By Brett White
After making a bloody splash as an X-Force villain just over 20 years ago, Deadpool has grown from a cult favorite second banana to Marvel's most notorious leading mercenary.
On June 25, 2013, comic book fans everywhere will get to experience life in the red and black tights when Deadpool's first ever video game breaks its way into stores. This marks Wade Wilson's first time headlining a game after appearing in other titles like “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance” and the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're giving you an in-depth look at Deadpool's history, from his humble beginnings as X-Force's snarkiest foe all the way to today.
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Deadpool got a job stealing files from the Skrulls during the Secret Invasion of Earth in DEADPOOL (2008) #1. Norman Osborn intercepted Wilson's transmission to his client, Nick Fury, and used the information to defeat the aliens and get put in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. 'Pool never got paid.
Bummed out, DP hid on a freighter traveling to America in DEADPOOL (2008) #6. Tiger Shark sunk the ship to try to kill Wade, leaving him stranded in Mexico. The two got into a few bloody tussles until Bob, Agent of HYDRA, showed up just in time to save his buddy. Bob revealed that he was hired by Norman Osborn to off the Merc with a Mouth, just as Tiger Shark had been.
Convinced that Normie owed him serious cash for those Skrull secrets, Wilson busted into Avengers Tower in DEADPOOL (2008) #8 and brawled with Osborn's hit squad, the Thunderbolts. He escaped to Taskmaster's lair from Avengers Tower with a few new bullet wounds and an unrequited crush on the other Black Widow, Yelena Belova.
Always looking for his next paycheck, 'Pool turned to Craigslist in DEADPOOL (2008) #10 which led him right into the clutches of Bullseye, posing as Hawkeye in Osborn's Dark Avengers. Whatever upper hand Wilson had vanished the instant Bullseye ran an arrow through the merc's head.
Bullseye took Deadpool to a meat-processing warehouse to grind him up beyond his healing factor's ability to regenerate. But DP regained consciousness and the two expert marksmen took to battle, forcing 'Pool to take cover in a freezer filled with dead animals. Donning armor made of fresh meat, Wade got the better of Bullseye and impaled him with a meat hook.
Norman didn't take a meat hook through the chest as an excuse and immediately sent the assassin out after DP again in DEADPOOL (2008) #12. The second mission went as well as the first. To save his own life, Bullseye lied and said that Osborn just wanted to give the merc the money owed. The Dark Avenger then handed over his life savings to his former target.
The merc used his newfound wealth to purchase a boat that he immediately tricked out into a pirate ship. With Bob at his side, Wade set off for a luxurious island in DEADPOOL (2008) #13. With the island besieged by other ne'er do wells, Bob volunteered Deadpool to come to the rescue. That rescue brought a swift and decisive end to the adventure, and gave the now ex-pirate a feeling he hadn't had in a while: that of being a hero.
DEADPOOL (2008) #15 started Wilson's quest to show the world the real him, which meant roller-skating through San Francisco in short shorts. After socializing with the locals—aka a bar brawl—Deadpool heard Cyclops deliver a message that spoke to him. Wilson decided to join the X-Men, whether they liked it or not—which they did not. Cyclops assigned Domino to watch over the dejected merc.
Just at that time, the father of X-student Mercury publicly expressed his desire to take his daughter away from the X-Men. Wade decided to stick up for the team that turned him down. To him that meant killing Ellis Kincaid on live television, a hit that Domino barely prevented.
Kincaid then became a pawn for Norman Osborn to use as bait for Wilson to murder in the X-Men's name, thus giving the mutants a publicity nightmare. Knowing what Osborn intended, Wade dragged Kincaid out into public and allowed the X-Men to take him out, thus clearing the team's reputation.
Wade then traveled cross-country to New York City, where Spider-Man wrongly accused him of murder in DEADPOOL (2008) #19. ‘Pool’s rock solid alibi allowed Spidey to team-up with the merc to solve the crime. After investigating the scene. Wilson knew it had to be the work of Hit-Monkey, the monkey that kills murderers. The webslinger didn't believe it at first, which seemed odd for a guy who fights rhinos and lizards for a living.
When the duo encountered Hit-Monkey, who left them riddled with bullet holes that only the Fantastic Four could heal, Spidey became convinced. DP defeated the murderous monkey by luring him into the open with an elaborate Spider-funeral, with himself in the wall-crawler's place. But both Hit-Monkey and Deadpool found themselves in jail on Rikers Island. Spider-Man, who recognized Deadpool's good deed, knocked out a wall in DP's cell, allowing him to escape.
Did Deadpool get to join the real Avengers after that? Nope! No respect!