Even in Deadpool’s relatively short history in which he was initially created as a parody of DC’s Deathstroke in New Mutants #98, he has quickly turned into a cult character, making it onto all of those best comic book characters lists one finds floating around the Internet. And, no, it’s not because the media tells us he is so awesome. Although, 20th Century Fox did go to great lengths to launch a very unique promotional campaign that had not been done before (including a Tinder account for Deadpool), in an effort to ensure the film would be a big hit. In fact, before any of this promotion, the studio had been against making a Deadpool movie. Ryan Reynolds had been trying to get Deadpool made for 11 entire years!
Comic book fans would agree that there are many things to love about Deadpool. He’s an anti-hero with a heart of gold who can never seem to win at life. He’s probably one of the most relatable superheroes out there, with his love of the occasional, less than super food. Who doesn’t love a good chimichanga? Humans could really take a cue from Deadpool, who learns to triumph over all of his setbacks. Here’s why he was awesome long before Fox began all the recent promotion:
10 Deadpool is Canadian
9 Deadpool is a Pop Culture King
8 Deadpool Doesn't Take Himself Too Seriously
7 Deadpool Has A Great Sense of Humor
6 Deadpool's Interesting
5 Deadpool is Pansexual
4 Deadpool is Relatable
3 Deadpool Carves his own Path
2 Deadpool's Meta
1 Deadpool Triumphs Over his Setbacks
Deadpool has had a lot of setbacks. For one, Deadpool’s regenerative healing power ultimately made all of his cancerous tumors grow at an alarming rate, leaving him disfigured and rather gruesome to look at (that is why he always wears his red costume). Not only that, and perhaps even worse, is the fact that his healing powers disrupt his brain cells, making his mental instabilities even more apparent. Despite all of these setbacks, Deadpool doesn’t let any of it defeat him. He preserves through it all, even if it doesn’t always go as planned. In a sense, Deadpool is a “hero” to us all.
Sources: buzzfeed.com, marvel.com, quora.com, skynews.com, independent.co.uk
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