At at the time this article is being written, I can already confirm that Deadpool managed to shatter to pieces numerous records. On its Friday-to-Sunday debut, the merc with a mouth made around $130 million, the biggest box office success in history of any R-rated movie. More than that, it was the biggest February opening weekend of all time (yes, way bigger than Fifty Shades of Grey), the 8th hugest opening outside the summer season and the 17th overall biggest debut. It’s clear that people didn’t grow tired of superhero movies, and if they did, they probably thought that they wanted to see something different, which Deadpool definitely delivered. The one who benefited most from all of this, though, was probably FOX, since none of the X-Men or Star Wars movies so far have managed to live up to the success of Marvel’s favorite mercenary. But whether you were one of the contributors that made money rain on Deadpool, or if you have yet to go see the movie, here are 9 Things You Need To Know About Deadpool.
What could a man who is practically immortal be possibly scared of? Surprise: it’s cows. Deadpool admitted to being utterly terrified by cows, considering their stare to be strange and chilling.
2. Spiderman Inspired Costume
Have you ever (as a child, at the very least) made the mistake of confusing Deadpool with Spiderman? I know I did. But this is perfectly normal, as Wade Wilson’s costume took strong inspiration from the webslinger’s outfit. It’s not just audiences who risk getting those two mixed up, since it’s also happened inside of the Marvel universe, with Deadpool even briefly replacing Spiderman in one of the most iconic issue covers.
3. Yellow Caption Boxes
If you’re not big on reading comic books, you should know that they practically invented the quirky and strangely humorous tone of Deadpool’s world. Creators of the comics use yellow colored speech bubbles whenever Deadpool is talking, as a means to emphasize the unique sound of his voice. This technique was eventually picked up by other media too, with the yellow caption boxes being used in video games too.
4. Name Origins
Ever wondered how Wade Wilson settled for such an odd alias? Well, all you need to do is turn your attention to his origin story. A slow dying cancer patient, Wade’s only chance was to become the subject of an experiment that aimed to enhance Wolverine’s healing factor, in order to create the deadliest soldier. Since until he came along, no one had the luck of surviving the process, the other patients made bets on who would survive the so called “dead pool.” Being the one to defeat the odds, Wade assumed the alias Deadpool, in a typical taste of bitter irony.
Another way through which Deadpool breaks conventions is through his sexuality. Writer Gerry Durgan declared that Deadpool is omnisexual, meaning that he generally can be whatever sexuality he leans towards in a specific moment. If you think this important detail didn’t make the cut into the movies, it was confirmed before it even launched by a multitude of people, Ryan Reynolds included, that the on screen version of Deadpool is pansexual. More than that, Reynolds also recently expressed his desire for his character to have a boyfriend sometime in the sequels.
6. Merc With A Mouth
You’ve undoubtedly heard this expression be constantly associated with Deadpool’s name. Shortened version of “mercenary with a mouth,” it references Deadpool’s biggest weapon: his way with words. Despite his insane regenerative powers, he has one of the least impressive offensive arsenal out of Marvel’s heroes, something he perfectly makes up for with this particular trait. He is known for being able to drive even the most relaxed of people over the edge with his frustrating comments, and is always able to turn the tides of a battle to his favor by pushing his enemies into recklessly acting head first.
7. Fan Favorite
Deadpool first appeared in an issue of a newly released series, New Mutants, in the role of a villain. It seems that something about him resonated with fans, who assaulted the creators with mail demanding that they see more of him. The rapid growth and dedication of the fanbase that formed behind the character took even them by surprise, so they had no choice but to comply and offer to the world a better taste of Deadpool, who eventually grew from his role as a villain and became an anti-hero.
It’s very likely that Deadpool is immortal. He possesses regenerative powers that can make Wolverine cry himself to sleep, and so far, all attempts to kill him have turned out to be pointless. And don’t think that these attempts were something to easily dismiss, either. He was blown up, dismembered, smashed, set on fire, shot and probably other off-screen things that are even more difficult to comprehend. Regardless, he always manages to come back, which makes him the most difficult to kill character in the Marvel universe.
9. Parody Of Deathstroke
You know, some might say that this is the equivalent of Franz Ferdinand’s assassination, which triggered World War I, transmuted into the Marvel VS. DC version. Many people commented on how Deadpool bears a striking resemblance to DC’s Deathstroke, with the similarities stretching all the way into their occupation and skill set. Eventually, Deadpool’s creators admitted that they did indeed make him intentionally resemble Deathstroke, going as far as to turn him into a parody. More than that, Deathstroke’s real name is Slade Wilson, and to honor him, the people behind Deadpool’s creation gave him the name Wade Wilson.
Deadpool has quite the interesting history, and he’s also a complex and fascinating character despite his appearances. Which is why, it’s likely that there are many information we missed. I say that the only way to learn more things about him, outside of these 9 Things You Need To Know About Deadpool we’ve just presented, is to give the comics a chance and see for yourself. With all these considered, there’s no wonder that Deadpool broke the box office the way it did: he’s definitely a refreshing appearance in the world of superheroes.