Why Did Deadpool Kill the Marvel Universe? Explained

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Who would’ve ever thought that such a ‘nice and decent’ guy like Deadpool could ever harm the creators behind Marvel and everyone in it? Well, it happened, and it happened more than once. Even though Wade is mercenary who usually kills either for money or when he thinks someone deserves it, let’s see what made Deadpool go on a rampage trying to kill the Marvel Universe.

In the ‘Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe’ comic storyline, Deadpool’s mind is corrupted by Psycho-Man, who wants to create an efficient killer out of Wade. He succeeds, and Deadpool goes on a killing spree, eliminating Marvel superheroes and eventually breaking the ‘fourth wall,’ determining it is the only way to kill the Marvel Universe once and for all.

This comic storyline is not canon but shows how dangerous and lethal Deadpool can be, especially when manipulated by others. In the next few paragraphs, we’ll go into more detail about how it all went down, so keep reading to learn more.

What is ‘Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe’ about?

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Deadpool was never one of the mentally most stable characters out there, but in this comic storyline, things went too far, and he needed to be institutionalized.

Ravenscroft Asylum was where troubled and tortured souls were brought for healing. Dr. Benjamin Brighton worked there and invented a radical new treatment for his patients. At some point, Deadpool snapped, so X-Men brought him into the facility for treatment because Professor X considered that the only way to help Wade.

Deadpool’s therapy session began at the facility, but it was soon revealed that Dr. Brighton was controlled by Psycho-Man, who wanted to turn Deadpool into a more efficient killer, not to cure him.

Psycho-Man managed to corrupt Deadpool, and ‘merc with a mouth’ went on a killing spree. The Fantastic Four team fell first, and then The Watcher. Wade’s blood rampage continued, and soon the word spread that Deadool was after every superhero, villain, anti-hero, and all the other Marvel characters out there.

Spider-Man confronted Wade, and although it seemed Peter might win at first, Deadpool eventually blasted his head with a gun. The voice inside Deadpool’s head urged him to continue his killing spree, telling him: ‘They all have to die.’


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After Spider-Man’s death, Avengers started to discuss what to do about this whole situation, but little did they know that they were next on Wade’s killing list. Deadpool killed Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and the others with the help of Pym particles he stole in Dr. Pym’s lab.

Of course, the victim’s loved ones were furious and devastated, so they collected all their valuables and hired Taskmaster to bring Deadpool down. Taskmaster accepted the job and started looking for Wade, but all he could find were trails of corpses. In the meantime, Wade’s target became the X-Men, and the first to meet his end was Professor X.

Deadpool tied Charles Xavier to a chair and told him that Psycho-Man made him realize that he needed to break ‘the fourth’ wall because he is the only one who can. After that, he killed him.

That wasn’t enough because Deadpool needed to kill characters in all realities to kill the Marvel Universe. And for that, he needed the nexus of all realities he found and Dr. Strange’s library.

Deadpool breaks the ‘fourth wall’ and is ready to terminate the Marvel Universe

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Eventually, Taskmaster tracked Deadpool down, and the ultimate battle began. It became clear that Wade’s killing spree was never just about killing superheroes; his vengeance was against the creators of the Marvel Universe, against everyone who orchestrated all the storylines and tales – he wanted to break the ‘fourth wall’ and to break free from all the restraints him, and the other comic characters had just because someone thought it was fun.

This, of course, was just a story and in no way canon to any Marvel storyline, but nevertheless, it seemed very dark to put Deadpool on a journey like that. Eventually, Deadpool did break the ‘fourth wall’ and ended up in the Marvel conference room, where the writers debated how this comic should end. It ended with Wade entering the room and addressing the audience that he was about to kill the writers and that the Marvel Universe would be gone forever.

Basically, ‘Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe’ was a four-part storyline and showed an alternate version of Deadpool and what would happen if he did break the ‘fourth wall.’ Everything began with Psycho-Man brainwashing and manipulating Deadpool as he wanted to create an army of mighty killers at his disposal.


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It is interesting to note that this wasn’t the only time Deadpool killed the Marvel Universe. The same happened in ‘Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again’ when Doctor Doom and Red Skull manipulated him. What happened there is that Deadpool was unaware of his actions; he thought he was having fun adventures with his friends and colleagues, but instead, he was killing them.

So, while Deadpool has moments when he is funny and taken not so seriously, these two comic storylines show us what happens when someone tries to control his mind. It is fair to say that only Wade knows how to handle his own lunacy, and whenever someone else interferes in that head of his, anyone can buy as many body bags as possible.

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