The Deadpool movie is close to a month away from being released around the world and, quite frankly, we can't wait. Ryan Reynolds is set to take on the role he was born to play - forget the fact that he has already portrayed a poorer version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - and it's going to be great.
Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is an awesome character. In the Marvel comic books in which he stars, he's a witty, charismatic, kind of insane mercenary who never shuts up and, interestingly, he can "break the fourth wall" and talk to the reader (as he's actually aware that he's a character in a comic book story).
With that in mind, now seems like a great time to delve deeper into the facts about the character. Although he's well-known and popular, there are a number of things that the average person won't know about the character - and that's what this article is going to be about.
Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Deadpool:
10 He's A Massive Pop Culture Geek
Deadpool might be a hardened mercenary with the skills to kill almost any given target he is given, but he's also an absolutely massive geek when it comes to all things pop culture - and that's definitely evident by the fact that he has referenced all kinds of different forms of geek media throughout his history.
For example (as you can see from the picture above), he made reference to the famous Leeroy Jenkins incident from World of Warcraft and has even referenced DC Comics' character Batman (although the latter was censored with the word "nope," given that DC are Marvel's biggest rivals!)
9 He Somewhat Idolizes Spider-Man
Deadpool pretty much idolizes Marvel's flagship superhero Spider-Man. While the Merc with a Mouth does often seem quite high on himself, the fact is he does have the ability to admire others and he really loves the hero who is also known as Peter Parker.
He's even dressed like the Webbed Wonder before and really wants to make him his best friend. In fact, over the years, the pair have actually developed an unlikely friendship that is, obviously, full of witty one-liners and funniness. It's now at the point where some fans have even come up with a "Brangelina-esque" term to describe their relationship - "Spideypool."
8 He Loves Children And Animals
For all his bravado and physical toughness, Deadpool has actually proven to be something of a big softie - particularly when it comes to certain types of individuals. Specifically, he has a huge soft spot for children, cuddly animals and anyone who happens to be genuinely in need.
A great example would be his affection towards the reincarnated child version of Apocalypse. Deadpool had a troubled childhood himself (we'll get to that shortly) and that might be why he relates to those in need. There's a lot more to him than you may think - and certainly a lot more than he appears to be on the surface.
7 He Has His Own Corps
In 2010, a crazy twelve-issue series called Deadpool Corps was published by Marvel, in which the standard 616 version of Deadpool was joined by several alternate versions of himself from different universes to create a super-group who would go around the galaxy causing carnage.
The likes of Lady Deadpool and Headpool returned from previous comic books and were joined by newcomers Kidpool, a child version of Deadpool who attended Professor X's school, Dogpool, a dog with the same regenerative healing factor as Deadpool, and the powerful Championpool. It was utter nonsense but a lot of fun, as you would expect.
6 He's Omnisexual
Deadpool's sexuality has always been somewhat questionable - he's incredibly weird in general, after all - but he has officially been confirmed by writers Gerry Dugan and Fabian Nicieza (via Twitter in a Q&A session in 2013) to be omnisexual.
"Deadpool is whatever sexual inclination his brain tells him he is in THAT moment. And then the moment passes. Not trying to be dismissive, but readers always want to 'make a character their own' and often that is to the exclusion of what the character might mean to other fans. I've been dogged with the DP sexuality questions for YEARS. It is a bit tiring. He is NO sex and ALL sexes. He is yours and everyone else's. So not dismissive, but rather the epitome of inclusive."
5 He Was Introduced As A Villain
When Deadpool was first introduced back in 1991's The New Mutants #98, he was actually introduced as a villain - he was absolutely never meant to become the character who fights for the forces of good that we know and love today.
He was a fairly run-of-the-mill bad guy who had been hired to kill Cable - a character he would go on to form a heroic partnership with - but his personality was just too likeable and writers moved him forward as an anti-hero and sometimes outright hero. His subsequent appearances in the X-Force comics cemented that and took the character to where he is now.
4 His Parents Were Abusive
When you see Deadpool's bright personality, it's easy to think he's had it easy all of his life. Don't get us wrong, he has cancer - everybody knows that - but his healing factor now keeps that at bay. However, he actually had a really awful upbringing - his mother died of cancer and his father was a strict military man who treated him terribly.
Prior to her death, his mother was an abusive alcoholic and even though his father was a decorated soldier, he never gave Deadpool a chance. Deadpool actually ended up murdering him whilst mind-controlled.
It should also be noted that, while it was a lie, Loki actually claimed to be Deadpool's father at one point.
3 His Incessant Chatting Even Managed To Annoy Galactus
The enormous Galactus is one of the most powerful beings in the entire Marvel universe. He's a universal, cosmic force of nature who requires constant sustenance - sustenance that he finds by consuming entire planets for lunch, hence some of his aliases including "the devourer of worlds," "the monster of all worlds" and "the hunger that does not cease."
Most mere mortals are so unimportant and insignificant to him that they don't even register on his radar. However, Deadpool can be so annoying that he has even caused the planet-eater himself to get angry enough to tell him to shut up - that's some seriously impressive annoyance skills right there!
2 He Has Been Lady Death's Love Interest
Deadpool's love life has been extremely varied and complex throughout his existence, but nothing has been quite as weird as his relationship with Marvel's embodiment of the concept of death - Lady Death herself.
The abstract being has something of an obsession for the Merc with a Mouth - a fact that has made him a target of a very jealous Thanos - and the two have even embarked on a relationship. Thanos actually cursed Deadpool with eternal life - he literally couldn't die - as punishment for taking the "woman" he loves. That might just be the most bizarre love triangle in the history of fiction.
1 He Killed Mario Lopez
With the Deadpool movie coming out next month, it seems only fitting to finish the list off with this particular entry (which is, of course, nothing more than a bit of a laugh). Last April Fool's Day, a mock interview between Mario Lopez and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds was conducted in which Reynolds described Deadpool's character and went on to say the movie would be rated PG-13.
This outraged fans - who require swearing and gore from anything involving Deadpool - but it was soon revealed to be an April Fool's prank (we should have guessed!). As Lopez was expressing his approval of the "PG-13" rating, Deadpool appeared behind him and annihilated him, before the clip announced that "Deadpool will, of course, be rated R."
We hope you all enjoy the movie!