“Ultimate Deadpool,” Season 2, Episode 16, 2013
Deadpool hasn’t made a lot of appearances in Marvel cartoons over the years, mostly because he’s not the most kid-friendly character in the world. He’s violent, he kills people and, unlike, say, Wolverine, who also does those things, he more often than not has no remorse about it.
That said, DP is known for breaking the fourth wall, a trait shared by the version of Spider-Man proffered on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man.
Cartoon Deadpool is a flashier, more heightened version of cartoon Spidey. He talks to camera, he uses video game logic and he even has a little Skottie Young version of himself who pops up for asides and gags. Actor Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) voices Wade as a shriller version of Drake Bell’s Peter Parker.
Are there jokes about pouches? Hell yes, there are jokes about pouches!
Within the world of the show, Deadpool is a former SHIELD trainee who decided to become a “freelance hero” (mercenary) and make lots of money “un-aliving” people. In this particular episode, he’s on the trail of Taskmaster, a previous baddie on the cartoon and someone long linked to Deadpool in the comics. Old Tasky has a file with all the dirt on every superhero who works for SHIELD, so Spidey tags along with DP on a mission to retrieve it and a missing SHIELD Agent MacGuffin who, spoilers, doesn’t actually exist.
Spidey takes issue with Deadpool’s pro-kill lifestyle, and after Taskmaster is webbed up and out of the way, the two come to blows via fantasy fight. Said fight involves the It’s a Small World ride at Disney World, giant chickens, cows with toupees and a rumination on the classic Silver Age phrase “Go soak your head,” all before Deadpool escapes via jetpack. His last words: “Ow, my butt’s burnin’.”
If you’re a fan of Deadpool-Spidey team-ups, a new series that does exactly that launches Jan. 6 from Marvel, reuniting the original Deadpool ongoing team of writer Joe Kelly and artist Ed McGuinness. In a word, squee.