Deadpool has become America’s sweetheart and that’s all well and good. The movie’s unprecedented ($700 million worldwide!) success means that Deadpool 2 is definitely coming and we’ll get more guest appearances all over the place.
That said, there’s a saying that a hero is only as good as his villains and…yeah, Deadpool seems to be the exclusion. His villains in the movie included a guy not too many comic fans have heard of and a random, forgotten Morlock who came from a mini-series from years ago that had absolutely no relation to Deadpool whatsoever.
So just who are Deadpool’s villains? Who’s in the running to be in the sequels and who’s being held back by rights issues?
I figured I’d go through a whole lot of them. Now, two things before I get started: First, I’m counting the actual supervillains. Some random mob idiot who gets wasted in a two-issue Kid Deadpool arc doesn’t really deserve mentioning.
Second, Deadpool’s mostly about playing off the existing Marvel Universe, so he has interacted and clashed with many a named supervillain. Guys like Dr. Doom, Norman Osborn, Apocalypse, Carnage, and so on. I’m only going to count those whose relationship with Deadpool is in some way tangible and important. Your mileage may vary on who I include and exclude, so don’t try and take it so personally when I neglect to talk about Thanos or Black Talon.
First Appearance: Deadpool v.1 #1Created by: Fabian Nicieza and Joe Madureira
Slayback is what happens when you mix Deadpool, Carnage, and Deathlok into one character. He’s first introduced in Deadpool’s first miniseries and while we don’t know too much about him, we know just enough. He’s a Weapon X experiment who worked alongside Deadpool, Garrison Kane, and Copycat. At some point, Deadpool chose to blow him up, presumably because he had enough decency to know that Slayback’s a prime scumbag and the world’s better without him. Slayback also has a healing factor and it took ten years for him to put himself back together.
In a time when Deadpool has only shown himself to be a villain, Slayback is there to be his foil and show that there are worse monsters out there. Namely in the climax where Slayback mortally wounds Copycat as she tries to save Deadpool. An android named Adam activates and wipes out Slayback completely due to his violent, irredeemable nature. Adam plans to do the same to Deadpool, but he proves himself of worth to society by mixing his healing factor and Copycat’s ability to absorb powers so that she’s able to survive the wound.
Slayback would return many years later during the final arc of Daniel Way’s Deadpool run. He’s basically a non-factor and gets blown up yet again. It looks like third time’s a charm, since he’s last shown in Hell.
JUGGERNAUT AND BLACK TOM
First Appearances: X-Men #12 (Juggernaut), Uncanny X-Men #99 (Black Tom)Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Juggernaut), Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum (Black Tom)
The first two Deadpool miniseries feature Deadpool being pestered by Juggernaut and Black Tom, partially because they are also soldiers of fortune. The second mini is more about Black Tom dying after having his arm replaced with a piece of wood and…listen, it’s weird.
What’s important is that they make for a pretty interesting fighting dynamic. Deadpool can only evade Juggernaut. Through violence, he simply can’t dent the big lug. Juggernaut’s only weakness is his teammate. Deadpool’s saved himself by throwing Black Tom off a plane (meaning Juggernaut had to jump after him) and using the only man capable of saving Tom’s life as a hostage.
Interestingly enough, while the two have mostly left Deadpool alone since then, it was because Joe Kelly figured they were already too overused as Deadpool foes and went out of his way not to use them.
They would make for good movie foes, especially to tag-team Deadpool and Cable. Juggernaut, like Deadpool, is a previously-used X-Men character in that movie franchise who could really use a second shot. If they were able to make Colossus work so well, Juggernaut would be much better served in this kind of flick.
First appearance: Deadpool v.1 #2Created by: Fabian Nicieza and Joe Madureira
Originally, this guy was known as Commcast. Black Box was definitely a step up from that one.
Black Box is like a cross between Professor Xavier and Cyborg. I suppose “digital telepath” is the best way to describe him. He sits around in his own Cerebro-type setting, connecting his mind to the internet and all that while being able to broadcast telepathic images on screens. Although Weasel shot him in the head in his first appearance, it turns out that Black Box has a bunch of clone bodies out there.
Black Box antagonizes Deadpool and Cable in their own team-up series, but after his defeat, he’s recruited by Cable to help him create a utopian society. Black Box plays on the side of the angels until being slaughtered by Sabretooth.
