It’s been a long, crazy journey for Deadpool. Over the years he’s evolved from X-Men supporting character to kooky costumed assassin to Hollywood juggernaut. And he’s never shut up during that entire time.Now, as we wait to find out how Disney and Marvel will handle the character on the big screen, why not join us for a journey deep into the Deadpool-verse as we explore the alphabetical history of all things Merc with a Mouth…
A is for… Ajax
If Deadpool has an archenemy, Ajax may just earn the title. This sadistic enforcer worked for the Workshop, the laboratory responsible for experimenting on failed Weapon X test subjects and transforming Wade Wilson into Deadpool. Ajax has super-strength and is impervious to pain, making him extremely difficult to kill. Fortunately, Deadpool knows how to think outside the box.
B is for… Blind Al
Even a globetrotting mercenary like Deadpool needs a little help paying the rent. Luckily, he’s got a reliable roommate in the form of Blind Al. This elderly woman is one of the few people able to tolerate Deadpool’s nonstop banter, even beating him at his own game. It’s not entirely clear who she was or what she did before settling into a life of being Wade’s sidekick. Some say she used to work as a British intelligence agent. At one point writer Joe Kelly even considered revealing Al to be the original Black Widow.
C is for… Cable
Deadpool tends to be a solo player, mostly because the other heroes of the Marvel Universe can’t put up with him for long stretches of time. But somehow, he’s managed to develop a lasting bromance with Cable. This cybernetic, mutant time traveler has often turned to Wade for help in protecting the world. They even starred together in a 50-issue series called Cable & Deadpool. And it’s all thanks to Deadpool that Cable finally made his live-action movie debut in 2018’s Deadpool 2.
Watch the classic “No Good Deed” Deadpool short below:
D is for… Deathstroke
While he’s a franchise unto himself these days, in the beginning Deadpool started out life as a thinly veiled parody of DC villain Deathstroke. They’re both colorful, superhuman mercenaries who heal fast. Even Deadpool’s real name, Wade Wilson, is a riff on Deathstroke’s name, Slade Wilson. For their part, DC acknowledged the similarities by pitting Deathstroke against a very Deadpool-like doppelganger in an issue of Superman/Batman.
E is for… Eleanor
Due to his powers and the horrible torture he endured at Ajax’s hands, Deadpool doesn’t remember a whole lot about his pre-superhero life. So as you can imagine, he was pretty shocked to discover he has a young daughter named Eleanor. Wade tried to become a part of his daughter’s life, but quickly realized that only makes her a target for his many enemies. He even wiped his mind to make himself forget, though fortunately they eventually reunited.
F is for… Fourth Wall
Deadpool is unique because he’s one of the few superhero characters who regularly breaks the fourth wall and directly engages with his audience. He knows he exists inside a comic book (or movie, or video game), and he isn’t afraid to flaunt it. Or maybe he just thinks pretending to be at the whim of the almighty reader frees him from any personal responsibility.
G is for… Genesis
As much as he might try to hide it, Deadpool does have a sensitive side. That side often comes out around Genesis, a teen mutant who also happens to be a clone of Apocalypse. Deadpool keeps a watchful eye over this X-Man-in-training, hoping that he can grow up to be a true hero and not be the villain fate demands. For a guy molded to become the ultimate assassin, helping Genesis is akin to redeeming himself.
Check out what director David Leitch had to say about the future of the Deadpool franchise and why the next film doesn’t necessarily have to be an R-rated film:
H is for… Headpool
In the Marvel Zombies universe, Deadpool is one of countless superheroes who fall victim to a zombie plague. Worse, this zombified Deadpool was decapitated, leaving nothing but a disembodied but still very chatty head. Now dubbed “Headpool,” this interdimensional refugee joined the Deadpool Corps and proved that you don’t need a body to cause mischief.
I is for… Immortal
Like Wolverine, Deadpool has a healing factor that allows him to quickly recover from nearly any wound. But Deadpool’s powers go a step further. He’s basically immortal. He doesn’t even really age anymore. Deadpool’s immortality stems from his rivalry with Thanos. Jealous that the fair lady Death is more attracted to Deadpool than to him, Thanos cursed Wade with everlasting life, forever keeping these two lovers apart.
J is for… Jack Hammer
Jack Hammer, better known by his nickname Weasel, is one of the few people to call Wade Wilson friend. A skilled hacker and inventor, Weasel turned to a life of crime and generally makes a living providing intel to the mercenaries and criminals of the Marvel Universe. Weasel was played by TJ Miller in both Deadpool movies, where he ran a clandestine bar called Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Children.
K is for… Katanas
While Deadpool always has a few guns and assorted explosives on hand, his signature weapons are a pair of katana swords. It’s easy to underestimate Deadpool’s fighting skills. After all, his healing factor makes it easy to soak up damage and keep fighting. But once he busts out his twin swords, he reminds his foes that he’s one of the best swordsmen in the Marvel Universe. Just try not to remember the time he had retractable arm katanas in X-Men Origins: Wolverine…
L is for… Liefeld
Deadpool was created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld. Liefeld’s name in particular has remained synonymous with the character ever since. Liefeld popularized an extreme approach to drawing superheroes in the ’90s, one dominated by big guns, bigger muscles and lots and lots of pouches. Like Stan Lee, Liefeld has enjoyed time in the mainstream spotlight, including appearing in a 1991 Levi’s commercial and playing a small role in the first Deadpool movie.
M is for… Mercs for Money
Despite taking on some of the most lucrative mercenary jobs in the Marvel Universe, Deadpool always seems hard-up for cash. That was especially true when he started bankrolling the Avengers Unity Squad himself. To help make ends meet, Wade formed a team of like-minded mercenaries called the Mercs for Money (after realizing “Heroes for Hire” was already taken). The original lineup included Solo, Slapstick, Masacre, Madcap, Stingray, Foolkiller and Terror. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before these mercs realized they were being stiffed by their boss and the band broke up.