The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Deadpool was raised in Catholicism and appears to retain Catholic sensibilities in some ways, although he is mostly lapsed with regards to the following of Catholic teachings.
Deadpool temporarily joined the One World Church as an adult, but he is no longer active in that denomination.
James Hudec wrote to us with the following notes and analysis (16 May 2006):
I was just browsing through your website, and I thought of a couple of characters you might add to the database; Marvel Comics' villain/anti-hero/reluctant hero/mercenary Deadpool as a (probably lapsed) Catholic, and his hacker friend Weasel, as a Jew (probably secular).
My basis for assuming this the fact that in a flashback sequence, Deadpool and his father are shown at his mother's bedside, with what looks to be a rosary dangling from her hands. I seem to remember a nun in the background...
Deadpool's romantic interest in Irish Catholic mutant Siryn (Theresa Cassidy), and his mental association of her with angels and other heavenly imagery could also be taken as evidence of lingering religious upbringing and/or latent acknowledgement of religious belief on his part.
Also, Deadpool at one point mentioned that he's tried to "give up on killing for Lent." [Abstaining from a practice or habit that is cherished and enjoyed in observance of Lent is a Catholic practice.' Admittedly, it's entirely possible this is just another of Deadpool's endless bizarre throwaway comments.
As for Weasel, in one issue he acknowledges to himself that he ought to talk to a rabbi.
From: catalog synopsis of Cable/Deadpool #3, on official Marvel Comics website (http://www.marvel.com/catalog/showcomic.htm?id=644; viewed 5 January 2006):
WRITER: Fabian Nicieza
PENCILS: Patrick Zircher
INKS: Udon Comics [Rob Ross and Alan Tam]
THE STORY: "IF LOOKS COULD KILL" PART 3 (OF 6)
The One World Church has a lovely message of eliminating all that divides us to bring about a glorious global unity. All they want is to love you till you're blue in the face - literally! Will Cable and Deadpool allow themselves to be recruited, or will they go ballistic?
IN STORES: 05-19-2004
From: David Duijsings, "Cable/Deadpool #3" review/plot summary webpage, on "Uncanny X-Men.net" website (http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/issues/showquestion.asp?fldauto=1841; viewed 5 January 2006)
Cable/Deadpool # 3
Issue Date: July 2004
Story Title: If Looks Could Kill - part 3: Face to Face...
Deadpool created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza
...Deadpool joins the One World Church to restore his lost skin. The process is long and painful though. Cable enters the One World Church, hidden by his telepathic powers. He tries to find out whether he should be with or against them and is surprised when the Church's Prime Minister introduces their newest member: Brother Wade Wilson, who can see him. For days, Cable and the former Deadpool talk and Cable becomes convinced that the Church truly does believe in their cause. The Prime Minister shows Cable the way they want to transmit the Facade Virus to the world and he infects Cable with the virus. Cable then tries to take control of the machine that is supposed to infect humanity with the virus, saying that he wants to be the one to administer it to the public, but then his mutant powers disappear. The Prime Minister explains that he used the Facade Virus to block Cable's powers and Deadpool attacks Cable.
...[Cable] phones Eugene Hammer and asks him to find him info on the One World Church...
In the One World Church in France, Deadpool talks to cameras about the One World Church and tries to convince people to join them. He introduces Anton Kruch, the Church's Prime Minister and asks Kruch why he kept his name. Kruch, rather embarrassed, replies that the sublimation of individuality is an ongoing process. Deadpool then explains to the cameras how the Facade Virus, that he personally stole, is going to turn the world into one happy shiny family. To produce the blue colour on his members the church used to use bleaches and dyes but, now, with a simple injection, using a combination of the Facade Virus and his own healing factor to stabilise the virus, a person is changed. Deadpool is injected and removes his mask to reveal a face with normal (though blue) skin.
Sadly, this is all a hallucination by Deadpool, who is still looking like his normal, mutated skin self. The Prime Minister asks Deadpool how he's doing, while one of the brothers tells Kruch how his ranting had become rather personal. Kruch explains to him how Deadpool's healing factor is keeping him alive, but the strain is making him delirious. He says that Deadpool's sacrifice will be appreciated. Deadpool reacts to the word "sacrifice" but Kruch tells him that he said "artifice." Deadpool notes that that doesn't make any sense. One of the brothers tells Kruch that the new stabilised version of the virus is ready. Kruch tells them to use it on their guinea pig. Deadpool reacts again to the word "guinea pig." Kruch leaves the room, telling the brothers to keep him updated. Outside, he walks past Cable but doesn't see him due to Cable's telepathic commands.
Cable enters the room and talks to Deadpool, apologising that he can't save him yet. Deadpool is still delirious and thinks he's talking to God. Cable tells Deadpool not to waste energy speaking, just to think. Deadpool tells Cable that he's sorry for everything and wonders if he has a chance at heaven. Cable replies that he likes to think we all have a chance. The brothers note that Deadpool is stabilising and the process is working.
