5 Obscure Deadpool Facts That You Probably Didn't Know

5 Obscure Deadpool Facts That You Probably Didn't Know

There's more to the Merc with a Mouth than meets the eye and in this feature I'm going to explore five little-known facts about Deadpool that even his most devoted fans probably don't know!

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By NateBest - May 31, 2024 04:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Deadpool

Last week, I shared a fairly long list of 15 Things That You Probably Don't Know About Wolverine. I had so much fun with it that I decided to focus on Deadpool this week, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale.

Deadpool, also known as Wade Wilson, debuted in 1991's "New Mutants" #98. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld, Deadpool quickly gained popularity due to his unique combination of dark humor, relentless violence, and a penchant for breaking the fourth wall.

Over the years, he has become a staple in the Marvel Universe, appearing in numerous comic books, animated series, and blockbuster movies. His irreverent attitude and complex personality have endeared him to fans worldwide. Here are five obscure facts about Deadpool that even hardcore fans might not be aware of!

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Deadpool's Deleted Origins

1. Deadpool's Deleted Origins

While most fans know that Deadpool's origins are tied to the Weapon X program, few know of the deleted storyline originally intended for his character.

In early drafts of Deadpool's backstory, it was revealed that Wade Wilson was a failed clone of Wolverine. This idea was eventually scrapped, but hints can be found in "Deadpool" #37 (1999) by Joe Kelly. In this issue, Deadpool encounters an alternate-reality version of himself, who claims to be a clone of Wolverine.

The concept of cloning and genetic manipulation remained a recurring theme in Deadpool's stories. Still, the decision to discard this origin allowed writers to explore Wade Wilson's character in greater depth, focusing on his personal struggles and complex psyche rather than tying him too closely to Wolverine's legacy.

Wade Wilson's Lost Love

2. Wade Wilson's Lost Love

In "Deadpool" #17 (1998) by Joe Kelly, it is revealed that Wade was married to a woman named Mercedes before he became Deadpool. Believing she was killed, Wade was driven to madness and despair, eventually becoming the mercenary we know today.

However, in a shocking twist, Mercedes is revealed to be alive, hidden by the villain T-Ray, who manipulated Wade's memories. This revelation adds a layer of tragedy to Deadpool's already complex character, showing that even someone as seemingly unhinged as Wade Wilson can be driven by love and loss.

Deadpool's Obsession with Bea Arthur

3. Deadpool's Obsession with Bea Arthur

Deadpool's affection for the actress Bea Arthur is a recurring joke that many fans find amusing, but the origins of this obsession are surprisingly obscure.

Bea Arthur, best known for her roles in "The Golden Girls" and "Maude," became an unlikely inspiration for Deadpool. Joe Kelly first mentions this unusual fixation in "Deadpool" #11 (1997), where Wade references his admiration for the actress.

The real-life explanation for this joke lies with Deadpool's creator, Fabian Nicieza, who was a fan of Bea Arthur's work. The character's love for the actress was an inside joke that gained a life of its own, becoming a quirky aspect of Deadpool's personality. Bea Arthur even made a cameo appearance in the first "Deadpool" film as you can see Wade wearing a T-shirt with her face on it.

Breaking Down The Fourth Wall

4. Breaking Down The Fourth Wall

Before Deadpool, She-Hulk was known for her meta-commentary and breaking the fourth wall in "The Sensational She-Hulk" series, which began in 1989. Deadpool's fourth wall-breaking antics can be traced back to "Deadpool" #28, which was published 10 years later in 1999, where he begins to address the readers directly, acknowledging his existence as a comic book character.

While She-Hulk's fourth wall-breaking was used sparingly, Deadpool's meta-commentary has become a defining feature of his stories.

Deadpool's Unexpected Connection to Spider-Man

5. Deadpool's Unexpected Connection to Spider-Man

What few fans know is that Deadpool's personality was actually influenced by Spider-Man's humor and quips. Deadpool's co-creator, Rob Liefeld, was inspired by Spider-Man's witty banter and wanted to create a character who took that humor to an extreme. This influence is evident in Deadpool's early appearances, where his dialogue and attitude closely mirror Spider-Man's style.

Their relationship is explored in depth in Joe Kelly's 2016 "Spider-Man/Deadpool" #1, in which the two characters team up for a series of adventures.

Despite their differences, Deadpool and Spider-Man share a unique bond, often bringing out the best (and the worst) in each other.

And there you have it: five things that you probably didn't know about Deadpool. From his scrapped origins and tragic love story to his quirky obsessions and unique storytelling techniques, Deadpool stands out as a truly unique character. 

What other obscure Deadpool facts and stories should I have included in the list? Let me know in the comments!

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HashTagSwagg - 5/31/2024, 4:08 PM
He included "probably" this time!, finally an article guy who adjusts based on constructive feedback. Thank you.
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NateBest - 5/31/2024, 4:25 PM
@HashTagSwagg - Lol, you're welcome!
TheFinestSmack - 5/31/2024, 5:18 PM
@HashTagSwagg - He can't tell me what I probably don't know!!!
OriginalGusto1 - 6/1/2024, 12:23 AM
@NateBest - Nate hits an article, I'm drunk....moon is aligning.
Amuro - 5/31/2024, 4:33 PM
I have to admit, the first thing I thought when I read the title was "yeah, sure ! I bet the fans who know enough about the character already know those facts."

