How Is Deadpool’s Father Important For MCU?

Deadpool is one of the most fun and interesting characters in all of comics due to his breaking of the fourth wall and constant pop culture references, not to mention his penchant for crude remarks and extreme violence. While superhero movies weren’t anything new in 2016 (far from it), Ryan Reynolds bringing Deadpool to life in the first solo “Deadpool” film stands up as one of the best superhero outings on the books.

But while many other Marvel onscreen superheroes’ backgrounds and lineages are heavily focused on (such as Tony Stark’s parents), Wade Wilson’s lineage is largely mysterious. However, the identity of Wilson’s father may play an essential role in the upcoming “Deadpool 3” and impact his relationship with Wolverine (let’s hear it for the return of Hugh Jackman!).

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Thomas Wilson has been retconned a few times, from abandoning Wade as a child to being an abusive parent. One story had him murdered by one of Wade’s friends after abusing Wade for years following his mother’s death from cancer. Another saw the hero tracking him down after years following his abandonment just to talk. One of the more intriguing storylines saw Wade Wilson manipulated into murdering his parents using arson.

While these are important backstories to the comic character, his lack of a father figure and lineage in the films may lead to an important connection to his relationship with Logan, seeing him as a surrogate father figure.

Deadpool and Wolverine’s relationship in the comics is tenuous

Deadpool and Wolverine have a history in the comics that almost always ends in bloodshed. While the two typically meet under circumstances that see them on opposite sides of some kind of conflict, they hold a specific bond that makes them unique. While Wolverine is in no way Deadpool’s father, a part of him lives in the Merc with a Mouth thanks to the Weapon X program.

Both heroes were manipulated, tortured, and enhanced by the same program that sought to turn them into the ultimate weapons of war. While the program took advantage of Logan’s healing factor to line his entire skeleton with adamantium, turning him into the raging Wolverine, Wade Wilson was given Logan’s healing powers in an attempt to bestow that ability on non-mutants. So in that way, Wolverine has a fatherly connection to the mercenary in that his DNA was handed down to him.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Wolverine has to like it. His gruff, no-nonsense demeanor is the virtual opposite of Deadpool’s sarcastic and loony antics. Ryan Reynolds’ version of Deadpool clearly has a bit of a hero-worship-level obsession with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, so there is no doubt that Wilson will annoy Logan to the point of contention (and probably a lot of fights). But there is another connection that the two share that will likely shine through and create an emotional storyline, and maybe even save the MCU from some pretty disastrous consequences.

They are both surrogate fathers

The last time we saw either character on screen, they both found themselves as surrogate fathers to young and abused children. In “Logan,” Wolverine discovers the existence of mutants being created as weapons set to be executed. He sets out to free them and transport Laura (Dafne Keen) to Eden. On their journey, the two bond, and he becomes a father figure to her up until his death at the end of the film. Wade Wilson finds himself in the same boat in “Deadpool 2.” When Cable (Josh Brolin) travels back in time to kill the young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison), Deadpool goes on a mission to protect him.

The two heroes are set to fight alongside each other in “Deadpool 3,” and before Deadpool can destroy everything with his erratic behavior and the ability to time travel, Wolverine is almost certainly going to step in as the calming father figure. Most likely after a bit of annoyance and hand-to-hand combat.

While Hugh Jackman may not be long for the MCU since he already retired from the role once, he could be set to leave behind a Deadpool that could join the MCU as a capable father figure for abandoned mutants, attempting to save them from the kind of father he was cursed with himself. And since he and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) decided to start a family together, Wolverine could live on even longer, teaching Deadpool to be much better than Thomas Wilson.

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