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Place Your Bets on Deadpool Vs. Carnage

Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin unleash two of the most manic figures in the Marvel Universe this April!

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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.

Deadpool Vs. Carnage #1 cover by Glen Fabry

Marvel.com: Can you tell us how it is that Deadpool decided to take on Carnage?

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!

Deadpool Vs. Carnage #1 inks by Salva Espin

Marvel.com: When getting to use characters like Carnage or Deadpool, from the perspectives of writer and artist, in a scenario like DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE, does it allow you to take them to the limits of what they can do when faced in all-out battle like this?

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.

Deadpool Vs. Carnage #1 inks by Salva Espin

Marvel.com: What is the core appeal to both characters, and what do you two think makes this pairing so perfect to go up against each other?

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

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IronDeadpool1509
IronDeadpool1509

Amazing! Going to Comic-con (Calgary) tomorrow and hoping to get it. :D

goreelaa
goreelaa plus member

DEADPOOL!!!! 

marveljules
marveljules

I have a feeling its Carnage, but...WTHeck! DEADPOOL!

rj155500
rj155500 member

Deadpool's hyperactive healing would reject the symbiote if it tried to attach to him (like it did with wolverine) right?

JamesPup
JamesPup

Deadpool needs to fight with weapons to be able to fight Carnage. Where as Carnage can make his own weapons with his body, making him the winner of this fight in my mind. I see Deadpool using his weapons only to see that they don’t work against Carnage and then is left without any weapons and having Carnage carve into him. I’m a Deadpool fan but Deadpool can’t really win against Carnage. He is going to have to go Spiderman on Carnage's ass to beat him. I’m not sure why Carnage would run away from a fight but I see him doing that a lot in this mini series. I don't see how Deadpool could get away from Carnage by himself unless Carnage loses interest in him, thinking he is dead. Someone or something is going to have to help Deadpool out in this fight for Deadpool to have a chance. I can’t wait to read it though, looks great.

Doctor_Deadpool
Doctor_Deadpool

This is going to be fantastic. And for those of you who say Deadpool doesn't stand a chance? In a fair fight, no. But Deadpool fights dirty.

Zeraphim24
Zeraphim24

But i am Sure deadpool might win

Doctor_Deadpool
Doctor_Deadpool

@rj155500 Deadpool's healing factor isn't identical in all ways to Wolverine's in function. It might get rejected or it could even become permanently fused. The symbiote could absorb Deadpool's power and become unstoppable or it could just be business as usual.

TemporaryAccountedSpidey
TemporaryAccountedSpidey

@Doctor_Deadpool @EmazingSpeedy I'm a huge Spider-Man fan, but I still think that this is an even match, although Carnage is unpredictable because of his bloodlust and rage(only when Deadpool really pisses him off lol).

Saying that, Deadpool is unpredictable too lol, so either of them could win. I think Deadpool should win in the end cos he is the hero in this story.