Although Deadpool is normally depicted as a mentally unstable yet personable antihero, his true motivation for killing reveals a much darker side of him that might make him Marvel’s bleakest protagonist yet.
Wade Wilson’s lucrative career as a mercenary means he’s no stranger to death, but never before has he treated a human life as disposable like he does in Cable and Deadpool #13, written by Fabian Nicieza with art by Patrick Zircher. In the issue, Wade Wilson is living in Providence, a utopian society created by Cable aboard his former spaceship. In Providence, Deadpool is tasked with investigating the murder of Haji Bin Barat, a terrorist whom Cable was attempting to reason with. However, at the end of the issue, it’s revealed that Wade is the one who killed Haji Bin Barat. Deadpool’s healing factor apparently interfered with his brain, changing his memory of the incident and making him forget the murder he committed.
In the next issue, Cable and Deadpool #14, Cable tracks Deadpool down and interrogates him on why he committed the murder. Initially, Wade claims he doesn’t know why he did it, which leads Cable to kick him out of Providence. Cable himself is already leaving Providence for a mission, but he can’t have Deadpool, a volatile known murderer, running around unsupervised in paradise. Slightly later in the issue, readers see that while Wade doesn’t know for certain why he killed Barat, he has a pretty clear guess: “Because I felt like it.” just felt like killing someone, so he went and found the most justifiable person on the island to do it to.
This line of thinking is on a truly different plane of messed-up. Wade isn’t the only antihero (or hero, for that matter) to kill, by a long shot. Other characters kill, but they have concrete reasons for doing so. Punisher feels he’s enacting a cause, and even Venom kills either while trying to do good or while on a quest to eat someone’s brains. Wade recognizes his problem, and his next step is attempting to find help so he doesn’t have to feel this compulsion anymore, but the fact that he follows through on this fleeting impulse to kill shows just how scrambled his brain is and how deep his damage runs.
Wade Wilson's realization that he has a problem in the first place is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, he can’t bring back the life he took, and his terrifyingly simple motivation behind the act of murder proves that Deadpool might just be Marvel’s bleakest antihero.
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