Marvel Countdown: Meet the Supporting Characters in 'Deadpool'

Marvel Countdown: Meet the Supporting Characters in 'Deadpool'

Feb 08, 2016

Deadpool has attitude to spare, but what he doesn’t have is a lot of public familiarity with his supporting cast and villains. He’s been around for 25 years now, but considering many of his superhero peers are pushing 75, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is often still considered a “new” character. The great thing about Deadpool, the movie, is that there’s not a lot of bothersome continuity getting in the way of having a good time. The only prior knowledge you need to have is that the film is irreverent and dirty.

So, to save you the trouble of reading over twenty-five years’ worth of comics in under a week lest you lose geek cred, we present this “who’s who’ of supporting characters in the Deadpool film.

 

Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin)

The Vanessa of the film is greatly different from the Vanessa of the comics. In fact, the only thing they maintained was her star-crossed romance with Deadpool and her background as a prostitute. In the comics, she’s a blue-skinned shapeshifter codenamed Copycat, and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if the makers of the movie didn’t want to introduce another “Mystique” into the X-Men cinematic world. She’s more tolerable in the movie, as her comic counterpart is an obsessive who continually takes the form of Deadpool’s romantic partners.

Her first appearance in comics is a tricky one. Because of her shapeshifting, the writers of X-Force decided a year into stories featuring the character Domino that Vanessa had assumed the identity of Domino from the start, with the real Domino imprisoned. This retroactively turned Domino’s first appearance into Vanessa’s first appearance. Hey, it wouldn’t be an X-Men origin if it wasn’t ridiculously convoluted.

 

Weasel (T.J. Miller)

Weasel was used heavily in Deadpool’s earliest solo adventures, as a weapons supplier and personal assistant to the Merc With a Mouth. For a while, he was Deadpool’s closest confident, and the screenwriters of the film bring that relationship to the screen first and foremost. At one point, Weasel got his own power armor and worked as superhero security for a casino under the name The House, so there’s something for Miller to look forward to in a Deadpool sequel.

 

Blind Al (Leslie Uggams)

Blind Al is either the keeper of Deadpool’s safe house or someone whose home was commandeered by Deadpool (or a combination of both). That’s sort of where they leave it in the film - the two are terrible, yet understanding, roommates. However, in comics’ most perverted case of Stockholm Syndrome, Deadpool kept Blind Al against her will, using psychological torture and her own blindness to imprison her as his ersatz mother figure. All things considered, Blind Al never found the relationship all that bad and continues to offer Deadpool support even after he granted her freedom.

 

Francis aka Ajax (Ed Skrein)

Ajax is brought over more or less intact from the comics. In the film, he oversees a grueling experimental program with the goal of awakening latent mutant genes through torture. The comic book version of Ajax oversaw experiments with the failed cast-offs from Canada’s Weapon X program (the same program that gave us Wolverine, both in the comics and the films). In both characterizations, he’s a pissed-off mutant who hates Deadpool on a personal level, while Deadpool lives to antagonize him. Though the character has barely been used over Deadpool’s long history, Ajax was recently resurrected from the dead in 2015’s Deadpool vs. Thanos series. Hey, just in time for this movie!

 

Angel Dust (Gina Carano)

It’s mildly confusing to hear a character referred to as “Angel” in an X-Men film who is obviously not the “Angel” we know. She is, in fact, Angel Dust, a barely-used mutant who aligned herself with the sewer-dwelling Morlocks, sort of a mutant gang in the X-Men world. The Morlocks aren’t evil, so the characterization of Angel Dust as the hired muscle of Ajax in the film version of Deadpool is greatly different from her few appearances in comic books.

 

Colossus (Stefan Kapicic)

Deadpool and Colossus have no particular relationship in comics; the filmmakers just needed an X-Men foil to help define where Deadpool’s moral compass lays. Colossus is a good choice because he’s instantly recognizable and almost criminally under-utilized in the X-Men films. Here, the Russian gets a chance to (literally) shine.

Daniel Cudmore played Colossus previously, but this time he’s replaced with CGI and a vocal performance by Kapicic. It’s too bad for Cudmore, because Colossus has some great moments as a powerful square-jawed square who’s eternally optimistic about the goodness within Wade Wilson.

 

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)

This D-list X-Men character is given an all-new power set for the film. She’s used as a human bomb rather than a telepath. Her thin characterization comes in one flavor -- sullen -- but she still provides more bright spots in the movie version of Deadpool than she ever did in the pages of X-Men.

 

Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tim Miller, opens this Friday.

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