Later he appears alive and well, aware and interested when Deadpool has lost his healing factor. Rather than go after him himself, he recruits fellow Black-themed criminals Black Swan and Black Tom to do the job for him. Black Box stops after Black Swan makes him forget about Deadpool’s vulnerability.
DOCTOR EMRYS KILLBREW
First appearance: Deadpool v.2 #1Created by: Mark Waid and Ian Churchill
Dr. Killbrew was originally included as an enigmatic figure in the original screenplay of the Deadpool movie with hints that he’d play a bigger role in the sequel, but that has since been dropped. In the comics, Killbrew was the scientist responsible for creating Deadpool with Ajax as his sadistic orderly. Killbrew was a callous sort who had no qualms in torturing Wade to get results.
During the Joe Kelly run, Killbrew is reintroduced in a different light. He’s trying to make amends for the horrors of his past and even helps Deadpool out a couple times. Deadpool tries to kill him, though he gets talked down. Ultimately, through his own sacrifice against Ajax, Killbrew is able to teach Deadpool that the cycle of violence and revenge can be broken and even the worst people can redeem themselves.
First appearance: Deadpool v.3 #1Created by: Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness
T-Ray is a very interesting villain. Kelly introduced him as the main antagonist of his run and he should have become Deadpool’s Joker/Luthor/Green Goblin/Magneto. It’s just that none of the other writers were that fond of him and we were given nothing but diminishing returns.
T-Ray is a mercenary rival of Deadpool’s who uses both his enhanced strength and skills in dark magic. He’s far more ruthless than Deadpool and has a knowing interest in watching Deadpool’s failures. His tendency to antagonize Deadpool turns out to be a justifiable case of wanting revenge.
See, T-Ray is Wade Wilson. The real Wade Wilson. Deadpool is Jack, a mercenary who was once taken in by Wade and Mercedes Wilson. Jack tried to steal Wade’s life by killing him and stealing his identity, but it went wrong and he accidentally killed both Wade and Mercedes. The trauma caused him to go nuts and he believed himself to actually be Wade.
Thus brings the moral of Kelly’s run, which would make a great heart for a sequel. Yes, Deadpool has done some stuff that can’t be forgiven, but he’s still morally superior to someone like T-Ray. Deadpool at least strives to be a better person, even if past crimes make it hopeless. That’s still better than being someone who, despite being in the right initially, has allowed revenge to corrupt them as well as others.
T-Ray would come back in a crappy story by Frank Tieri years later where due to a nonsense plot device, Deadpool realizes that he’s the one true Wade Wilson after all. Seriously, there’s no logic to the explanation whatsoever and it’s only there because Tieri had to go “fix” what didn’t need fixing.
Later on, Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza introduced T-Ray into Cable/Deadpool with Deadpool trying to explain that the whole “T-Ray is the real Wade Wilson” plot is stupid and fake. Nicieza later relented in another arc where he had Deadpool admit that it’s up in the air and is based on which writer you like the most.
First appearance: Avengers #195Created by: David Michelinie and George Perez
Taskmaster is best described as a “frenemy” to Deadpool. A fellow high-ranking merc, Taskmaster has had many run-ins with Deadpool, both with and against. Taskmaster is an expert at fighting due to his ability to perfectly copy any human movement he witnesses, mainly in terms of martial arts and acrobatics. Deadpool ends up being an outlier against his abilities in the sense that Taskmaster can’t predict his movements. On the other side of things, despite Taskmaster having major problems with memory loss, he admits that he simply can never forget Deadpool.
For a time, Fox did have the rights to Taskmaster as his own property. Sadly, the rights have lapsed already and he cannot show up in the X-Men cinematic universe.
First appearance: Daredevil #254Created by: Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr.
While known mainly for being a Daredevil and Spider-Man villain, Typhoid Mary damaged Deadpool in one of the worst ways. More specifically, she raped him.
While struggling with his own potential as a good person, Deadpool decides that he sees something similar to himself in Mary. He takes her under his wing, hoping that if he could make her better, then he might have hope as well. Betting on Mary turns out to be a big mistake as she’s a lost cause.
