It seems that almost overnight, Deadpool has managed to become the favorite superhero of almost everyone who went to see Deadpool in theaters and helped boost it as one of the highest-grossing superhero movies of all time. It’s almost impossible not to love him with all of his quirkiness and uniqueness. Ever since his insane popularity boost, we’ve been turning around Deadpool’s backstory left and right. Is there anything left that we don’t know?
Maybe there isn’t, but one thing is for certain – with the major influx of information, there are plenty of fascinating facts and pieces of information. We took some of the best and we threw them in a list, just as crazy as our favorite anti-hero in red spandex.
#1 Deadpool Is a Living Parody
Perhaps the most interesting part about Deadpool’s backstory is the very reason why he was created as a fictive character in the first place. He was introduced in the 98th issue of the comic New Mutants as a one-time villain. How did they come up with him? By taking inspiration from DC’s Deathstroke and essentially creating a satirical character after him. The similarities are all there, starting with the name.
#2 The Story of Parenthood
There are some things that haven’t been showed in the movies. For starters, his mother had died of cancer when he was very young, leaving the raising to an abusive father enrolled in the military. Wade got mixed with some dubious crowds and one fateful day, one of the people in his entourage disarmed his father and killed him.
#3 Name Origins
Something that was in the movies involved the fact that he chose his own “superhero” name, though the circumstances were slightly different from the comics. The dead pool that inspired his name was, as shown, a bet centered on survival odds. In the comics, however, the bet was placed between the inmates being experimented on alongside Wade.
#4 The Weapon X Program
One of the most commonly known Deadpool backstory facts is how he came to gain the famous regenerative powers that make him almost impossible to kill. Suffering from terminal cancer, he enrolled a program which involved heavy experimenting that was meant to result in superpowers. At the end of it all, he came out with inhuman regenerative powers that healed it all, including the cancer.
#5 With Captain America
Captain America and Wade Wilson have a fascinating history together. Well, it’s not as fascinating per se as it is in retrospection with their current relationship. Steve Rogers was Wade’s hero in his childhood. Once the two of them actually met, they managed to forge a bizarre bond through their similar experiences as experiment subjects. Because of this, Steve Rogers is one of the few people in the Marvel universe to actually treat Deadpool nicely.
#6 Star Struck Lovers
Do you remember Vanessa Carlysle, his quirky love interest who managed to share the same kind of insanity and lovable weirdness with him? He also falls in love with her in the comics, leaving her for the very same reasons. However, they reunite much later, with Vanessa already having changed into a mutant called Copycat.
#7 Iron Healing Powers
It’s definitely his biggest asset and possibly one of the only (arguably) good things to come of the infamously terrible Deadpool backstory traumas – his regenerative powers. However, the movie depiction of them is only the very small tip of the iceberg. The fact that he can survive a burned down building and a knife in the brain is pretty cool, but he can also survive nuclear blasts and being reduced to ashes.
#8 The Merc with a Conscience
Deadpool prides himself on the fact that he’s very morally ambiguous and he often goes out of his way to let people know that he’s not a hero, however, he’s a much better person that he lets us believe. He has a soft spot for children, animals, and people in difficulty. As a matter of fact, he also uses his healing powers to do some good for those around him by frequently donating organs to those in need.
#9 Romantic Affairs
Deadpool’s backstory is also filled with some spicy romantic affairs which stretch beyond the story he had with Vanessa. At some point, he also had a fling with Black Widow – no, not Natasha Romanoff, the other one, Yelena Belova. He was, as a matter of fact, even married several times.
#10 Stop Killing Deadpool
Nuclear weapons won’t kill Deadpool any time soon, but depression and self-awareness certainly will. We all joke about fourth-wall breaking, but Deadpool’s awareness of his own existence is slowly plunging him into a deadly depression.