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Deadpool History Lesson of Awesome
November 3, 2015 By Alex Eyre
“When I pitched Marvel on Deadpool I told them it was Spider-Man with katanas and machine guns”
Deadpool’s story began in 1991 when a young artist named Rob Liefeld introduced the world to the schizophrenic merc with the mouth who would change the way comics forever.
With the “cool toys” like Spidey and Wolverine as he called them, already under the care of established artists, Liefeld decided to make his own, this gave birth to Deadpool!
“I didn’t have access to Wolverine, but I backdoored my way into the Wolverine universe. Wolverine is Weapon X. That X stands for 10, correct? Okay, so Deadpool is Weapon IX,” Liefeld recalled. “I took inspiration from the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito movie Twins. In the middle of that movie, a scientist explains how they were created and he points at Arnold and says, ‘you’re the good stuff,’ and he looks at Devito and says, ‘you’re the crap,’ and that’s Wolverine and Deadpool.”
Now close to 25 years on, Deadpool is going to change the way we view comic book movies, Liefeld told “The movie is a powerhouse. It’s raw … I don’t know how you come out of the theatre as someone between the age of 18-30 without this being your favourite movie….When I read the script in 2010, my mouth was on the floor”
“Deadpool has always been carried by the fans, they’ve co-authored him for almost 25 years,” Liefeld says. “Every time I see that red and black costume on a convention floor, I’m tickled pink. There’s no cooler feeling.”
Check out the full interview at USA Today.
Deadpool is due in movie theatres in February 4th, 2016.