Let’s get this straight out of the way – Despite what the title says, I fucking love Deadpool, he is without a doubt, one of my top favourite comic book characters of all time.
Deadpool the original comic book series is set around Wade Wilson, a comical anti-hero and mercenary on his adventures through time, space, and the never ending quest to pay the rent in the Marvel universe. One of the most unique things about the character is his “comic-sense” the ability to break the fourth wall and interact with the audience through pop culture references and references to other major events through the comic book world. He's one of the few Marvel characters actually aware that they are in a comic.
Deadpool's popularity has soared in recent years with his inclusion in more mainstream media such as the Marvel vs. Capcom fighting game series, a semi large role in the Hulk Vs Wolverine mini movie, and being played by Ryan Reynolds in the Wolverine origins movie. Granted the way they treated him was horrible but that’s a rant for another day.
The point is, people are finally getting to see Deadpool more and more, but only one side of him. The main point of the character is that the mask he wears and his zany attitude and style are not just a result of being kooky for the sake of it, it’s how he deals with life in the best way he can, spending a lifetime in wars, constant battle and betrayals, being experimented on by the Weapon Plus Program (The same one that created Wolverine) . Deadpool's backstory has him stricken with aggressive terminal cancer, he was implanted with a copy of Wolverine's healing factor, saving his life and making him almost immortal, but supercharging his cancer and leaving him disfigured, his own brain constantly dying and being replaced with new cells leaving him for lack of a better word, pretty fucked in the head.
Deadpool the original comic book series is set around Wade Wilson, a comical anti-hero and mercenary on his adventures through time, space, and the never ending quest to pay the rent in the Marvel universe.
Beyond this all, Deadpool still serves as the perfect anti hero, drawn to do bad things because it’s all he knows how to do, but wanting to be good, with aspirations of joining the X-men, and fighting the good fight.
This year, after his appearance through Marvel vs Capcom 3, Marvel finally decided to give Deadpool his own game, announced at Comic-Con 2012 through some obnoxious guy in an ill-fitting Deadpool costume coming out and badly berating the team that was developing the game, in a failed attempt to pander to the audience through bad jokes and feigned badassery that would make Rob Schnieder seem like Liam Neeson in Taken.
In case you couldn’t tell, personally I’m not a fan of how this game is shaping up to be. His recent appearances have been bit parts, not allowing for time or effort to show the other side of the character for whatever reason they chose to, only his fourth wall breaking and bad jokes, and now this is all the public knows of him. Will the game show the other side of Deadpool? Not fucking likely. Oh wait? One of the main writers for the comic series is on board for the game? Big fucking deal, at the end of the day, this guy is going to write what he is told to write.
Why? Not to maintain the character, not to make sure the fans are pleased, but to get paid. The guy who signs the cheques says that an antihero story is too much for the people who have never read one of the comics? Screw it; drop something in there about Britney Spears shaving her head, that’s what all the kids are talking about now right?
Looking at the footage from the trailer I’ll bet pennies to pounds that this is going to be a bog standard linear third person action game with shooting and hack and slash elements, with a sprinkling of pop culture references. Honestly, if you want to play the game before it comes out, go play Lollipop Chainsaw and Shadows of the Damned, I guarantee you it will be the same thing you’re waiting to play.
Will the game show the other side of Deadpool? Not fucking likely. Oh wait? One of the main writers for the comic series is on board for the game? Big fucking deal
Some may say that I am being a little too pessimistic in this sense, that maybe the writer on board for the game will fight to ensure that all sides of Deadpool are shown, and the audience will get to see the character for what he is, a man fighting to survive and do the right thing in a fucked up world, away from the fancy towers, the luxurious mansions, the hot redhead supermodel girlfriends and privately owned huge boarding schools that all of our other mainstream heroes get to kick back in. A man pulled from all sides, the dictionary definition of Chaotic Neutrality. If this game pulls out all the stops, it can really take a place, boosting the amazing deep character that Deadpool is to the heights of popularity that it really deserves.
But it’s not fucking likely.
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