Deadpool (real name Wade Winston Wilson) is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist/writer Rob Liefeld and writerFabian Nicieza, the character first appeared in The New Mutants #98 cover-dated (Feb. 1991). Initially Deadpool was depicted as a supervillain when he made his first appearance in The New Mutants and later in issues of X-Force, but has since evolved into the role of an antihero. Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. He is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect.
The character’s popularity has seen him feature in numerous other media. In the 2004 series Cable & Deadpool, he refers to his own scarred appearance as “Ryan Reynoldscrossed with a Shar-Pei,” leading to Reynolds eventually portraying the character in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and reprising the role in the 2016 filmDeadpool; with the latter incarnation bearing far more similarities to the comic book version.
Created by artist/writer Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool made his first appearance in the pages of The New Mutants #98, cover dated February 1991. According to Nicieza, Liefeld came up with the character’s visual design and name, and Nicieza himself came up with the character’s speech mannerisms. Liefeld, a fan of theTeen Titans comics, showed his new character to then-writer Fabian Nicieza. Upon seeing the costume and noting his characteristics (killer with super agility), Nicieza contacted Liefeld, saying “this is Deathstroke from Teen Titans”. Nicieza gave Deadpool the real name of “Wade Wilson” as an inside-joke to being “related” to “Slade Wilson”, Deathstroke.
Another inspiration was Spider-Man, who also used to make jokes during fights. Spider-Man and Wolverine were his two favorite Marvel characters, but since other writers than Liefeld were writing those titles, he wanted to introduce his own version of the characters in New Mutants; “I had to make my own Spider-Man and Wolverine. That’s what Cable and Deadpool were meant to be, my own Spider-Man and my own Wolverine. Domino was my Elektra, my hot femme fatale.” Both Deadpool and Cable were also meant to be tied into Wolverine’s history already from the start. What Danny DeVito’s character was to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in Twins, Deadpool was intended to be to Wolverine. And because Liefeld’s favorite comic title before X-Men was Avengers, who had weapons like Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer and Hawkeye’s bow and arrow, he decided to weaponize his new characters as well.
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