One of the whackiest and quirkiest superheroes of all time, Deadpool never plays by others’ rules, just his own. Throughout the Marvel comics, Wade Wilson’s adventures as Deadpool shocked and intrigued the comic book fans, and because he was always so unapologetically above the rules, Deadpool became a bad boy in the Marvel universe. Being above the rules means the individual can do whatever they want, and it got us thinking – what is Deadpool’s sexuality? Is Deadpool gay, bisexual, straight, or something else that is concrete in Marvel canon?
Deadpool is pansexual. This fact was confirmed a few times by some of the writers. Even Ryan Reynolds, the actor who portrays him in the live-action movie, said that he is ready to explore that storyline in the future. However, pansexuality is the closest label we can put on Deadpool – he is everything and does what he wants because of his insanity and unstable mind. The original creator of the character had a different and interesting conclusion.
We will discuss Deadpool’s preferences further and provide you with statements or confirmation on what Deadpool prefers. If you are interested in this topic, stay with us until the end of the article.
Deadpool’s Relationship’s in Marvel Comics and Movies
To discuss this topic properly, we need to talk about what is Deadpool the character, his personality, traits, and state of mind. Deadpool is not your every other character, he is just different from the rest, and needs to be discussed specifically – like Joker in DC comics.
Deadpool first appeared in the Marvel comics in 1991, when he was introduced in the New Mutants #98. From the beginning, Deadpool was unique and different from the rest of the Marvel characters – he was more looked at as an antihero than a superhero.
He is also known as a “Merc With a Mouth” because of his tendency to constantly joke, and talk at every given time. What is also quite interesting is that he knows he is a fictional character which prompts him to constantly break the fourth wall. Deadpool is also brutal and vicious in his combat and does not hesitate to kill anyone – there are some similarities to DC’s Jason Todd as Red Hood.
He is unpredictable both in combat and personality, and cannot be replicated by anyone. Wade Wilson suffers from cancer, which is killing him all the time, but when he got the accelerated healing factor, his dying cells, including neurons, started regenerating. What is really interesting is that process is happening all the time, which quite possibly messes with his head.
When it comes to relationships, both platonic and romantic, are unpredictable in the comics. Wade has been with a lot of people. One of the more notable relationships was with Black Widow, Natasha Romanov who was working under the Yelena Belova alias. They kissed a few times, and even though Deadpool liked it, Natasha did not want to continue anything.
During the Secret Wars event in Marvel Comics, Deadpool and Wasp were a thing. In the comics, Deadpool was healed by the alien and became “handsome” again. Wasp was instantly attracted to him, and they slept together pretty fast after that. Unfortunately, Wade Wilson asked Beyonder to remove his presence from the Earth and the relationship failed.
Rogue was another one that got away, and even though she cannot really be with anyone for long because of her powers, Deadpool was her perfect match, since he has an accelerated healing factor, which meant that Rogue can’t kill him while they are intimate.
Vanessa Carlysle is another woman with whom Wade Wilson was, and married, both in the comics and Deadpool movies. They met, got married, and in the end separated because Wade did not want her to see him dying from terminal cancer.
Amongst the few relationships, one with Lady Death was the most bizarre one. Because Deadpool is dying nonstop, he is usually in the company of Lady Death, a “fatal” (pun intended) creature who takes away live souls, and coincidentally, Thanos’s love interest. Deadpool managed to seduce Lady Death (!) and because this relationship is set in the afterlife, their relationship is literally transcending time.
Deadpool had some “questionable, edging towards flirting” interactions with men – most notably Spider-Man. Because of their similar design, Deadpool’s self-awareness and comparisons to the most famous Web-Slinger of the Marvel universe is a running gag, and so is their funny relationship. They were never romantically involved or anything but Deadpool likes to tease Spider-Man a lot.
All in all, from the research we did, the conclusion is that Deadpool loves ladies, and is commonly seen with them. However, his mental state was mentioned a few times in this article, and for a really good reason. Let’s find out why.
Is Deadpool Gay, Bisexual or Straight?
So, what truly is the Marvel canon? What preferences does Deadpool have? What gender does he prefer more? Well, if we have to strictly label it in social and sexual orientation norms, Deadpool is close mostly to being pansexual. However, a full confirmation came on Twitter in 2015, when one fan provided the co-creator of the Deadpool character with a long fan essay analyzing the character’s sexuality.
Fabian Nicieza replied with these words:
“Sorry, but anyone who writes such an extended column trying to ‘prove’ Deadpool’s sexuality does not understand Deadpool’s sexuality.”
When fans called him out for being ignorant and dismissive, the co-creator of Deadpool responded again, and with that quote ended the discussion for the foreseeable future:
“Not trying to be dismissive, but readers always want to “make a character their own” and often that is to the exclusion of what the character might mean to other fans. I’ve been dogged with the DP sexuality questions for YEARS. It is a bit tiring. He is NO sex and ALL sexes. He is yours and everyone else’s. So not dismissive, but rather the epitome of inclusive.”
He further explained Deadpool’s sexuality as a result of his mental and physical state – he is a sick individual whose brain cells are deteriorating really fast but the healing factor heals them constantly. That process is messing with Deadpool’s brain a lot, hence him being unpredictable in his behavior and absolutely insane person.
All in all, Fabian Nicieza responded like this:
“I understand your fight, but you’re choosing the wrong character to fight for and the wrong writer to fight with. I have spent 30 years in this business writing diverse characters and hiring diverse creators. Character has been around since 1992. He is who he has ALWAYS been and this is it. understand it and hopefully accept it or pick a better character to rally behind. I’ll be fighting with you.”
When that kind of statement comes from the people who actually created the character, one should mostly take the writers’ words for it. Deadpool is everything, one would say omnisexual, pansexual, whatever he feels like that day, and that makes him one of the most intriguing characters in the comics.