Deadpool hits theaters like a grenade this weekend, which means it's (again) time for most of us to try to sound knowledgeable about a comic book character who isn't Batman, Spider-Man, or Wolverine.
Here are three things you need to know to demonstrate decent nerd cred, plus recommended reading for those who want a strong Deadpool starter kit.
- His nickname is the Merc with a Mouth. (It's quite a long nickname, so let's call it his nom de guerre instead.) Deadpool is a mercenary, willing to do all sorts of dirty deeds in exchange for cash, and he sometimes gets hired to do good deeds, like temporarily join the X-Men. The "mouth" part of his name is monumentally clear to anyone who's watched the film trailer.
- He breaks the fourth wall. This means that Deadpool talks directly to the audience/reader, which is an excellent way for the writers to increase the snark level by 1,000%.
- Deadpool fans have been waiting for this movie for years. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and rumors went hot and cold for the next six years about whether the Merc with the Mouth (see how easy it is to just casually toss his nom de guerre into conversation?) was really getting his own feature film. Now the rumors will revolve around whether he's getting a sequel. Apparently the end credits of Deadpool help fan those flames.
So here's what you say when someone mentions Deadpool: "Oh, yeah, the Merc with the Mouth. Can't wait to see how he breaks the fourth wall in the film, which fans have been waiting for for years."
But c'mon"”faking nerd cred is not nearly as satisfying as having genuine nerd cred. Below is our recommended reading list that will truly bring you up to speed:
Shop on Amazon
Shop on Amazon
You might also be interested in:
- Subscribe to Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review for our picks of best books of the month, author interviews, reading recommendations, and more from the Amazon Books editors