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.
Wade Wilson finally became a legit leading man with his first limited series, 1993's DEADPOOL: THE CIRCLE CHASE. Without Tolliver's support network, Deadpool had to give his old tech expert, Weasel, his job back. Following his boss’ death, DP found himself concerned with only one thing: Tolliver's will and the big prize that went to the first person that found it. The catch: every criminal wanted the goodies and everyone thought Deadpool knew the location.
He also became a target for Garrison Kane, looking for Vanessa. The mutant known as Copycat had gone missing after Deadpool's botched attack in Boston. After he realized that the merc didn't know Vanessa’s location, Kane left him alone.
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After Deadpool stole a disc containing information about the will, Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy immediately attacked him. Even though the two hadn't come looking for the info, they stole it after learning its value. ‘Pool followed the pair to an airport, stowing away on their getaway plane. They clashed again midair, allowing Deadpool to get the upper hand by blowing out the plane's door. Black Tom and Juggernaut were sucked out of the plane, and Wade managed to get the disc back in the scuffle.
But peace didn't last long, as a group called the Executive Elite overwhelmed Deadpool. Just as their agent Comcast started to suck DP’s knowledge of Tolliver's will out of his head, Weasel came in cavalry-style and distracted them long enough for his pal to overpower the alliteratively named team. After putting together the information from the stolen disc with the Elite's Intel, our main merc pinpointed the will's location.
Upon arriving in Katmandu, Deadpool found a number of individuals already there: Garrison Kane, a cybermorph psychopath named Slayback along with hostage Vanessa, and a dormant ADAM unit guarding the will. The skirmish woke the ADAM unit up, engaging its anti-weapon protocols. The being obviously pegged Slayback and Deadpool as weapons, immediately vaporizing the former. But when ADAM turned its attention to Deadpool, Wade reasoned with the robot. He said that he could also help people and then let the impaled Vanessa use her copying powers on his healing factor, thus saving her life. This satisfied the unit. Vanessa left with Kane, and Deadpool gave up on the will. Saving Copycat’s life gave Wade Wilson his first taste of heroism.
Deadpool ventured outside of the X-Men's corner of the Marvel Universe during this time as well, appearing in the pages of SILVER SABLE AND THE WILD PACK #23 and AVENGERS #366. He even joined up with Luke Cage and Dr. Druid to repair the fabric of time in SECRET DEFENDERS #15-17.
But no matter how far away Deadpool ran, his own past kept coming back to haunt him. 1994's DEADPOOL let fans peek behind the mercenary’s mask. Wade Wilson revealed his origin and scarred face to a bartender; one not prepared for that epic a sob story. Wilson disclosed that he had terminal cancer and became Deadpool to earn money for a cure. The cure he found worked, but left him horribly scarred.
After getting personal, Deadpool fell victim to an attack by a group of armored goons sent by Black Tom Cassidy. One of the goons made off with Deadpool's severed hand, but the rest suffered defeat at the screams of Banshee and Siryn. The father and daughter in search of their relative Black Tom tracked down his goons. Banshee decided to chase down a few leads of his own, leaving Siryn with Deadpool.
And that's when Deadpool fell in love with Siryn.
While Wade's hand healed, he flirted relentlessly with Siryn. The two got close; Siryn revealed that Black Tom raised her, and Deadpool told his real name.
Back at Black Tom's castle, Deadpool's stolen hand came in handy. The villain’s doctor, Dr. Killebrew, grafted the limb to his body, causing Tom's new, unstable mutation to heal.
Banshee found Black Tom's base, leading Siryn and Deadpool there. The trio took out Juggernaut and went head to head with Tom, but the dark Cassidy’s new appendage hadn’t taken so well, and the healing factor had begun to overpower his body. Killebrew, looking out for his patient, urged Deadpool to take his hand back, which he did—with his sword.
With a stalemate reached and Black Tom's cure unsuccessful, Deadpool snuck off with Dr. Killebrew, hoping that the doctor would be able to fix his scarred body. Siryn managed to say goodbye before 'Pool slipped away, noting that the pair made a good team and saying that if he ever needed help, he knew where to look.
And that's where Deadpool's unhealthy obsession with Siryn took hold. Next up, Wade acts on that unhealthy obsession.