Deadpool's New Arm is a Zebra Head
Now that the rights to Deadpool and the rest of the X-Men are returning to Marvel on film, there are plenty of obvious reasons for fans to hope that the movie universes will be combined. But in that long list of crossovers, teamups and cameos, we doubt fans imagined the scene that next plays out in Black Panther Vs. Deadpool #2. Because seeing T'Challa behold the returned Deadpool, zebra head knitted to where his living arm should be is something every fan should be able to enjoy.
Just to make sure that readers are more stunned and amused than genuinely horrified, we should remind everyone that the zebra head is alive, thanks to technology recently discovered by T'Challa and his sister Shuri. Known as Star Cells, the healing particles seek to repair any wound they come into contact with. For Deadpool, that means his cancerous tissue is unable to multiply and form a replacement arm. But for the zebra, it appears the Star Cells can cure even inter-species trauma, making Deadpool's shoulder and the zebra's head the weirdest twist on a Marvel symbiote we've ever encountered.
And even though Black Panther drove Deadpool to such extreme circumstances, witnessing Deadpool's idea of wildlife conservation isn't an easy thing to absorb.
Black Panther, Deadpool & Spot Join Forces
For those curious, the issue shows the two main flaws in surgically attaching the head of a zebra to the bas of the right arm. First, it is guaranteed to send the king of Africa's mightiest nation into mortified anger, understandably assuming that the animal has been mutilated for some twisted reason only rational to Deadpool's broken mind. And two, it represents absolutely not offensive capability whatsoever. Although its bleating does provide some effective tension to Deadpool and Black Panther's second hand-to-head showdown.
Despite the title of the comic preparing fans to see an extended rivalry, Deadpool proves entirely accurate in his prediction of how his and T'Challa's comic series would go. With the first big misunderstanding out of the way, and now the second fight built on yet another, the time has come for them to set aside their differences... and take on a common foe now coming crashing into Wakanda in flames. Oh, and they'll have to figure out what to do with the severed head of Spot, Deadpool's pet (sidekick?) zebra.
The issue ends with King T'Challa committing to giving Deadpool his original arm back (since his vision for this technology's true purpose has grown well beyond Wade's appendage). But that still leaves the problem, first Wade's, now T'Challa's, of what to do with the severed, living head of the zebra. And considering the ludicrous lengths the comic has already gone to, we're not convinced T'Challa's answer is going to be any less outrageous. Just one more reason to keep reading into Issue #3.
Black Panther Vs. Deadpool #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.