Later on, as Deadpool’s struggling not to hit rock bottom, he has a big fight with his will-they-won’t-they love interest Siryn. She later comes back to him and they sleep with each other. In the morning, Wade discovers that it’s Mary using an image inducer, choosing to mess with him just because. It further breaks Deadpool and leads to one of his darker moments when he takes out his frustrations on his best friends.
Mary has shown up a few times since then and it’s very apparent that Deadpool still has issues with her, but he’s yet to get any real catharsis.
First appearance: Deadpool v.3 #9Created by: Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness
Deathtrap is one of those examples of throwing something at the wall and it not sticking. This Arcade knockoff has appeared in a single issue where he proceeded to not get his comeuppance. He’s a high-class serial killer who’s fallen in love with the art of killing people through creative traps. He takes an interest in Deadpool due to his unkillable nature and proceeds to mess with him. The only reason Deadpool doesn’t get the drop on him is because of Blind Al having pranked him via screwing with his weapons.
Deathtrap ends the issue promising a return to mutilate Deadpool some more in the future, but the only time he ever gets mentioned is a reminder that he’s kind of a lame villain that didn’t work.
First appearance: Deadpool Team-Up Starring Deadpool and Widdle WadeCreated by: James Felder and Pete Woods
They did a one-shot that was meant to parody Wolverine’s tendency to have a tragic, romantic history of doing stuff in Japan. Instead of being an honorable samurai warrior, Wade Wilson was a great sumo wrestler. While in Japan, someone got a hold of his DNA and created a dwarf clone of him. The ridiculous and tiny assassin Widdle Wade is also accompanied by an equally-ridiculous talking dog named Daruma.
Deadpool fights his smaller self in Japan a couple times and mortally wounds him in the second fight. Widdle Wade is only made from his genetics and lacks both his healing factor and bodily scars. At the same time, he has inherited his bloodlust, but forgives Deadpool for it before dying.
First appearance: Deadpool v.3 #14Created by: Joe Kelly and Walter McDaniel
Hey, it’s that guy from the movie!
Ajax mainly only appears in one story arc, but they still did right by choosing him as the movie’s antagonist. Originally called the Attending, Francis was there for Wade’s transition into a metahuman psychopath at Weapon X. Though not the doctor who did the deed, Attending was there to make Wade’s life a living hell for no reason other than getting off on it. See, he too was a Weapon X experiment, only due to his sociopathic nature, he was deemed unfit for the superhero role and was given a different job.
Although Attending is killed when Wade escapes, he returns as a cyborg put together by Killbrew and dons the name Ajax. He seeks and destroys other Weapon X experiments before going after Deadpool. The reason why Ajax doesn’t return to vex Deadpool again and again is because he gets killed at the end of that very story. Shockingly, Deadpool does NOT want to do it, but the ghosts of his old Weapon X buddies won’t take no for an answer.
Ajax would appear occasionally in flashbacks and manic episodes. The miniseries Deadpool vs. Thanos has him resurrected, but within another issue, he’s swept off the board yet again.
First appearance: Daredevil #131Created by: Marv Wolfman and John Romita, Sr.
Bullseye is, like Taskmaster, a fellow assassin who jumps back and forth between good friend and violent rival. Bullseye finds Deadpool’s humor refreshing and has nothing but respect for him, even if he will stab him in the back if the situation calls for it.
The weird thing is that it’s their friendship that humanizes Bullseye more than anything else in comics. In Deadpool’s funeral issue, Bullseye appears in the distance, throws a playing card into the casket, and tips his hat while the unseen ghost of Deadpool sadly mimes the gesture back at him.
Too bad he’s a Daredevil property.
First appearance: Deadpool v.3 #21Created by: Joe Kelly and Walter McDaniel
As the prophecy goes, the Mithras – a cosmic entity that will act as the messiah and give the world never-ending joy – is on its way to Earth. The problem is that an alien warrior called Tiamat is out to intercept the being. Deadpool is hired to step up and stop him, which is what makes him struggle with the possibility of being an actual hero.
After all this build-up and a major setback where Deadpool gets his ass handed to him, crushing his spirit, Deadpool is able to defeat Tiamat. It’s then that he discovers that Tiamat is actually out to save the universe from the Mithras, which turns everyone into drooling, braindead zombies.
Long story short, Deadpool wears Tiamat’s armor for protection and kicks a possessed Captain America in the junk to save the universe. Tiamat wanders off, distraught and angry over having his own purpose stolen by another.