And then I read it and I actually didn't know many of them (I only knew about the Wolverine clone aspect). My bad ! Good article !
NateBest - 5/31/2024, 5:35 PM
@Amuro - Thank you!
OriginalGusto1 - 6/1/2024, 12:24 AM
I love you.
lazlodaytona - 6/1/2024, 4:15 AM
@OriginalGusto1 - everyone loves you dude!
marvel72 - 5/31/2024, 4:35 PM
Joe Kelly is responsible for a lot of what made Deadpool popular.

Sometimes I wish he was more serious, not so many jokes.

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Amuro - 5/31/2024, 4:39 PM
@marvel72 -

If he was more serious, he would just be a blatant Deathstroke expy. Or some Barakapool character from an obscure 20th Century Fox movie.
mountainman - 5/31/2024, 4:40 PM
@marvel72 - I know this isn’t Joe Kelly, but I really liked the 2004 Cable & Deadpool run. At that point, Deadpool hadn’t gotten as ridiculous as he has in recent years.

Plus, Cable really unleashed in that run.
marvel72 - 5/31/2024, 6:27 PM
@mountainman - That Cable And Deadpool series was awesome. Cable took on The Silver Surfer.
mountainman - 5/31/2024, 6:28 PM
@marvel72 - Seeing Cable at full power with no virus was awesome. And that he tried using his immense power to fix the world’s problems and failed at it is so poetic.
marvel72 - 5/31/2024, 6:44 PM
@mountainman - I think there is a bit where Cable is being interviewed by a reporter and while talking to her he is easing the pain of everyone in the world.
mountainman - 5/31/2024, 9:10 PM
@marvel72 - It’s crazy to think that after Messiah Complex and War, Marvel never seemed to use him well after that. He’s one of my favorite characters.
marvel72 - 5/31/2024, 10:38 PM
@mountainman -

I like The New Mutants movie, I know most think it sucked but I enjoy it for what it is.

Anyway imagine if Cable showed up at the end or post credit scene that would have been great.
mountainman - 6/1/2024, 12:00 AM
@marvel72 - I didn’t mind it either. Better than some other Fox mutant movies. Way better than Dark Phoenix, Origins, The Last Stand, and Apocalypse.

I think Magik, Dani Moonstar, and the Demon Bear were done well.

I wish we could have seen those X-Force and Multiple Man movies that were announced but never made.

Even though the Fox X-Men movies were a mixed bag, they were rarely goofy and never included modern social issues, like modern MCU.

I know we don’t see completely eye to eye on X-Men 97 but I’m glad we are getting it. I hope they continue to adapt the 80’s-2010ish runs in future seasons. And it seems like they are heavily incorporating the summers family. Maybe we will get some of these stories adapted.

Because I don’t really have much faith in the eventual live action adaption the MCU will give us. And that’s ok. Maybe we will get something like DC where they have animated adaptions of comic stories, and the live actions do their own thing.
OriginalGusto1 - 6/1/2024, 12:26 AM
@marvel72 - Jesus [frick]ing Christ, I love you like a dipshit cousin. And, I do love your dumbass. But, the [frick]ing new mutants movie?????????
OriginalGusto1 - 6/1/2024, 12:26 AM
can I buy some weed from you?
marvel72 - 6/1/2024, 8:31 AM
@OriginalGusto1 - It's a guilty pleasure.

I like Punisher:Warzone (for The Punisher and the level of violence)

Fantastic Four:Rise Of The Silver Surfer (Because the surfer is my 3rd favourite character)
Malatrova15 - 5/31/2024, 5:14 PM
Fact 7 pls help
Nomis929 - 5/31/2024, 5:32 PM
He was created as a spoof on Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke the Terminator
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NateBest - 5/31/2024, 5:38 PM
@Nomis929 - I almost included that little tidbit, but I was looking for things that I didn't know beforehand... I wasn't sure if it was obscure enough for many of the people on CBM...
Sabre81 - 5/31/2024, 5:47 PM
Sorry @NateBest, didn't see your last article...but this one...a list...without bias or shilling...is perfect. You fill my heart with joy back to he true way an article should shown. Bravo, Sir, Bravo!

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Long live the Best of the Best!!

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NateBest - 5/31/2024, 5:57 PM
@Sabre81 - Love the My Hero Academia/All Might reference!
Sabre81 - 5/31/2024, 6:54 PM
@NateBest - "NEVER FEAR!...I... AM HERE!"
BruceWayng - 5/31/2024, 6:12 PM
Deadpool was also set to be the villain in the original X-Force movie. Fox has commissioned “Kick Ass 2” screenwriter Jeff Waldo to pen the movie which would’ve focused on an underground team of mutants led by Cable. The lineup would’ve also included most of the OG 90’es team like Boom Boom, Cannonball, Feral, Richie and a younger Domino. Waldo says the script had a Red Dawn feel, whatever that means but I think it sounds more like Kathryn Bigelow’s late 80’s vampire filk, “Near Dark”

The film would’ve taken place in TX and had the team on the run or in hiding from someone. That someone would’ve hired Wade/Deadpool to hunt them down. He said Reynolds would’ve played DP again(this was post X-MEN:Origins but pre “Deadpool”) and he would’ve worn a red leather motorcycle style suit and a red balsamic mask.

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mountainman - 5/31/2024, 9:15 PM
@BruceWayng - The concept of this movie sounded so cool. Same with that Multiple Man movie that Fox was supposedly doing. With the studios inconsistent quality, it’s tough to say if they would have ended up good, but they certainly sounded interesting.
LSHF - 6/2/2024, 1:33 PM

Interesting article and THANK YOU for using the word "probably" instead of the normal article titles that try to tell us that none of us know Jack Shit ("10 Things you didn't know"), except the ones writing the articles (I'm guessing you've seen this a multitude of times on other sites).

Thank you.

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