His popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, and that being so, many of the people singing his praises are for a lack of better word, band-wagon fans. Not that there is anything wrong with that. If popularity hadn’t shot up, the movie featuring Ryan Reynolds as the regenerative assassin wouldn’t have happened. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to love Deadpool, but one should definitely have the basics down first. What comes next is just a brief introduction to who is Deadpool, but a good start.
Deadpool was picked up in his early years by a number of comic book writers who made it very difficult for their to be a legitimate telling of his origin story. The most widely accepted canon for Deadpool comes from Joe Kelly who rewrote Deadpool away from his villainous roots and into more of a morally ambiguous stance. Amazingly enough, one of the main reasons we’ve got such an off the wall and unique character in Deadpool was that of its original audience and publishing. Apparently few were reading the early Deadpool comics and Kelly was being told that it would be canceled on a regular basis. This allowed Kelly the opportunity to get very creative in developing Deadpool as equal parts comic book and comedy.
Wade Wilson was just a regular old assassin before becoming Deadpool. After getting cancer, Wade joined the Weapons X Program(Yes, the same program that Wolverine was a part of) where he was infused with the same healing factor as Wolverine. The only difference is that Deadpool has quite a bit of control over his healing, allowing him to heal at will or focus it on certain parts of his body. Not only does this allow him to be physically healed, but his mind is always healing which keeps him from being affected by psychic powers. These are neat, but what really gets him to stand out from the other characters is his no-care attitude and his comedic nature which more often than not breaks the fourth wall and will even mock the Marvel Universe.