In a superhero film, there are heroes and there are villains. Then somewhere along that scope we have Wade Wilson a.k.a Deadpool – the anti hero.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” tells the origin story of Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
A newly released infographic by 20th Century Fox cleverly separates the heroes from the douchebags. Staying true to its vulgar charm, Deadpool’s friends gets a thumbs up while his rivals receives a much deserved thumbs down. Our anti-hero positions himself comfortably in the middle of the Venn diagram with a pair of breasts separating the heroes and villains.
On the heroes side of the chart, we’ve got Weasel (T.J. Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin). While the villains consist of The Recruiter (Jed Rees), Ajax (Ed Skrein), and Angel Dust (Gina Carano).
1. Wade Wilson a.k.a Deadpool
Two things happened when Wade Wilson became a part of Weapon-X’s experiment – the same program that gave Wolverine his ability.
The scientist at Weapon-X assumed treatments for Wilson had gone wrong when his skin became disfigured. They even took bets on how long his experiment treatments will last, hence the name Deadpool.
What they failed to realise was, Wilson could self-heal at a rapid speed, making him almost invincible. This is probably what caused him to be reckless, and to a certain degree, psychotic to some. But it is his infamous sarcastic humour that have kept negative opinions at bay.
2. Vanessa Carlysle a.k.a Copycat
Meet Deadpool’s love interest Vanessa.
According to Tech Insider, “Wade and Vanessa will begin the film as humans and both gain their abilities later”. In her origin story, Vanessa met and fell in love with Deadpool while working as a prostitute in Boston, but Deadpool broke up with her after learning that he had cancer. She then became a mercenary herself.
As Copycat, she has the ability to copy the appearance of another mutant and their superpowers. Just like her comic counterpart, fans can expect to see Copycat with silver hair.
3. Ellie Phimister a.k.a the Negasonic Teenage Warhead
In the X-Men comics, the young trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead was given her name by Emma Frost – her mentor who is also a telepath and pre-cog.
Having the power to see into the future through her visions and dreams, Ellie has a depressed and angst personality due to the fact that her premonitions are often limited to disasters and deaths.
Some online fans claim that her shaved head complies with the tradition that believes that hair on the head will interfere with her thoughts, IBT reports.
Colossus is known for his ability to coat his bare skin in the form of pure steel and withstanding both extreme heat and extreme cold. However, Colossus actor Stefan Kapicic confirmed that he will remain in metal form throughout the movie.
Kapicic told Entertainment Weekly that the voice work was crucial in getting the emotion out of the character. “Giving the voice and expressions to a character is giving it a soul. Colossus’ voice is not much different than mine as Tim loved my natural color and range of voice, so we kept it and worked more on the Russian accent,” he said.
Before he became one of Deadpool’s main enemies, Ajax was a former jailer working for Doctor Killebrew’s laboratory on the Weapon X experimentation. There, he was responsible for Wade Wilson’s transformation into Deadpool.
The doctor who experimented on Deadpool also transformed Ajax into a killing machine who couldn’t feel pain, in addition to increased strength, speed, and other typical superhuman attributes.
6. Angel Dust
The Angel Dust in “Deadpool” in vastly different from the comic version. In the comic series, she’s an outcast who is part of the underground mutant group known as The Morlocks.
In the live-action adaptation, actress Gina Carano shares that Ajax gives Angel Dust her powers saying, “My character trusts Ajax with everything. She pretty much only really responds to him. In our backstory, he kinda created me and showed me everything. That’s our backstory. In our relationship, he’s everything.”
So what do you think Deadpool’s heroes and villains? Will it be one of the best superheroes films this year? Guess we’ll find out soon.
“Deadpool” is slated for release in Malaysia on 11th Feb 2016.