First appearance: New Mutants #98Created by: Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld
So. This is kind of awkward.
Yes, Vanessa – prostitute with a heart of gold – is considered a Deadpool rogue. She started off as a sympathetic character, like a good person living on the wrong side of the tracks. Deadpool was her abusive ex-boyfriend and she ended up partnering up with Garrison Kane for a while.
Then Deadpool became a more heroic character. Using pro wrestling logic, the writers eventually brought her back as an antagonist, depicting her as an obsessed ex-girlfriend. For a while, Deadpool lived in an apartment with villain roommates Constrictor and Titania. Later it was discovered that all this time, Titiania was just Copycat in disguise, working against Wade.
Her obsession led to her eventually hitting on Deadpool in various forms, hoping at least one of the identities might lead to something. Deadpool later admitted that he knew they were her and wanted her to get help. Then Deadpool came to realize that he still had feelings for her and they briefly got back together. Unfortunately, Vanessa was still a bit deranged and took out her jealousy on Siryn before leaving Wade.
THE MERCY SISTERS
First appearance: Deadpool v.3 #49Created by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Buddy Scalera, and Michael Lopez
It’s the early 2000s and Britney Spears just became a thing. What better way to capitalize than make a pair of twin serial killers made to look like Britney Spears while wearing Catholic schoolgirl outfits and headsets? Grace and Mary Mercy appear throughout the Palmiotti/Scalera run, being built up through scenes that show them as a couple psychopaths who secretly murdered their parents and seem to enjoy killing and maiming others.
Their killing spree leads to a high reward and that brings Deadpool into the game. His first run-in with them ends badly as the two girls crush him between two cars head-on. This screws up Deadpool’s pelvis so badly that it will take days before it can fully heal and he has to lounge around in a wheelchair. On the other hand, Mary isn’t wearing her seatbelt and getting sent through the windshield tears her to ribbons. Fittingly, Grace gives her a mercy killing later.
Mary was the brains of the operation, so Deadpool has no problem taunting and mentally torturing Grace from afar, finally baiting her to stand in a spot where he can snipe her from his home.
First appearance: Iron Fist #14Created by: Chris Claremont and John Byrne
For a time, Deadpool rejoins Weapon X because 1) he has nothing else to do and 2) Sabretooth strong-arms him. They improve on his healing factor where it’s not only stronger than ever, but it removes all the skin grossness that Wade usually contends with. Too bad the new crew is too violent and sadistic for his liking, what with them killing children and wanting to hunt down Copycat.
Deadpool leaves the team to go protect Copycat and ultimately fails. Sabretooth kills her and Deadpool is melted into goo by Weapon X. He eventually comes back, but he never gets his revenge.
In fact, they never bring it up ever again. Deadpool’s crossed paths with Sabretooth many times and the whole, “You killed my girlfriend!” incident has never, ever been alluded to. Even while Deadpool is riddling the mutant with hundreds of bullets.
First appearance: X-Force #2Created by: Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld
Kane is another situation like Copycat. He was a hero when Deadpool started out as a character and was later reintroduced as a villain for the sake of having a villain. His whole deal is that he’s a cyborg guy with rocket fist attacks, also created by Weapon X. He’s one of the bad guys hanging out with Sabretooth in that above Weapon X storyline.
The main reason I even mention him is because he was supposed to be in the movie originally, but had to be cut due to budget restrictions. Also cut were Wyre (who has zero to do with Deadpool in the comics) and Sluggo, Deadpool’s former partner who is incredibly mundane and forgettable outside of his gigantic size.
First appearance: Deadpool v.3 #65Created by: Gail Simone and UDON
Black Swan’s appearance isn’t so special, but he’s easily one of the better Deadpool rogues. He’s a dandy German mercenary with exceptional killing skills as well as telepathic abilities. Deadpool unknowingly takes credit for Swan’s magnum opus assassin hit and becomes a huge name in the merc circles. Bigger than before, at least. Swan uses his telepathy to slowly erode Deadpool’s brain.
At the end of his first ongoing series, Deadpool goes after Black Swan and a massive explosion goes off, engulfing Deadpool, Black Swan, and Swan’s dying henchman Nijo. The result is Nijo losing his memory, but having the powers and personality of Deadpool as well as trace telepathic abilities. Deadpool has the mind of an invalid and Black Swan has inherited Nijo’s honor, driving him to make things right.
