him, giving him additional abilities, acquired from other mutants, such as optic eye blasts (from Scott Summers), teleportation (from John Wraith), technopathy (from Chris Bradley) and regenerative healing (from Wolverine). Stryker also seals Wade's mouth, gives him an Adamantium skeleton and two retractable arm blades and renames him Weapon XI, the mutant "Deadpool".
After Logan frees the captured mutants, Dr. Carol Frost said the project was not finished but Stryker said to do it anyway. Stryker activates Weapon XI to fight Logan. In the ensuing fight, Victor shows up fights alongside Logan. Working together the two are able to defeat him when Victor distracts Wade long enough for Logan to decapitate him.
Later Deadpool's arm slowly pulls its implanted blade back inside his body, then it moves further, in search. Deadpool's head is seen, mouth no longer sealed, opening his eyes and whispering a short "Shh", revealing that he is still alive.
However, his fate is changed when, during his introduction, he is shot multiple times and killed by the revised version of Deadpool, who hated this portrayal of his character and claimed he was just fixing the timeline.
Wade Wilson is a former special forces operative who works as a mercenary in New York City. He meets Vanessa at a local bar and they become romantically attached. One year later, Wade proposes to her and she accepts, but he suddenly collapses.
Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and though Vanessa remains by his side, he fears losing her. A recruiter from a secret program approaches Wade and offers him an experimental cure for his cancer. Although Wade initially refuses, he later decides to leave Vanessa and undergo the procedure. At a laboratory, Wade meets Ajax and Angel Dust, whom he instantly resents.
Ajax injects Wade with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes, then have him subjected to weeks of torture to trigger the mutation without success. Wade discovers Ajax's real name, Francis Freeman, and makes fun of him.
In response, Ajax straps Wade into an airtight chamber which raises and lowers the oxygen level to keep Wade constantly on the verge of asphyxiation. Ajax reveals to Wade their true purpose: to make super-powered slaves to be sold to wealthy customers. Several days later, Wade develops near-instant cell regeneration powers, which cures his cancer, but severely disfigures his face and skin. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax, but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wade, impales him with a rebar and leaves him in the burning laboratory.
Wade attempts to reconnect with Vanessa, but then reconsiders this because of his appearance fearing that she'll see him as just a freak, and choosing not to go through the process of being rejected, keeps himself away from her. After consulting his best friend Weasel, Wade decides to hunt down Ajax and have his disfigurement cured. He becomes a masked vigilante, takes the alias "Deadpool", and moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al.
Following a string of leads, Deadpool tracks down Ajax to a convoy of cars on an expressway. He kills all the escorts, corners Ajax and demands a cure to his disfigurement. The confrontation is interrupted by two X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who have been trying to recruit Deadpool. Taking advantage of the distraction, Ajax escapes. Deadpool gets angry at Colossus because he intervened in the situation and allowed Ajax to escape, then punches Colossus but loses the battle. Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool and begins dragging him away. Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes. His hand regenerates overnight.
Now knowing Wade is alive, Ajax goes to Weasel's bar and learns of Vanessa. Weasel calls Wade and tells him Vanessa is in danger. Wade goes to the bar she works at but, unable to face her, psyches himself up in the bathroom first. However, when he comes out, she is already kidnapped. Ajax and Angel Dust tell Deadpool to meet up with them on a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard.
Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him, and the trio take a cab to the scrapyard. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel Dust, Deadpool fights his way through Ajax's henchmen with one turning out to be his best friend Bob (who he first chats with, then knocks out, and continues to chat with Bob being unconscious as he drags away Bob's body to spell out Francis's name), and eventually engages Ajax in close combat.
After Angel Dust knocks out Colossus, Negasonic uses her power to repel her, but accidentally destroys the equipment holding the helicarrier upright. As the helicarrier tips over, Colossus wakes up and takes Negasonic and Angel Dust to safety while Deadpool successfully saves Vanessa. Ajax, still alive, attacks Deadpool, but is subdued and reveals there is no cure for Wade's disfigurement.
Deadpool screams in agony that there is no cure and pulls out his Colt 1908 Vest Pocket, placing it on top of Ajax's forehead. Colossus begins urging Deadpool to be a true hero and spare his enemy due to the fact that there are only "4 or 5 moments when you're a real hero", but Deadpool executes Ajax anyways. Wade turns to Vanessa, who removes his mask revealing his face. Vanessa is angered that Wade left her, but still loves him. She accepts him, and they reconcile by kissing.
Years later, Deadpool saw Vanessa get killed by an assassin. So, he committed suicide and eventually regenerated himself. He was taken in by Colossus to be an X-Men trainee. He stopped at the Essex Institution to take care of a young mutant. Little did he know that they are being followed by Cable of the future.