Over the next few days, Cable observes the One World Church unseen, while the monks are talking about the "Deliverance." Inside the Church, Kruch is holding a sermon. Cable is on the front row, listening with scepticism to Kruch's speech about unifying the world. Kruch then introduces the newest member of the Church, the one they all have to thank for the Deliverance: Wade Wilson. Wade enters, looking exactly like all the other monks. Wilson then tells them how all he had was hate and anger, but now he found peace. He then points at Cable and tells him to give it a try.
Cable's illusions disappear and he wonders how he knew. Kruch explains that their security is state of the art and that there have been attempts at infiltration before. Cable asks why they let him wander around then and Kruch tells him that they couldn't have stopped him and they wanted to prove their sincerity to him. Cable asks "What now?" and Kruch asks the same question back. Cable admits that he wants to see more.
Days later, Cable and Brother Wade are walking on a bridge, just outside the Church. Cable asks if there have been any after effects and if Wade is still feeling the urge to kill and hurt things. Wade denies both. Cable looks at him with doubt, but Deadpool meets his gaze. Cable asks Deadpool if he really buys all this and Deadpool tells him just to look at him, while picking up a pebble. Cable admits that the Church truly believes in their cause and Kruch especially believes it. Wade replies that they only want what's best. Cable responds that so did Hitler. Cable walks away, while Deadpool considers that statement. He then concludes that it's all a matter of faith and that he finally has some inner peace, while throwing the pebble across the pond, killing a dragonfly with it.
A monk invites Cable to witness the first test of the Deliverance. Inside, Kruch shows him a machine that will transmit the new Facade Virus through the optic nerve: the safest, most efficient way, according to them. He then demonstrates the process by infecting Cable with a flash of light. Immediately, Cable sees his hand turning blue. Cable tells him that the good news is that the process works, but the bad news is that he likes this 'cure.' Kruch wonders why that is bad news.
Cable telekinetically rips the whole machine out of the ground and replies that he thinks he should be the one to administer it. Kruch admits that it's unexpected, but then mentions a back-up plan. At that point, Cable's T.O. virus starts replicating again and the machine drops. Kruch explains that the Facade Virus now is blocking his mutant powers. Brother Wade then takes two swords from his robe and asks Nathan if he still remembers him saying that he didn't want to kill or hurt anymore. "I was lying." Springing into action, Wade jumps towards Cable, whose T.O.-virus is really going out of control.
From: "Religion in comic books" discussion forum started on 24 April 2006, on DC Comics official message board website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000072787&tstart=0; viewed 1 May 2006):
Posted: Apr 24, 2006 10:31 PM
Does anyone know if there are any DC Comics characters who are portrayed as being Christian or Catholic in religion?
Posted: Apr 25, 2006 1:34 AM
Deadpool believes in something but not a subscriber to a specific religion. He's seen the afterlife and basically told he will never be a resident (remain dead).
From: "Religion of comic book characters" forum discussion started 17 March 2006 in "Media & Popular Culture" section on "IIDB General Discussion Forums" website (http://www.iidb.org/vbb/archive/index.php/t-158938.html; viewed 10 May 2007):
March 17, 2006, 09:54 PM
This might be old, but I found it interesting,
Supervillains tend to be atheists, superheroes tend to be theist...
March 21, 2006, 09:21 PM
What bugs me is that they seem to be grasping at straws at a few of these. Take Deadpool for example:
He joins a crazy cult that doesn't even exist for one issue, and now he's permanently a member, just not active? Come on! At least let us [atheists] have Deadpool.
From: "Religion of Comic Book Characters" forum discussion, started 29 March 2006 on AllSpark.com website (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4168; viewed 1 June 2007):
post Mar 29 2006, 08:38 AM
I found this great resource entirely by accident:
post Mar 29 2006, 03:26 PM
What's really funny is that I found the site because I was googling Deadpool and this came up:
with the title "The religion of Deadpool", I thought "Holy jive, someone started a religion dedicated to worshipping Deadpool?! Where do I sign?" :D
post Mar 13 2007, 06:17 PM
...Hadn't really thought about it that much otherwise. Got to love Deadpool's religions - all lapsed. Surprise.
The Question and Rorschach, Objectivist. Heh.
The Power Pack being Mormon doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
From: "OT: Religious superteams" forum discussion, started 13 February 2007 on "Soap Operus" website (http://www.gossiping.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=167&view=previous&sid=98473f5c220e5dd12ab4c10df9d53477&mforum=so; viewed 29 June 2007):
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:15 pm
Religious superteams: Your favorite superheroes, sorted by faith. [link to: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_collage.html]
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:55 pm
That was kinda cool. People have written entire essays on the religious denominations of various super-powered folks...
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:08 pm
Wonder what deadpool's Religion is.
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:14 pm
Deadpool is his own religion.
From: "The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" forum discussion, started 27 June 2007 on "City of Heroes" website (http://boards.cityofheroes.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=8576731; viewed 6 July 2007):
06/27/07 02:31 PM
The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters [link to: http://boards.cityofheroes.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=8576731]
My Local newsradio station pointed this site out.
Let the battle begin.
06/27/07 03:35 PM
Hmm, so he's a lapsed Catholic? I always thought Deadpool would be a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
06/27/07 05:49 PM
re: "I always thought Deadpool would be a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster."
They so need to put that in.
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