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  • Deadpool & Alpha Flight

    Talk about an unlikely pairing... or is it?

    After reading the 250th issue of Deadpool and seeing his interaction with Alpha Flight it got me thinking just how big a role Alpha Flight played in his development.

    This may surprise some people but the connection between Alpha Flight and Deadpool runs deep.

    Wade wasn't always the man we know as "Deadpool."

    He was a once normal soldier with no abilities who was dying from cancer. In a flashback scene from the Deadpool & Death '98 Annual it shows Wade was actually inspired by Vindicator (James MacDonald Hudson) to join the Weapon K program which ultimately turned him into Deadpool after he was severely tortured and experimented on, curing his cancer in the process.

    After gaining healing powers he continued to be a mercenary for hire. During one mission in Deadpool #34 (Vol.4), Wade was sent to kill his parents. Alpha Flight thwarted him, but he eventually succeeded when the team weren't around.

    For years after this Deadpool acted as a villain, which is where he entered the Marvel Universe in the classic New Mutants #98, and was always selfish until one day... the day he met Sasquatch in Deadpool #1 (Vol.1). Deadpool even knew Sasquatch’s real name indicating that they may have met, off panel and so far untold, after their encounter in (Vol.4) Deadpool #34.

    Later on in the series, Deadpool #25 (vol.1) to be exact, it specifically mentions the encounter with Walter turned him into a hero.

    In Deadpool #61 (Vol.1) Wade was believed to have been killed. He wasn’t as well known in the Marvel Universe as he is today nor did he really have many friends. However, Walter attended his funeral and even Wade’s “ghost” sat beside him during the ceremony.

    Over the years Deadpool and Alpha Flight must have become closer as they were invited to his wedding and Puck even attended his bachelor party in Deadpool #27 (Vol.4)

    In Deadpool #250, Deadpool insults Alpha Flight tapping into the breaking of the fourth wall that he's famously known for and echoing many long-running comments at Alpha Flight's expense.
    However, it is in a roast setting and he's Canadian so I'll let it slide... It was also kind of funny too, and the team didn't get named as C-listers like other teams following the insult.

    In true Marvel fashion, the roast was erased from time using the Infinity Gauntlet though, so Alpha Flight aren't actually aware of the jibe.

    However, he seems to still like them as he did recently try to join acting as the new "Wolverine" in Wolverines #13... but of course he was turned down.

    Do you think he has a resentment towards Alpha Flight or a level of respect?
    Would you like to see the Merc With The Mouth as a member of Alpha Flight?


    Comments 6 Comments
    1. rplass's Avatar
      rplass -
      Nice article. A previous thread noted something else, an unexplained backstory: http://www.alphaflight.net/showthrea...ht=deadpoolica
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      Yeah, I remember that.
      Unfortunately it's not canon because it was just a plan.
      I imagined something akin to Walt's work on Kyle, and that maybe he was involved in the chop-shop that created DP, under Killebrew.
    1. Alphan East's Avatar
      Alphan East -
      Please forgive me if I'm adding these to the wrong thread... I just had to share.
      I personally cannot wait for the Deadpool movie... the only thing that would make it better is if Alpha Flight were somehow mentioned in it... but that may be asking for too much.

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    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      Hope it lives up to your expectations!

      If Department H can be mentioned on S.H.I.E.L.D., why not?
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      I'm slightly torn as if they are mentioned in Deadpool (or Wolverine 3, or X-Force) that means they belong to a Fox and we won't get them in the MCU, and if rumours are believed minimal appearances in comics...
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      I don't think those rumours should be believed, if that helps.
      It depends on what sort of mention, too. Easter-eggy mention? Or appearance somewhere?
      Technically, they've kind of appeared in Wolverine... At least, Heather and Travis Hudson did (here played by Ma and Pa Kent).