Deadpool Waxes Poetic in Deadpool #21 from Marvel

Posted by at 11:15 am on July 26, 2016

Deadpool 21

Wade Wilson has always had a way with words but never quite like this. Springing from the pen of writer Ian Doescher, DEADPOOL #21 features a 60-page tale sure to see civil blood making not so civil hands unclean. If you remember your freshman English class at all, then yes, your mind went to the right place. The Merc with a Mouth just discovered iambic pentameter.

Before you can let Deadpool know which of his bad parts didst thou first fall in love with, we invite you to wonder can the devil speak true as Doescher, in an interview with Marvel.com, revealed some of the behind the scenes of “The Merc of Menace.” And, please, remember, if this interview have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here, while these words did appear.

Marvel.com: Obviously, you are no stranger to Shakespeare. With that in mind, how familiar were you with the second half of this equation, Deadpool? Any prior encounters with the character as a reader before securing this gig?

Ian Doescher: My only exposure to Deadpool before this project was the movie, which I loved.

My kids want to see it, and the answer is no.

When I started working with Marvel on the comic, I started digging into past issues to get a better sense of his world

Marvel.com: What makes Deadpool a uniquely appropriate character for this kind of story to be built around?

Ian Doescher: First off, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall regularly, like so many Shakespearean characters do in their soliloquies or asides to the audience. More than that, he’s a trickster character who has a Shakespearean-sized wit. He reminds me of some of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most sarcastic characters: Benedick from “Much Ado About Nothing” for sure, but also Iago from “Othello” and Hamlet.

Marvel.com: What other Marvel characters end up being pulled into this Shakespeare world?

Ian Doescher: I’m tempted to say you’ll have to wait and read it, but the honest answer is…just Deadpool. We discussed whether some of the other characters should double as Marvel characters, and ultimately decided against it.

Marvel.com: Should fans anticipate the story will follow the basic plot structure of “Merchant of Venice” or is that just a name that was ripe to have “Mercenary” subbed into?

Ian Doescher: No, there’s almost nothing of “The Merchant of Venice” in my DEADPOOL issue. “The Merc of Menace” just has a nice Shakespearean overtone to it.

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