Few Marvel characters define crazy as well as Deadpool. But starting this April, writer Cullen Bunn and artist Salva Espin, the creative team that brought us DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL, pit DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE in a battle of insanity.
To learn just how outrageous the action gets when the Merc with a Mouth and Sadistic Symbiote face off, we spoke to Bunn and Espin about the four-issue limited series.
Cullen Bunn: In this series, Carnage is embarking on a wild, random killing spree. The authorities can't predict his next move, so they can't track him. But Deadpool discovers that he's able to foresee what Carnage is going to do next. They're on similar wavelengths of crazy. In a sense, Deadpool is the only person capable of taking Carnage down.
Marvel.com: Will this series set out to show who is the craziest between the two?
Cullen Bunn: The answer to that question can be found in this series, for sure, but it's completely subjective and up to the individual reader. Finally, readers will have something new to debate! Rather than "Can Deadpool beat Carnage?" the comic shops and message boards will come to life with heated discussions of "Who's the nuttiest between these two!" Spoiler! They're equally crazy--in very different ways!
Marvel.com: Speaking of crazy, can you talk about some of the unique situations these two characters will find themselves facing? What is it like to tackle such scenes, Salva?
Cullen Bunn: This is definitely a tale of hot pursuit, so we see Deadpool and Carnage squaring off against each other in a variety of locales. While their first encounter is somewhat quiet--putting aside the explosions, screaming, dubstep, and splattering innards--the subsequent "arenas" they enter will influence the fights in dramatically.
Also, Salva had to learn to draw blood patterns in a variety of settings.
Salva Espin: Yes! I've gotten to revisit my favorite gore movies, like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," to ensure I am properly drawing the entrails and blood spots. I can say that the series has been a dream come true!
Cullen Bunn: Yes! In this game of cat and mouse, the battles continue to escalate, with these two psychopaths upping their games with each encounter. In the case of Deadpool, his tactics get more and more outlandish. He's approaching these fights like a hyper-violent episode of "Jackass." Carnage, on the other hand, sticks to what he knows: inflicting the maximum amount of bodily harm in the most ghastly way possible; and he gets more and more bloodthirsty with every encounter.
Salva Espin: As an artist, it's a great challenge to draw the mad things that Cullen writes in each issue. It's a chance to have these characters use hilarious ruses to kill among themselves. I can't wait to see how this series will end!
Marvel.com: It seems, Cullen, that your approach to Deadpool is one where you ratchet back the comedy a smidge--never completely of course--to allow the darkness of the character to come to the surface a bit more. Am I right?
Cullen Bunn: That's been my approach to the character since I wrote the first issue of DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE. I want my approach to Wade to be true to the character, but I also want it to be different enough from other incarnations that readers are getting something fresh. Some of these books have been darker than others. DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL are decidedly darker than, say, DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL. But there's still going to be this element of darkness in almost anything I do with the character. In this series, Deadpool skews a little more toward comedic, only because that creates a nice balance with Carnage's vileness.
Cullen Bunn: I think Deadpool and Carnage are like flip sides of the same coin. In fact, that's what sets them on a collision course to some degree. I think the different approaches to the mayhem they cause will be fun for the reader, especially when those approaches smash into each other.
Salva Espin: Yeah, I totally agree. I think that the fans of each character will enjoy the clash of these mad, violent and funny titans.
Marvel.com: What do you two think makes Deadpool a hero? On the flip side, what is it about Carnage that makes him so evil?
Cullen Bunn: Deadpool does bad things--often for the wrong reasons--but actually wants to do better. He wants to be a hero. Carnage, on the other hand, does really horrible things simply for the thrill of it. And that leads to something we'll explore in this book. Deadpool knows that life is but a comic book, and that means someone or something is pulling the strings. Carnage relishes in the randomness of his every action. But if someone is writing reality, can there be such a thing as randomness?
Salva Espin: Yes, Deadpool is a crazy and dangerous guy but deep down he has a great heart. Although I wouldn't let him take care of my children, I would trust him to save Christmas if Santa Claus were in trouble.
Carnage--well, he's pure evil and madness. That's why I love him so much!
DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE kicks off this April