Ever since the release of Ryan Reynolds' 2016 hit Deadpool, Wade Wilson has been one of the world's most popular superheroes. The Merc with a Mouth is beloved by comic book fans and moviegoers alike for his hilarious sense of humor, his "fourth wall"-breaking pop culture references, his totally relatable love for tacos and his atypical willingness to get his hands a little bloody in the quest for justice.
Between Deadpool's appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, his two solo films and the countless different storylines he's been a part of in the Marvel comics, it's hard to believe that there's anything fans don't know about the regenerating degenerate. However, many significant details about Wade's powers, limitations and history are actually only known to a select few of the Merc with a Mouth's most obsessed supporters. Here are 20 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Deadpool's Anatomy.
20 WADE'S HEALING ABILITY WAS GIVEN TO HIM
Many Deadpool fans seem to think that Wade Wilson was born with a mutant healing factor, but that's not quite the case. His powerful regeneration ability was actually given to him by Weapon X, and originated from a very familiar source.
Weapon X created a serum derived from the iconic X-Men hero Wolverine's genetic material, and when it combined with Wade's DNA, it led to the creation of an unstable—yet exceptionally powerful—new healing ability that actually surpasses Wolverine's.
19 HE STILL SUFFERS FROM CANCER
Deadpool can heal from just about anything. He can lose any of his limbs and grow them back in a matter of hours, bullets basically have no lasting effect on him, and he doesn't have to worry about stuff like intoxication or the common cold. Unfortunately, however, his regeneration power doesn't extend to the cancer he suffered from before he was implanted with it.
He doesn't typically show it or speak about it, but Wade suffers from the symptoms of his disease every day... his powers just keep the cancer from ever being fatal.
18 HE'S ABLE TO GROW A NEW HEART
Ever since Deadpool was first introduced in 1991's The New Mutants #98, heroes and villains alike have wondered if it's possible to put the dangerous mercenary down for good. One popular theory is that Wade will perish if someone removes and destroys his heart, but that's simply not true.
Wade can grow a new heart as easily as he can grow back any other missing body part, as he demonstrated during Ajak's experiments on him shortly after he was gifted a healing factor.
17 DEADPOOL IS ALSO ABLE TO REGROW HIS HEAD
Another popular (and highly inaccurate) fan theory is that Deadpool can be eliminated by cutting off his head and keeping it separate from the rest of his body.
When Susan Storm tried taking out the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by making a force field inside of his head and expanding it until Wade's noggin exploded, it only stopped him for a matter of seconds.
16 HIS SPARE PARTS CAN BE COMBINED TO MAKE A NEW DEADPOOL
When enemies chop off bits and pieces of Deadpool's body, he simply regrows the missing parts and moves on with his life. But that doesn't mean the removed fragments are useless... they can actually be pieced together to create a whole new Deadpool!
Ella Whitby, a British psychiatrist obsessed with Deadpool, sought out pieces of the hero and kept them in a freezer until she was able to merge them together. Her monstrous creation was unsurprisingly evil, and became one of Wade's greatest rivals.
15 HE BARELY AGES
In the recent Spider-Man/Deadpool comic line, fans got a glimpse at a future timeline in which Wade and Spidey live at the same retirement home and fight crime together as an unlikely pair of incredibly old superheroes. It was a funny story, but it didn't quite line up with several other looks into Deadpool's future.
Deadpool isn't meant to age as quickly as Peter Parker. When X-Force time-traveled 800 years into the future in the X-Force/Cable: Messiah War one-shot, Wade was still alive and active enough to become the self-proclaimed "emperor" of North America.
14 HE'S NOT ACTUALLY SCHIZOPHRENIC
Wade spent years in the comics talking to himself, so many fans wrongly believed he was schizophrenic. Actually, the other voice in his head actually belonged to a villain named Madcap.
When a fight between Deadpool and Madcap became serious enough that Thor got involved, the thunder god reduced the two characters to ashes. Their healing factors kicked in together and led to Madcap's mind joining with Deadpool's body. It took years for anyone to realize Madcap was responsible for Wade's supposed insanity.
13 WADE WOULDN'T ACTUALLY MAKE FOR IDEAL ZOMBIE FOOD
With Wade being able to quickly regenerate missing body parts, it seems like he'd be the perfect unlimited food source for zombies. Marvel explored this possibility in the comics, but it turns out, the theory didn't quite hold up.
Sure, Deadpool's healing factor would make him an endless zombie buffet, but when evil Doctor Lovonso and his undying patients tried chowing down on him, they deemed him inedible because he tasted gross.
12 HE'S FATHERED AN ADORABLE DAUGHTER
Most Deadpool fans know that Wade has shacked up with a wide variety of characters over the years, but only those who have paid attention to his comics over the past few years know about his daughter Ellie.
Ellie was the product of a quick fling between Deadpool and Carmelita Camacho. Wade didn't know about her for years, but once they finally met, he did his best to help raise her. Unfortunately, his chaotic life put Ellie in harm's way, so he erased his memories of her to keep from endangering his daughter further.
11 DEADPOOL CAN SURVIVE A SUCCUBUS KISS
To most humans and superheroes, a kiss from a succubus is fatal. The monstrous demons have the ability to suck someone's life force out of their body through a kiss, but thanks to his enhanced healing factor, Deadpool's body is immune to this phenomenon.
