09 Sep 2020: #ComicBytes: What makes Deadpool an unconventional character?
In any comic universe, we have the straight-A heroes and the exact opposite villains.
Then, there is a grey area of ruthless heroes, the anti-heroes. Marvel has its fair share of anti-heroes ranging from Punisher to Venom. And then, there is Deadpool, also known as the "Merc with a Mouth."
Considered the ultimate anti-hero, what exactly makes Deadpool an unconventional comic book character?
Origins: He is a parody version of DC's Deathstroke
When Deadpool made his first appearance in The New Mutants #98 (1991), creator Rob Liefeld said that his costume was inspired by Spider-Man's full mask design.
But Deadpool was actually an intentional ripped-off version of DC's supervillain, Deathstroke.
There are also real name similarities between these two as Deathstroke's real name is Slade Wilson, while Deadpool's is Wade Wilson.
Powers: He annoyed Thanos into giving him immortality
As seen in the movies, Deadpool has self-healing powers, but that is not why he is immune to death. It is because of Thanos.
Deadpool, during his torture, fell in love with the physical form of Death, who Thanos fancied too.
When Deadpool wanted to die and be with her, Thanos cursed him with immortality. This separated Death and Deadpool for eternity.
Charisma: He is a filthy, charismatic, sad clown
Marvel might have sarcastic heroes like Tony Stark, but Deadpool is a charismatic sad clown, making him different from others.
Going opposite of the holier-than-thou comic book dialogues, Deadpool is liberal with cuss words and talks a lot.
But, the reason why he constantly jokes is to cover up his self-loathing, insecurities, and pain from the traumas he has endured over the years.
Awareness: He breaks the fourth wall, is quite funny
Deadpool is also among the very few comic book characters who constantly breaks the fourth wall, and interacts with the audience.
He knows that he is a comic book character and apart from the interactions, breaking the wall enables him to argue with numerous voices in his head, which is quite funny.
Even his description on Marvel's website is his own Point of View!