To the average person, Deadpool is best known for his wacky, irreverent, R-rated movie. He never stops cracking wise while murdering supervillains -- he's Bugs Bunny with a gat. The comics are full of similarly ridiculous action movie explosions, but over the decades Wade Wilson has stumbled into situations much darker than anything we've seen on the screen so far. Stuff like...
Deadpool is sadistic, evil, violent, and pretty darn unhinged. But he seems so silly and fun! This is the lovable guy who's fond of pancakes, chimichangas and locking his blind roommate in a dungeon attic called The Box.
Featured prominently in the movie, Blind Al also played a big role in early Deadpool comics. When she wasn't acting as the lovable sidekick, she was locked in the Box for disobeying her would-be pal. And it's not exactly pleasant in there.
he couldn't leave... because he told her too. One time another of Deadpool's friends was locked there with Blind Al and asked why they didn't leave, so Blind Al explained she tried that once. After escaping through the unlocked front door, Al met up with a friend. Or at least, she tried to.
Deadpool tortured the man almost to death before she even got there. Because it turns out Blind Al was never really allowed to leave, because she's basically Deadpool's slave. Turns out that a sociopathic serial killer isn't always the nicest guy.
Deadpool's past is more multiple choice than the Joker's, but it's pretty well established that he was previously a mercenary before getting cancer and enlisting in the Weapon Plus program that warped him to his current twisted state. Except, here's the thing -- what if all the other things we assumed about his past weren't true? What if, instead, he was a mercenary... but was driven insane long before Weapon Plus, and was always more evil than he ever appeared? What if, in fact, he wasn't even Wade Wilson?
Turns out, he might not be. See, a man named T-Ray -- a giant white zombie with magic powers -- stalked Deadpool, attempted to kill him, and was just generally a rude jerk before revealing his true motive: Deadpool stole T-Ray's identity. Before T-Ray became a murderer, he was a gentle man, living with his beautiful wife. The two of them took in a man named Jack who had almost drowned. To repay the kindness of his hosts, Jack went ballistic and killed both of them.
T-Ray secretly survived and got magic powers in the meantime, because comic books, but since then Jack took over T-Ray's original identity: Wade Wilson.
Deadpool didn't believe it, until he met Mercedes, the "original" Wilson's ressurected wife. Then it all came rushing back. Deadpool was wrong about everything he had ever believed. Deadpool dealt with this shocking news by freaking out, laughing, then deciding he didn't care. Then he killed T-Ray.
Honestly, how else was this going to end?
Deadpool's stories typically deal with him going up against terrorists, zombies, zombie Presidents, clone zombies, and other living and undead things, including sometimes versions of himself. And then there's the comic where he killed a pedophile.
See, Deadpool is one of those few characters who realizes how bad he is and also realizes that he needs psychiatric help. Which leads to this comic, Shrunken Master, where Deadpool decides to visit a therapist and tell him all about what he does, and what he sees, and how he sometimes takes on pro-bono murders, for victims of, well, people like the therapist.
See, as it turns out, the man Deadpool was getting "help" from had driven one of his victims to suicide.
The "therapist" in this scenario has made a habit of emotionally, physically, sexually abusing his patients, including children. This is where Deadpool does what he does worst.
At what point did Marvel go, "Yes, we would love to adapt Last House on the Left, but starring Deadpool and somehow even darker?" Was it the same time they greenlit Marvel Apes?
Seriously though, for anyone who has had bad stuff happen, but Deadpool wasn't there with a saw, remember RAINN can help.
The Ultimate Marvel universe is a weird one. There's no doubt it's produced quality stuff -- The Avengers film was practically ripped from the comics -- but other twists on classic formulas are a little... different. Take for example, the Ultimate Deadpool. In the mainstream universe, we know him as a wacky anti-hero (sometimes villain). In the Ultimate Universe? He's a racist. Well, specifically, a mutantist.
Isn't he a mutant though? Yep! Doesn't matter. Here he hunts down child mutants for fun while televising the ordeal to billionaires. If that wasn't bad enough, his face is about as ugly as his soul. Eventually, we see underneath the mask. Unlike the cancer ridden Wilson we know (and love?) this version has all of his skin missing, with some of his skull gone as well. He wears a see-through mask, with some of his brain poking out, like an alien from a 50s sci-fi flick.
Imagine another character getting his type of treatment. It'd be like reading a Batman comic where he turned out to be a pirate or a church leader. The story is played seriously, with Deadpool not displaying any of his customary wit or fourth wall breaking.Point is, it's not what anyone wanted or expected when they saw a comic was gonna have Deadpool in it.
Ultimate Deadpool rarely showed up again before his universe was destroyed in Secret Wars. Last we saw, he was being murdered by Regular Deadpool in the all-Deadpool crossover Deadpool Kills Deadpool.
Somehow this feels just about right.
There's never been a comic with a better title than this one. The good: Captain America, Wolverine, and Deadpool teaming up to fight against (The Bad!) the very organization that gave all of them powers -- Weapon Plus. WP has been making weird, pseudo-clones of the X-Men, using organs stolen from Deadpool, and experimenting on people who must work for WP, or else their loved ones will die. That's very, very Bad.
But not for the three heroes, because most people they care about are dead, or long dead, or super dead, but then -- The Ugly. Turns out, Deadpool is a deadbeat dad. He has a daughter. Granted, he didn't know about her until this arc.
See, he finds out he had a daughter named Ellie with a one-night stand, Carmalita, and both were being held captive by WP in order to force Deadpool into subservience. Ol' DP decided he didn't want to be a sub today, so instead he ended up fighting back, which caused the entire place to blow up, child and all.
Yeah, congrats, here's a secret chil-- ooh, ooh, actually she's a corpse now. So here's your child corpse. Yeah, congratulations.
Now, eventually, since this is comics, it turned out that his daughter didn't actually die, just her mom (yay?). But not long after Deadpool finds out, he kills the person protecting his daughter and then sides with Cap when he went full-Nazi, so their relationship isn't what you'd call stable. That's the thing with ongoing comics -- they never stop, so there's never time for a happy ending.