On 1st June, Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) will return in Deadpool 2.
Although his first proper cinematic appearance was in 2016's Deadpool (we're going to gloss over his much-criticised cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the Merc With The Mouth has been breaking fourth walls since 1991 when he first appeared in New Mutants #98.
Mr. Pool's history is a particularly strange one, even by comic book standards. Here are five bizarre things you didn't know about him.
1. He's in a love triangle with Thanos
In Deadpool, we were introduced to Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), the love interest of Wade Wilson. As happy as we are to see Deadpool find someone special, some artistic liberties were taken for the film adaptation. In the comics, Venessa is a shapeshifter known as Copycat who becomes a vigilante after Wade breaks up with her due to his illness.
Having ended his relationship with Copycat, Wade has his heart stolen by the physical personification of death in the Marvel Universe, Mistress Death. The course of true love never runs smooth, however – being immortal, Deadpool can never truly die, meaning that he'll never be able to be with her. Even more bizarrely, there's another member of the Marvel roster who has a crush on Mistress Death: galaxy-conquering bad guy Thanos (played in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War by Josh Brolin).
Thanos' love for her is unrequited, which means that the latter, Deadpool and Death are part of possibly the strangest love triangle ever conceived. Given Brolin is also playing Cable in Deadpool 2, we sadly can't imagine this relationship playing out on the big screen – unless some particularly clever CGI wizardry is involved?
2. He's terrified of cows
Every superhero has their kryptonite, as it were. Green Lantern doesn't like the colour yellow, Wonder Woman is weakened whenever her hands are bound, and Daredevil is rendered helpless when faced with noise pollution.
Deadpool suffers from Bovinophobia which, as the word implies, is a fear of cows. To Deadpool, a cow's blank stare chills him to the bone as it seems like they're waiting for something. It's not just cows that terrify this fearless mercenary – he also believes that clowns are the biggest threat to Earth. (He may well be right, there.)
As long as Deadpool 2 isn't set in a field near a circus, he should be fine.
3. He's too annoying to work for Galactus
As you may have gathered from watching Deadpool, the eponymous antihero isn't too fond of becoming a full-time superhero. This has been true throughout his comics where, in one issue, he takes a job for super-villain Galactus, a cosmic being who devours planets. (The same being appeared at the end of 2016's Doctor Strange.)
Mr. Pool becomes his herald, meaning he essentially kills lots of people to let them know Galactus is coming. The perfect job for a skilled mercenary, right? If you're familiar with Deadpool, you'd also know that he has an uncanny ability for talking endlessly to the point where he gets on everyone's nerves, including Galactus.
Deadpool spends the first day on the job chattering away incessantly, meaning Galactus simply can't stand it any longer and fires him on the spot. We knew he had a big mouth, but it takes some serious commitment to be annoying enough to defeat the most powerful being on the Marvel roster. However, it's not going to stop us from seeing Deadpool 2.
4. He already had a movie made about him
You might think that 2016's Deadpool was the first time Mr. Pool got his origin story told, but you'd be mistaken.
Back in a 2010 issue titled X-Men Origins: Deadpool, our hero got a chance to reveal his rather tragic backstory. This opportunity arose after he interviewed a Hollywood screenwriter who promised he'd do Deadpool's story justice. Fast forward to the premiere three years later, and Deadpool discovers that his dramatic life story was mangled by Hollywood and turned into a mindless comedy.
Instead of killing everyone in the cinema as he originally intended, Deadpool settles for destroying the screenwriter's car as vengeance for the injustice done to his character. Let's hope he's pleased with Deadpool 2 – otherwise we wouldn't want to be the one sitting next to him in the theatre.
5. He inadvertently created a zombie outbreak
Ever since director Danny Boyle gave us 28 Days Later in 2002, zombies have been everywhere in pop culture. It's therefore inevitable that Deadpool has starred in his very own zombie comic book series in the aptly titled Night of the Living Deadpool.
Like 28 Days Later, this story sees Deadpool awaken to find himself alone in deserted streets overrun by zombies. After travelling with a group of survivors for some time, he eventually finds himself in a settlement where he comes across one of the scientists responsible for the outbreak. The man informs him that the virus was created from samples of Deadpool's blood in an attempt to mimic his healing powers.
Being the unwavering hero he is, Deadpool is able to stop the virus from spreading further. Being Deadpool, however, this heroic act resulted in hundreds of deaths and ultimately gave him control of a zombie army. Just another day at the office.
Andy Murray is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.