Both Deadpool and Firefist were sent to the Icebox, with their mutant abilities disabled from collars.
Powers and Abilities
After Ajax' experiments and relentless torture sessions, Wade also gained the following abilities:
- Enhanced Strength: Wilson's strength was augmented by Ajax's serum, causing him to be able to lift well-built human beings above his head, send Ajax flying through a wall by hitting him with a fire extinguisher. He was also able to block Ajax's physical attacks. This, along with his encounters with Cable, puts his strength at around peak human-to superhuman level.
- Enhanced Mobility: Wilson's agility, balance, and body coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete. He also has hyper reflexes, being able to catch Ajax's axe and throw it back at him instantaneously. He can also perform complex parkour & acrobatic maneuvers with ease & without concentration.
- Near-Instant Cell Regeneration: During his transformation, he was given regeneration abilities which are similar to Wolverine's regenerative healing factor, which allows him to regenerate from fatal wounds near-instantly. He is even capable of limb regeneration within an hour or less, however reattaching a limb takes mere seconds. Severe ballistic wounds take only a few seconds to heal completely. These accelerated healing powers are responsible for his near-immortality. That said, he can still die if someone outpaces his healing factor or if he sustains too much normally fatal damage at once.
- Enhanced Resilience: He can exert himself to peak capacity for several hours. He is also far tougher than a normal human, being able to take hits from beings like Ajax, who also has superhuman strength. He was also able to keep fighting, despite him having broken bones, hands & feet. However, he is not immune to pain. He was even able to hurt Angel Dust with his head, without being hurt himself.
Deadpool is an expert martial artist and sword fighter.
- Swordsmanship: Two swords ,which he can use to cut down the enemies.
- Weapons Expert: He knows everything on weapons.
- Martial Artist and Firearm Skills: He is totally skilled warrior in martial arts and in firearms. This along with his better than average strength makes him more than capable of taking down most metahumans.
- Mocking: He always likes to mock & joke around his opponents, likely due to his insanity and childish nature. However, he does become serious when the situation calls for it.
- Mental Instability: Wade's mutation has made him impulsive with no self-control and thus this influences him into making such poor choices like punching Colossus over and over until all his limbs are broken even when it failed the first time or forgetting about his duffel bag full of guns and ammunition twice. He can also be very reckless and act on impulse.
- Brain Vulnerability: Ajax is shown stabbing a knife right into Deadpool's brain and it was able to make Deadpool unable to think clearly or continue battle, which proves that keeping a knife inside Deadpool's brain will slow down or even terminate his healing factor and therefore Deadpool actually is mortal to a knife in the brain.
- This was Ryan Reynolds's first villainous role.
- A "Deadpool" movie had been in the works since 2004, with David S. Goyer intended as director and starring Ryan as the titular character. Reynolds had always dreamed of playing Deadpool, and when he heard that the character was given a place in the script, he immediately approached the filmmakers for the role.
- Originally, Deadpool was only going to cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the role grew after Reynolds was cast.
- Scott Adkins played Deadpool/Weapon XI in the finale, because Ryan Reynolds was busy working on another movie at the time. The few close-ups of Reynolds were filmed several months later, when he was in between projects.
- Many comic book fans were unhappy with the way Deadpool was treated in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, including Reynolds himself The resetting of the X-Men timeline in X-Men: Days of Future Past finally allowed Reynolds to make Deadpool and Deadpool 2, which reimagined the character as much closer to the comics.
- Weapon XI is mocked in the 2011 video game Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. If the player plays as Deadpool and beats Wolverine, he says, "And that's how you beat Wolverine, people... AND YOU DON'T EVEN NEED OPTIC BLASTS! MUAHAHAHAHA!" This is a reference to the fact Deadpool can fire Cyclops' optic blasts from his eyes in the film.
- Ryan Reynolds describes Deadpool's "breaking the fourth wall" ability as a reflection of current times, "I think Deadpool's coming along at the right time, because it's speaking to that generation that has seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all; it's speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them. It's like watching a DVD commentary by someone who's got some pop-culture savvy and is kind of funny and a little obnoxious and is saying the things that you wouldn't say."
- Ever since the first Deadpool film came out, there have been millions of online memes featuring the character.
- After the first film's release, a feud broke out between Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller over the direction of how the sequel movie should go. Reynolds spoke out against Miller for wanting to make the movie darker and more similar in tone to the other X-Men movies and not as light-hearted and comedic as the first one. Miller defended the sequel needed a different approach. Miller outright quit to avoid getting forcibly removed from the film by Reynolds and so Miller settled for different projects.
- Fans have theorized that Deadpool was killed during the Westchester Incident following Logan, but this was debunked by James Mangold. Although the character's fate and whereabouts in that film remains unknown.