Shiklah, queen of the underworld, tried giving Wade the deadly smooch when they first met. He survived it, and he and Shiklah quickly fell in love and actually got married.
10 HE MAY OR MAY NOT BE LOKI'S SON
In 2012's Deadpool #36, Loki claimed to be Wade Wilson's father. Deadpool wisely refused to believe the God of Mischief's story, which prompted Loki to curse him and vow to ruin his life until he accepted the truth and asked for his father's forgiveness.
This plotline only lasted a few short comics, and hasn't really been touched on since. We still don't know who Deadpool's dad is for sure, and while Loki being his father would explain Wade's sense of humor, it's doubtful that the god's claims were true.
9 NOT EVEN TASKMASTER CAN MIMIC HIS MOVEMENTS
Taskmaster is known for being one of the best combatants in the entire Marvel Universe, because he's able to observe his enemies' fighting style and instantly figure out how to replicate and counter it. He can hold his own against Captain America, Black Panther, Spider-Man and other highly-powerful heroes, but not even Taskmaster knows how to fight Deadpool.
Wade's unpredictable nature and complicated mind makes his fighting style too bizarre for Taskmaster to figure out, so he's one of the few characters Tony Masters struggles to defeat.
8 DEADPOOL HAS BEEN "CURSED WITH LIFE"
Deadpool's healing factor makes him nearly impossible to destroy or pass away from natural causes, but he wasn't technically immortal until Thanos came into the picture.
Wade and Mistress Death have serious chemistry in the comics, and as Death has been Thanos' crush for nearly his entire life, the Mad Titan doesn't like that. So to keep the two apart, Thanos "cursed" Deadpool with an eternal life, to ensure that he'd never perish and be able to fully be with Mistress Death.
7 HE DOESN'T LET GENDER DEFINE HIS ATTRACTION
Wade Wilson's romantic life has been filled with powerful women like Shiklah and Rogue, but Deadpool fans know that his biggest crush over the past several years has been on his best friend Spider-Man. The character's writers and creators have deemed him "sexually fluid," as Deadpool doesn't let gender (or even species, in his ex-wife Shiklah's case) define his attraction.
Fans who ship Deadpool and Spidey together probably won't ever see their dreams realized, but the heroic duo's joint comic run Spider-Man/Deadpool is filled with hilarious moments between the two.
6 HE'S NEARLY INVULNERABLE TO PSYCHIC ATTACKS
Everyone knows about Deadpool's amazing fighting skills and his powerful healing factor, but the Merc with a Mouth has a secret power that few people know about. He's almost completely invulnerable to psychic attacks!
Wade's mind is exceptionally complicated, and his broken psyche makes it nearly impossible to control him or read his thoughts through telepathy. Since the Marvel Universe is filled with psychics, this is actually a very useful ability.
5 WADE CAN DRINK MOST OTHER HEROES UNDER THE TABLE
Wade prefers stuffing his face with tacos over filling his belly with booze, but that doesn't mean he can't hold his own with Marvel's biggest drinkers like Thor and Tony Stark. Just as his super-resistant body keeps him from being affected by tranquilizers and poisons, it keeps him from enjoying the affects of alcohol.
In Deadpool #12, it took Wade an entire day and night of drinking to feel even the slightest buzz.
4 DEADPOOL DOESN'T POSSESS SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH
Most casual superhero fans wrongly believe that everyone who fights crime for a living must have some sort of super-strength. Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man and several others do in fact have enhanced strength, but Deadpool's impressive fighting skills are actually all-natural.
Wade has to constantly exercise and train to stay in the shape required to be one of Marvel's top mercenaries. The nearly-limitless endurance his healing factor grants him does help in combat, but his punches don't pack any more force than real-life professional fighters.
3 HE REALLY ISN'T ONE TO EXERT "MAXIMUM EFFORT"
In Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool films, Wade constantly says that it's time to put in "maximum effort." Deadpool frequently breaks the fourth wall and pokes fun of this quote in the comics, because he's really not one to try that hard.
Sure, Wade cares a lot about his reputation as a mercenary, but he's always down to put in the least amount of effort required to get the job done.
2 HE CAN CONCEAL HIS APPEARANCE LIKE CHAMELEON
Iconic Spider-Man villain Chameleon makes a living out of pretending to be other people, and if Deadpool wanted to, he could totally do the exact same thing. He's decent at impressions, is fluent in several languages and actually has a device which projects holographic disguises.
This device lets Wade go undercover or conceal his appearance, making him an expert spy. He doesn't use it that often because he's able to get things done without it, but it's a trick Deadpool always has up his sleeves in the comics.
1 WADE IS SURPRISINGLY INTELLIGENT
Most of the heroes in the Marvel Universe view Deadpool as a joke, and refuse to take him seriously. This is largely because Wade is a little bit insane and he spends as much time telling jokes and fooling around as he does actually being a hero, but that doesn't mean they're right to underestimate the Merc with a Mouth's intelligence.
Wade's understanding that he's a comic book character and knowledge of the real world might actually make him one of Marvel's smartest characters. He's also able to formulate elaborate plans in his mercenary work, he can speak several languages, and his sense of humor is always on point.