Swan does eventually fix Deadpool’s brain, but while doing so, he amplifies his own powers. Deadpool and Nijo (renamed Alex Hayden or Agent X) defeat him and have him stuffed so that he can’t regenerate.
Black Swan does come back anyway in a Daniel Way story, though there’s zero explanation.
First appearance: Hit-Monkey #1Created by: Daniel Way and Dalibor Talijic
Eh…might as well include this guy. Hit-Monkey is another Daniel Way creation and would pop into Deadpool’s series now and again as a way to increase his profile. Hit-Monkey is essentially the Punisher if he was a monkey in a suit…and is haunted by the ghost of a human hitman…who is a figment of his imagination.
Hit-Monkey hates all mafia types, especially killers, and has targeted Deadpool from time to time. Now he works for the government and kills monsters with a robotic Dum Dum Dugan.
First appearance: Deadpool v.4 #22Created by: Daniel Way and Tan Eng Huat
White Lightnin’ is like Deathtrap, a one-off villain where the creator was like, “Eh…that was kind of dumb.”
White Lightnin’ is a large redneck of limited intelligence who can control electricity. Since he can’t create electricity, he simply covers himself with a handful of car batteries and duct tape. He acts as an enforcer to the local corrupt police and is taken down by Deadpool’s intervention.
First appearance: Deadpool v.4 #32Created by: Daniel Way and Sheldon Vella
Macho Gomez is an alien bounty hunter tricked into going after Deadpool. While considered to be the best merc in the galaxy, he underestimates Deadpool’s competence and gets taken down by him and sent back into space. Later, he puts together a Deadpool revenge squad – mostly made of Deadpool’s loved ones – for the sake of killing Deadpool. Naturally, Deadpool recovers.
Macho has yet to cross paths with Deadpool again, though he has teamed up with Rocket Raccoon elsewhere. The two have admitted that Deadpool is way craftier than he looks.
DR. ELLA WHITBY
First appearance: Deadpool v.4 #40Created by: Daniel Way and Carlo Barberi
Dr. Whitby is supposed to be a twist on Harley Quinn. At least, I think it’s intentional.
With Deadpool locked up in a psychiatric ward, Dr. Whitby tries to get in his head, but it becomes apparent that she’s really, really into him and there’s something really, really wrong with her. For instance, it turns out that she keeps dismembered pieces of Deadpool in her refrigerator. Deadpool rejects her and she goes even further off the deep end to the point that she ends up killing herself.
Whitby’s a really weird case because the story goes out of the way to talk about how ugly she is and…she really isn’t? Like, the artist never makes her look anything worse than “not comic book model hot” outside of when she gets her face burned off. There’s something kind of icky about it.
Then again, look at his unmasked Wade. He looks like a regular, bald man who got cold soup poured on his head. I guess Barberi just can’t draw ugly people.
First appearance: Deadpool v.4 #45Created by: Daniel Way and Salva Espin
You know those pieces of Deadpool I mentioned a second ago? Deadpool threw them into a dumpster and they ended up regenerating into a new, patchwork being called Evil Deadpool, the Merc without a Conscience. Driven by the nihilistic feeling that people will only remember Wade for the bad things he’s done, he dedicates himself to destroying any goodwill Deadpool’s earned.
He’s taken down in the end by a dart that undoes his healing factor and allows him to die. Regular Deadpool ends up getting his hands on that formula so he himself is able to die. At the end of the Way run, Evil Deadpool appears in the final scene, very anti-climactically, and shows that the serum is only temporary.
Since then, Evil Deadpool’s only shown up in Deadpool Kills Deadpool, which is about a multiversal battle between the good Deadpools and evil Deadpools. Evil Deadpool survives because…I don’t know, somebody thinks this shitty excuse for a character needs to be used again.
AGENT ALLISON KEMP
First appearance: Deadpool v.4 #48Created by: Daniel Way and Salva Espin
Allison Kemp is an Interpol agent with a hate-on for Deadpool due to how one of his adventures put her in a wheelchair. She was undercover and a Deadpool hit led to her being caught in an explosion that’s rendered her tetraplegic. Though she’s failed to catch Deadpool as a member of Interpol, she’s embezzled billions with an attempt to fund her own off-the-books revenge scheme.
