Deadpool is one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel universe. There’s never a shortage of Deadpool merchandise and cosplayers at any given comic book convention. His popularity has even lead to his own video game and upcoming film adaptation. But the truth about Deadpool is that there are a lot of fans whom are unfamiliar with the character outside of pop culture. Sure, they may understand that the character is somewhat of a goofball comedic character with deadly mercenary skills, but his popularity is mostly based on his comedic timing and recently found mainstream appeal than his comic history. The fact that a partition for a PG-13 cut of his film exist is evidence of that. But with all of the focus on the character’s growing mainstream appeal, and the upcoming film that will surely take his popularity to the next level, it’s only fitting that we take a look back at one of the most interesting Deadpool stories ever published; Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe.
The story is more of an “what if” observation. It’s not considered canon for obvious reasons, but it’s definitely one of the best Deadpool stories to properly express who the character is in a way that makes complete sense. It’s well worth the read, so I’ll try to avoid any spoilers until later in the review. Because there’s no way I can properly review it without discussing the reasoning behind his killing spree, and the surprising ending to the story.
The book starts off with Wade Wilson being committed to an asylum for… well… being Deadpool. Professor X, along with a few of his X-Men, force Deadpool to get treatment in hope that a doctor with a new technique of treating patients may actually cure him. But the doctor was not whom he seemed, and the treatment affects Deadpool’s mind in a negative way. This causes the Merc with a Mouth to go crazy (crazier?) and go on a killing spree that results in the brutal murder of everyone in the Marvel Universe. As Deadpool slaughters heroes and villains while still delivering the dark humor he’s known for, the reasoning behind the massacre begins to slowly unfold revealing an actual logical excuse for his rampage. And believe it or not, it complements the character of Deadpool perfectly.
The murders also shows off Deadpool’s abilities as a highly trained mercenary. Although they may seem random at first, Wade adjust to the different abilities of Marvel’s heroes and villains methodically. The best way to describe his rampage without giving away any spoilers is to compare it to a Mega Man game. The best way to play the game is to plan out which boss you should defeat first in order to take their abilities and use them on another boss. Deadpool does exactly that as he targets certain heroes and villains first in order to use their abilities to kill others. Because he targeted person A, he can use them to kill person B. And his precise planning makes enough sense that it’s believable that one person could very well kill off the Marvel Universe. Especially if they’re basically indestructible themselves similar to Deadpool.
The most interesting thing about Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe is the reason behind why he started the killing spree in the first place. Any hardcore Deadpool fan is familiar with the fact that he breaks the fourth wall frequently, and he’s schizophrenic. Well, an incident in the hospital releases a new voice inside his head that tells him to kill everyone in the Marvel Universe as a mercy killing. Well aware that he is in fact a comic book character for years, the logic the new voice gives him is that they’re all going through the motions of life for the entertainment for someone else. Basically, he’s trying to free the Marvel Universe from existing to entertain us, the readers. And he even goes as far as to find a way into the real world to kill the writers of the book as well. And he does all this while breaking the fourth wall and ending the book with a threat geared towards the reader.
In the end, Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe is a perfect representation of the character. It shows his comedic timing, while showing that he’s more than what fans have reduced him down to. In fact, one of the points he brings up in the comic is how no one saw this coming. Everyone simply considers him as a wisecracking goofy character, but he can in fact become a serious threat when the time is needed. The book delivers the madness behind the character in order to show how disturbed he really is. And it leaves you with a different view of Deadpool. With the hard R film just around the corner, this is a must read for any Deadpool fan. Well worth it.