Get the low-down on Deadpool!

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As we eagerly await the first screenings of Deadpool, let’s get beneath some of the unexpected layers of this chimichanga-eating mercenary who has won the hearts of millions.

This cult Marvel hero; a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

The complexity of this anti-hero means almost anyone can connect with him on some level, even if he’s a little rough around the edges. Many fans like the character for his sharp mouth and his habit of breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience, but there is much more to the costumed crimefighter also known as Wade Wilson.

Even though he is a newer character (only dating back to 1991), Deadpool has made his way into the hearts of millions and, with the Ryan Reynolds-starring movie on the way, is shaping up to be a comic book character that will remain in our psyche for decades to come.

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