Not long ago, Marvel’s Merc with the Mouth was a mid-level character simply searching for his true voice. Well, that’s only partially true. He never had a problem with his voice, depending upon who you ask, hence his mouthy nickname. Before he catapulted to superhero super-stardom, Deadpool had more than a few shots at the big-time – and he used most of them to kill his fellow big wigs.
In the 2012 miniseries, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, writer Cullen Bunn and his creative team took an extra-disturbed Wade Wilson and pitted him against, well, every single major Marvel character. Now, it looks like history is about to repeat itself.
Recently, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso dropped a strong hint about Wade’s return trip to mass murder-ville on Twitter (via io9). Hearkening to classic video game lingo, Alonso accompanied his promo artwork with: “Respawn #Deadpool.” The cover, beautifully rendered by Dave Johnson, reveals the Merc with a Mouth holding a string of paper dolls, including Captain America, Wolverine, the Punisher, Rogue, and more. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again also features silhouettes Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, and Cap under assault by the infamous assassin. At present, though, no creative team has been announced. Check out the teaser below:
Deadpool Kills… volume 1 was written by Bunn, with art from Dalibor Talajic. The series starts after the X-Men send Wade to an asylum to treat his unbalanced psyche. Unfortunately, his therapist turns out to be Psycho-Man, who meddles with Wade’s mind, trying to brainwash him into doing his bidding. Instead, he accidentally unleashes Deadpool’s murderous “super-ego,” and the Regenerating Degenerate sets off on a slaughter spree of epic proportions.
Essentially a Marvel slasher movie, DKTMU gave fans a twisted opportunity to watch the Merc with a Mouth stalk and kill the mainstays of Marvel, including the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Galactus, and the Hulk, among many others. His misanthropic quest results in some impressively inventive carnage, including rigging Mjolnir against Thor and using Pym particles to bomb Luke Cage from the inside, in addition to more basic stuff like stabbing, shooting, and crashing a rocket into Johnny Storm (before slitting his throat). The miniseries ends (spoiler) as, Deadpool, now finished with the MU, hops into the “real world” to take out the comic’s creative staff, before turning his sights on the readers.
Derived from Preacher scribe Garth Ennis’ brutal one-shot, The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (1995), Deadpool’s gore-soaked death fest toys with superhero conventions in a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek manner. Marvel followed the miniseries up with two more entries in the Deadpool “Killogy,” including Deadpool Killustrated, and Deadpool Kills Deadpool.
With the Merc’s popularity at an all-time high now, it’s no surprise that Marvel is setting up a sequel to the non-canon splatfest. After all that wholesale slaughter, though, it’s hard to imagine there’s anyone left to kill in any branch of the Marvel Universe. Fortunately, for the sake of Wade’s psychotic side, Reed Richards and his family are busy reconstructing the multiverse, which should give him plenty of new dimensions to annihilate. It will also be interesting to see if the writers take a different tactic, twisting the Merc’s motives – such when his adversary made him believe Peter Parker was evil in the recent Spider-Man/Deadpool team book – or offering him an ulterior motive for his latest creative kill fest.
Even if Wade Wilson just reprises his manic mayhem from the first “Killogy,” there ought to be plenty of inventive destruction and fourth-wall quipping to go around. At present, Marvel hasn’t set a release date for Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more info.