Rise of the Antihero Name Deadpool in Marvel Comics and Film

Fact: The name ‘Deadpool’ is based off a rejected experiments program. The back story of the character Deadpool is pretty vague just like the person who plays the supervillain.

The character believes himself to be Wade Wilson, but is subject to speculation due to his inability to remember his personal history, due to a mental condition. The character is terribly disfigured and is a mentally unstable mercenary with accelerated healing factors. He comes from a list of marvel comic villains.

Deadpool’s strengths come from his ability to heal himself quickly. Additionally, he is among just a few Marvel superhero characters that break through “the 4th Wall.” Meaning, he knows that he is a fictional comic book character. Also, he is known as “Merc with a Mouth” because of his talkative nature and tendency to break that fourth wall. He was a failed Weapon X experiment that was sent to a workshop hospice for failed experiments. There him and other inmates would wage bets on who would die next, hence was known as ‘Deadpool’ (Clearer explanation below).


In 2009, the character makes his first film debut being played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. By 2014, with the help of comic book fans, the film becomes a reality and is set to air February 12, 2016. Deadpool is sure to open their eyes and minds to a whole new side to the Marvel universe. On April Fool’s Day 2015, Ryan Reynolds posted that the movie would be rated PG-13 on Twitter, which prompted a massive backlash, to which, later that day would confirm the film would be posted as rated R.

Where did the name deadpool come from? The name ‘dead pool’ is a game of predictions where someone would guess when another certain individual would die. It’s common in events where death is a possibility.

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