While unable to move, she does have a keen mind that’s able to predict Deadpool’s actions. She puts together a team of Slayback and T-Ray, although they fail to complete the job. Although she’s prepared to blow herself up along with a powerless Deadpool, he rants at her about how being a cop is about accepting the possibility of dying and he shouldn’t have to take the blame for not knowing she was undercover. Kemp begins to cry and realizes her actions are worthless, not because of Deadpool’s reasoning, but because Evil Deadpool has returned, indicating that Deadpool’s healing factor will return in time and she’ll never rid the world of him.
First appearance: Deadpool v.5 #7Created by: Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, and Scott Koblish
Vetis is a scheming demon who intends to one day overthrow Mephisto. Years ago, back during Tony Stark’s drunken days, Vetis hired Deadpool to make sure Iron Man stayed drunk. Deadpool betrayed Vetis and helped Stark sober up, but before Vetis could do anything about it, Mephisto appeared and dragged him back to Hell.
Vetis returns in the present and blackmails Deadpool into killing those who had sold their souls to Vetis for power. By collecting all at once, he’ll have the might to challenge Mephisto. Deadpool fails to stop Vetis one-on-one, but through a scheme, Deadpool’s necromancer friend Michael is able to team up with Mephisto and stop Vetis once again.
Vetis has yet to appear again, but Deadpool takes the threat of his potential return extremely seriously.
THE WHITE MAN
First appearance: Deadpool v.5 #13Created by: Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, and Scott Koblish
In a “lost comic” from the ’70s (several years ago in comic book time), Deadpool forced himself into a team-up with Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Their target was the White Man, an albino pimp whose name came with a million easy jokes. He was armed with a magic pimp cane that could turn its victims to stone. The three were able to defeat the White Man and his crew in an adventure notable for Deadpool briefly shacking up with a woman named Carmelita and conceiving a child. As for the White Man, his cane was used against him, turning him into a statue.
Years pass and he’s freed from his imprisonment. He takes hostages in hopes of getting revenge, but the three heroes don’t even remember him. In the end, he’s not so much defeated by the Heroes for Hire or Deadpool, but Iron Fist’s young martial arts students, who kick him in the junk, turn him into stone again, and then knock him off a boat.
The White Man is freed eventually…1,000 years later. He’s thrown into an alien museum.
BARTOL UTLER (BUTLER)
First appearance: Deadpool v.5 #14Created by: Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, and Scott Koblish
Butler is like the antithesis of Dr. Killbrew. While Killbrew started out doing horrible things and ended up trying to redeem his actions, Butler’s intentions seemed to begin altruistic, only to become increasingly sinister over time.
Affiliated with Weapon X and Department H, Butler’s sister was dying from some kind of disease and he figured Deadpool could help him find a way to cure her. He had Deadpool show up regularly, harvested some organs, let him heal, and sent him on his way. As Deadpool would later state, if that’s all it was about, he would have gladly kept it going. Too bad Butler was trying to use his findings for darker purposes.
Deadpool eventually caught on and left him, but Butler chose to capture him regularly and induce comas where fake memories were implanted, thereby explaining Deadpool’s screwy backstories that don’t match up. All the while, he’d experiment on Deadpool and cut out more organs. He’s also kidnapped Carmelita and her daughter Ellie in case Deadpool was to go after him. Since then, he’s teamed up with the Korean government to graft X-Men powers onto prisoners using Deadpool’s DNA as a means.
Deadpool eventually tracks down and kills Butler thanks to the help from Butler’s long-suffering sister. Even though Butler is dead, the horrors of his deeds are still being unearthed. For instance, in order to test out his mind-wiping technology, he once had Deadpool unknowingly kill his own parents. Deadpool still hasn’t found out about that yet and the truth will likely destroy him.
First appearance: Tomb of Dracula #1Created by: Gerry Conway and Gene Colan
Dracula has always been a part of the Marvel Universe, but these days, the vampire lord’s most hated foe is none other than Deadpool. The hatred comes from a simple mission based on sending Deadpool to go pick up Dracula’s slumbering succubus bride-to-be Shiklah. The two would be wed as a royal thing to bring peace to the monster kingdom.
