There is no denying how much we love Deadpool and now that we’re stoked on a sequel, we just had to jump back in and talk about our favorite Merc with a Mouth. Check out this trivia and see just how much you know about Marvel’s infamous antihero!
1. Ryan Reynolds was heavily involved in the writing for Deadpool once revisions came around and it was highly encouraged that the rest of the cast got to be a part of those revisions as well. It’s those little touches, like we found out from Thor Ragnarok, that make dialogue feel so smooth and streamlined.
2. Rob Liefeld, who created Deadpool, actually took the name of the character from the Dirty Harry movie titled ‘The Dead Pool’ which is just a bit too perfect, right?
3. In the same vein, Negasonic Teenage Warhead was actually taken from a song by the band Monster Magnet.
4. This is actually the fifth time that Ryan Reynolds has played a comic book character. He’s played characters in Blade Trinity, R.I.P.D; he was Deadpool, yet a different version, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine; and then the notoriously panned Green Lantern. We don’t talk about that though.
5. That castle used for Professor Xavier’s school in Deadpool was also used in two comic book related television shows, albeit from DC Comics and not Marvel: Smallville and Arrow.
6. Robert Rodriguez, of Sin City and Desperado fame, was actually asked to direct Deadpool but he decided he wanted to work on the next in his Spy Kids film series. I can only imagine the kind of hyper-violence and quick-cuts we would’ve seen in that. Man, but can you imagine how incredibly over-the-top the style would’ve been? It would’ve been overwhelming!
7. Deadpool was actually introduced back in 1991, somewhat as a stock-built villain that Marvel could toss around for their heroes to bash themselves against. It wouldn’t be until 1997 that they’d revisit his design and turn him into an ‘antihero’ type character that could stand on his own.
8. Deadpool married another comic book character. Surprise, surprise: Our boy Deadpool wasn’t always linked to one woman. In fact, that woman was none other than Dracula’s fiance Shiklah. Yeah, I know. He married a vampire woman. And you thought that little side-story where he was with Black Widow was peculiar.
9. Speaking of love, however, we’re very well versed now that he had his lady-love Vanessa Carlysle. A woman he met before becoming Deadpool, Wade had love for her but wasn’t sure he wanted to bring her into the world he was now very quickly becoming accustomed to. He wouldn’t have to worry for too long though, because Vanessa ended up becoming Copycat — a fleshed out super-character in her own right.
10. In order to keep the concept of Deadpool lighthearted, Marvel put together a mini-series called Deadpool Killustrated where you can find your favorite Merc going up against Dracula, Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes and even the folks from Little Women. Insanity, right? That’s Deadpool’s bread and butter.