Deadpool is one of the most interesting comic book characters that ever debuted on the pages of Marvel Comics. He was initially created to be a supervillain to the New Mutants and X-Force, although it didn’t take long for him to become an anti-hero. Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal in Fox’s ‘X-Men’ movie series and soon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sealed Deadpool as one of the most popular modern Marvel characters. In this article, we’ll provide information regarding Wade Wilson’s height and weight in both comics and movies.
According to Marvel Comics’ official information, Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, is 6’2” (1.88 meters) tall and weighs 210 (95 kilograms) lbs in the source material. In the movies, we can assume the character’s height and weight based on the information we have about the actor. Ryan Reynolds is around the same height as Deadpool from comics, while in terms of weight, the comic book character is heavier since Reynolds weighs around 190 lbs (86 kilograms).
Just like the majority of other comic book characters, Deadpool also possesses his own set of enhanced abilities. The life-defining moment for Wade Wilson occurred when he participated in the Weapon X program, the same one that gave Wolverine his adamantium claws. Although he was ultimately deemed a failed experiment, the program still provided him with healing abilities that allowed him to recover from grave injuries and regenerate entire body parts, which led to one of his nicknames: Regenerating Degenerate.
The Weapon X program didn’t affect Wade Wilson’s height and weight, but it did affect something else!
There are many examples in which comic book characters are turned into superheroes after they were, accidentally or purposely, subdued to some scientific or biological process that affected and enhanced their abilities. And some of these processes can also leave a mark on their physical attributes. We still remember the scene when Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker was checking his muscles which suddenly appeared overnight after a radioactive spider bit him.
Some Marvel characters like Captain America, the Wolverine, and Deadpool underwent government experiments to enhance their abilities and achieve their true potential. Unlike Steve Rogers, a skinny, ordinary man from Brooklyn, Logan, and Wade were already trained soldiers, and the Weapon X experiment didn’t change their physical shape as much as it enhanced their abilities.
Wade Wilson was raised in a dysfunctional family. He joined the military at the age of 17, but he was discharged due to bad behavior. He started working as a mercenary for hire before discovering he had an incurable cancer. He only had to join the Weapon X program, whose goal was to give Wade the Wolverine’s healing abilities to cure him.
However, even though the healing abilities are recovering his cells, the cancer wasn’t removed from his body, so the healing factor is constantly working to heal his cells, but the constant battle with cancer deformed his face and the entire body.
He was called a failed experiment and sent to the so-called Hospice, where he and other patients played a game called “dead pool” to bet how long each of them would live. Eventually adapting his new name, Deadpool, Wade escaped Hospice.
In Deadpool’s own words, his greatest superpower is his wit and charm. Since he was already a trained mercenary before the Weapon X program, it can’t be said that the program suddenly turned him into a superhero like the Super Soldier program turned Steve Rogers into Captain America.
However, the healing factor the program provided for him, at the cost of his outside beauty, made him basically impossible to kill, which always gives him an advantage, even if he suffers some grave injuries in his battles. The program didn’t affect his height and weight either, and the same can’t be said for the Wolverine, who gained an additional 105 lbs (47.6 kilograms) after injecting adamantium into his skeleton.
Despite his healing ability, Deadpool can’t heal his skin!
The healing ability he got from the Weapon X program turned Deadpool into an even more dangerous mercenary. The healing factor is so strong that he can even survive decapitation and incineration of his whole body, as we’ve seen in 2018’s ‘Deadpool 2.’ However, in some instances, it would take for his head to be reunited with his body to heal from decapitation.
On the other hand, Deadpool once managed to regrow his head after the Hulk pulverized it in ‘Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.’ The only case in which his healing ability can’t help is his degenerating skin, which will always stay deformed due to the constant battle between his healing factor and his cancer, which can’t kill him now, but it’s still there nonetheless.
Created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, initially debuted in ‘The New Mutants’ #98 in December 1990 (cover-dated February 1991). The character is special due to the fact that he’s aware that he’s a fictional character in the comics, and he usually breaks the fourth wall for the humorous effect.
Although Ryan Reynolds’ debut in 2009’s ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ was deemed inaccurate and mocked by fans, to which even Deadpool agreed after he killed his past self in the mid-credit scene of ‘Deadpool 2’ to fix the timeline, Reynolds’ portrayal in two previous ‘Deadpool’ movies showed that Deadpool is a role he was born to play.
The upcoming ‘Deadpool 3’ is one of the most anticipated MCU movies at the moment. Not only because Reynolds returns to his most known role or the fact that Regenerating Degenerate will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming movie, but also because Hugh Jackman will return as Wolverine, so we can expect a wild buddy movie between these two subjects of the Weapon X program.
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