Deadpool Is A Straight Up Ripoff Of Deathstroke
Deadpool is like pineapple on pizza -- you either love him or you'd like to shoot his sweet-and-sour ass into the sun. But there's something about Marvel's merc-with-a-mouth schtick that has made him quite popular. A lot more popular than the DC villain he's a copy of, at least.
That's right, Deadpool is a shameless duplicate of another sword-wielding assassin: Deathstroke. They didn't even bother to make his name sound all that different. We've talked before about how Marvel likes to steal shit from DC, but the similarities between Deathstroke and Deadpool border on absurdist. Try to guess which side of the comic book border we're talking about: an assassin who dresses in two-tone, loves swords and murder, and was subjected to medical experiments that left him with super strength, super reflexes, and the super ability to heal super-boo-boos. The answer is C. All of the above.
DC Comics, Marvel Comics"Oh, that reminds me, I should rip off The Terminator too."
In 1984, following some scant appearances, Deathstroke featured as the main antagonist for the Teen Titans (a superhero team itself inspired by the X-Men, because plagiarism always comes full circle in this business). Fans fell completely in love with Deathstroke ... including one up and coming artist named Robert Liefeld. So when the time came for Liefeld to introduce a character to New Mutants, he chose to emulate his favoritest hero in every way. Which is a nice way of saying that he slightly redrew Deathstroke and then had a five-hour lunch break.
There are some differences. Deadpool likes poop jokes, Deathstroke is gruff and makes #importantdecisions. End of list. Seriously, Liefeld put so little effort into his new creation he even named Deadpool "Wade Wilson," while Deathstroke's real identity is Slade ... Wilson. You might be disappointed, but that's how low the bar is set in the comic industry that DC wasn't being able to sue Marvel over copyright infringement and create an Infinite Money Crisis.
Iron Man Was Intentionally Created To Be Hated
When creating a new character, it's important to make them A) cool enough that kids want to buy the action figure and B) likable enough that the kids aren't buying them to set on fire. If they're complex and interesting and relatable? Congratulations! You made Captain America. If they're complex and interesting and an insufferable dick, you might hope they're hiring at the local copy place. Except if you're Stan Lee, who made one of his most iconic super-assholes solely to piss people off.
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