Marvel has announced via Nerdist.com that they will be killing off Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth, in April's Deadpool #250.
Issue #250 because it's one of Marvel's milestone renumbering things where if you put all of Deadpool's series' issues together, that's the number you'd get.
In what may seem like a bizarre move, given Deadpool's current popularity and looming big screen debut, Wade will be following in the footsteps of Wolverine (R.I.P.) in an issue that sees him take on the entire ULTIMATUM organisation, when - following the events leading up to this issue - they come after him for revenge.
Speaking to Nerdist, Deadpool co-writer Gerry Duggan said, "The story that you’re going to get in Deadpool #250 is a story that we really have been building to since the first issue of Deadpool NOW. And it will absolutely feel – it will feel, I hope, readers will think that this is an appropriate end for this Deadpool.
"I will say, though, that the manner in which he dies – even us telling you that he’s dying, it’s not really a spoiler, because when you see how he dies, I think your head will explode. [laughter]"
The 96-page issue will also feature one of Deadpool's recurring 'lost' stories - in which Wade gets hold of the Infinity Gauntlet!
And...like Deadpool #27, wherein Wade tied the knot, a host of former Deadpool creatives will be returning for more strips to round off Deadpool's giant-sized swan song.
Marvel has also announced that a Deadpool vs. Thanos series is coming in the Fall. This doesn't necessarily mean Wade will be resurrected for it, though, as both guys have a thing for the female embodiment of Death - so the mini could potentially take place in her realm.
Now, just about everyone is thinking Wolverine's death is a "temporary setback" - so we'd presume it'd be the same for the Merc with a Mouth. And while killing him off now might seem like a weird move, it could be the event that takes his popularity to the next level.
Some Deadheads might be getting a sense of deja vu here, recalling Daniel Way's 'Dead arc', in which Wade tried to eradicate his healing factor so he could be with the female embodiment of death - but this proved an impossibility and Deadpool didn't die. For Deadpool #250, Duggan says Deadpool will die.
Speaking of the 'Dead' arc, this event brings me back to my own aspirations to work on the Merc with a Mouth. When that arc was announced, I 'remixed' an old Deadpool/Death fantasy sequence, removing the dialogue, adding my own, breaking it into four short funnies... creating an unofficial prequel to 'Dead'; and if you didn't catch that at the time, you can find it here...
The Bootleg Deadpool hearts Death thing, as well as being fun for me to do, was designed to showcase that I have the skillz to write the Merc with a Mouth (I've written a Deadpool pitch and hope to get to make it when I'm, hopefully, of a high enough profile for that to be a realistic proposition).
Since BDHD, I've also been developing my own Deadpool-parodying character, Wayne Winston, and he will be getting the spotlight in February's The Almighties #0 Variant Edition (homaging Deadpool's debut cover from New Mutants #98) - when Wayne gets shortlisted to join the team of comedic super-heroes I co-created with Mike Gagnon.
How do you parody a character that's already a parody? Watch this space and www.actualitypress.com for more on Wayne Winston... ;)