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Deadpool Once Had His Own Version of the Spider-Verse


Deadpool has made a number of enemies as Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth, but his worst enemy ended up literally being himself.

Since his debut in 1990’s New Mutants #98, by Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza and Joe Rosen, the chimichanga-loving mercenary has had quite the journey from villain to hero. Recent storylines have seen Deadpool marry a vampire, start his own mercenary for hire group and become the new King of Monsters.

Even though things are looking up for Wade Wilson, it may only be temporary as he tends to be his own worst enemy. This was especially true in 2013’s Deadpool Kills Deadpool (by Cullen Bunn, Salva Espin, Veronica Gandini and VC’s Joe Sabino), which is the finale to the Deadpool Killogy. On a rampage to dispatch the most beloved characters in fiction (including the heroes of the Marvel Universe), a meta-aware Deadpool sets his sights on his variants in Marvel’s multiverse in what feels like a warped version of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.


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Deadpool Kills Deadpool is the culmination to what Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic initially kicked off in 2012’s Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and the subsequent Deadpool Killustrated. The titular character is a Deadpool from another universe who falls deeper into his insanity, hearing a voice telling him to kill everyone. This hyper-aware Deadpool butchers the heroes and villains of the Marvel universe in a variety of creative ways before setting his sights on the ‘Ideaverse,’ home to beloved fictional characters like Tom Sawyer, Pinocchio and Sherlock Holmes. As he becomes aware that he and the rest of these characters are all fictional, he aims to kill them all to break the cycle of their constant suffering for the mere benefit of entertainment. Following Deadpool Killustrated he realizes he is ‘the progenitor of all things’ or basically the creator and believes if he kills all of the Deadpools in the Marvel multiverse, he will end all existence of the fictional world, ending the cycle of suffering.

Understanding his destiny, this Progenitor Deadpool amasses an army of his variants from other universes to send out into the various realities to dispatch their fellow doppelgängers. Before they can reach Deadpool Prime (Earth-616’s Deadpool), the Deadpool Corps (comprised of Lady Deadpool, Kidpool and others) warn him that they’re all being targeted. Unknown to Deadpool Prime’s ragtag group is that the Watcher has been helping both sides of the fight, leading to many casualties in the fight to save the multiverse. As a means of redemption, the Watcher sacrifices himself to reopen the nexus of realities so Deadpool Prime can travel to the Progenitor’s stronghold. As the two face off, Deadpool Prime defeats the Progenitor and gets him to realize the error of his ways… right before killing him.

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Creating his own version of Into The Spider-Verse, Bunn and company provided readers with a with a trilogy of tales focusing on Deadpool going fully embracing his insanity. Similar to Into the Spider-Verse, Deadpool Kills Deadpool offers a glimpse at the different versions of Deadpool throughout the multiverse, and includes memorable variations of the Merc With a Mouth (including Galactuspool, Deadpool the Duck, a Wolverine-infused iteration, and even one inspired by M.O.D.O.K.).

While Deadpool continues to wreak havoc in the Deadpool: Red, White & Blood series, the introduction of a colder, more unhinged version of the character as witnessed during Bunn’s run could offer further exploration into Deadpool’s twisted universe.

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