Two things happen to muck that up. First, Dracula realizes that he doesn’t actually need to marry Shiklah after all and has her siblings slaughtered. Second, Deadpool and Shiklah fall for each other and even get married before facing him. As it works out, Deadpool’s tainted blood is like kryptonite to Dracula and slows down the vampire’s own healing factor. He escapes, swearing to get his revenge.
So far he’s tried using a Spider-Slayer and it hasn’t worked out for him, though seeing Deadpool without his mask has made him question whether it’s a better idea to just let him live like that.
First appearance: Deadpool: The Gauntlet #3Created by: Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, and Reilly Brown
This one’s more of a placeholder as she isn’t really his enemy at the moment, but she probably will be soon. The succubus queen is the love of Wade’s life these days, but she has made it clear that she wants her monster underlings to join her in taking over the world.
A fast-forward into the year 2099 shows that she and Deadpool are destined to have a daughter together. At some point, Deadpool’s other daughter Ellie will die and it will explode into a war of Deadpool and SHIELD against Shiklah’s kingdom.
First appearance: Captain America #307Created by: Paul Neary and Mark Gruenwald
Madcap is Marvel’s proto-Deadpool. A Captain America villain who’s insane, chaotic, unkillable, amoral, hideous, and silly. Unlike Deadpool, he doesn’t feel physical pain at all and heals far quicker to the point of it being instantaneous. The two do meet up in the 90s during a near-forgotten Heroes for Hire storyline.
During Daniel Way’s lengthy Deadpool run, Deadpool has two voices in his head, constantly talking to him. After the fact, it’s revealed that the white narration box is really the voice of Madcap, who had been mentally and physically merged with Deadpool thanks to Thor burning the two of them into a pile of ash by accident.
Madcap’s since been separated, but the separation anxiety has made him jealous and aggravated. He misses being part of Deadpool and forces himself into the Mercs for Money team just to be around him. It’s later revealed that he has a hate-on for everyone and everything that’s become part of Deadpool’s life since their separation, such as Ellie, Shiklah, and Agent Preston.
Although he’s disposed of for the moment, Madcap continues to haunt Deadpool. Worst of all, he knows all about Deadpool killing his own parents and is waiting for the right time to tell him and crush his spirit.
First Appearance: Cable & Deadpool: Split Second #1Created by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown
Funny thing about Fabian Nicieza’s run on Cable/Deadpool is that it goes for 50 issues and he doesn’t really create anything new. He tosses in a bunch of names from each character’s history and builds on that. Otherwise, the most he adds to the story is some blue-skinned guy who starts a cult based on turning everyone blue.
Then Nicieza does a digital series called Split Second and finally creates a new bad guy. The series is completely incomprehensible due to it being Nicieza (he openly admits it too) and because of so much time travel. The gist of it is that there’s a scientist named Dr. Carl Weathers (yes, really) and he’s working on a special harness that will allow time travel. There’s an incident where his son Darius is killed. A man from the future labeled “Split Second” by Deadpool arrives and accidentally causes Darius’ death while fighting with Cable and Deadpool.
It’s heavily hinted that Split Second is an older Carl Weathers, but the big reveal is that he’s Daryll Weathers, Carl’s other son. Daryll is blamed for Darius’ death and he grows up perfecting the time-travel tech in order to go back and prevent it…which in turn causes it via time loop. Deadpool fixes everything, including the gnarly stuff going on in Cable’s backstory.
Yes, that’s the “gist” version. Sheesh.
EXTRA ENTRY: DAKEN
First appearance: Wolverine Origins #10Created by: Daniel Way and Steve Dillon
Daken is Wolverine’s evil, long-lost son with terrible hair and pheromones that make him kind of date-rapey. He’s had his share of run-ins with Deadpool, mainly because of Wolverine being involved. All in all, nothing especially notable or memorable on its own merits.
That said, while he doesn’t exactly rate as a Deadpool villain, I mention him because Daken would make for a fitting movie antagonist in one of the movie sequels. We’re about to hit the post-Jackman era of X-Men movies, so if you aren’t going to have Wolverine show up in a Deadpool movie, you might as well have his son. Beyond that, Deadpool and Daken make great foils for each other as second-generation Logans. As anti-heroes, they both ride the line between good and evil close enough, but Daken’s just as far on the evil side as Deadpool is on the good side.
Just as long as we don’t have Wade and Cable fight Stryfe. We deserve better than that.
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