Study Guide

Deadpool Love

Love

DEADPOOL: Love is a beautiful thing. When you find it, the whole world tastes like Daffodil Daydream. So you've gotta hold onto love tight— Deadpool grips Dopinder's finger. Dopinder winces.

DEADPOOL: And never let go. Don't make the same mistakes I did. Got it? 

DOPINDER: Yeah. 

DEADPOOL: Or else the whole world tastes like Mama June after hot yoga.

We won't recap Deadpool's elaboration on what, exactly, that tastes like, but needless to say, it's bad. What's less clear is what Deadpool regrets here; what he thinks were mistakes. He's the one who walked out on Vanessa, remember?

DEADPOOL: You're probably thinking, "My boyfriend said this was a superhero movie, but that guy in the red suit just turned that other guy into a f***ing kebab!" Well, I may be super, but I am no hero. And yeah, technically this is a murder, but some of the best love stories start with a murder. And that's exactly what this is: a love story.

See? We told you that Deadpool thinks this is a love story, and he's right. His love of Vanessa is his main motivation for finding Ajax: first so Ajax can fix Deadpool's face so Vanessa won't recoil in horror when she sees him sans mask; and second so Deadpool can murder him, too.

WADE: Listen, I've been thinking…

VANESSA: Really.

WADE: About why we're so good together.

VANESSA: Why's that?

WADE: Well, your crazy matches my crazy. Big time.

VANESSA: Hmm.

WADE: And, uh, we're like two jigsaw pieces; you know, the weird, curvy edges.

VANESSA: You put them together and you can see the picture on top.

WADE: Right.

Solid analogy, Wade. Well done.

WADE: What if I just held on and never let go?

VANESSA: Just ride a b****'s back like Yoda on Luke.

WADE: Oh, Star Wars jokes.

VANESSA: Empire.

WADE: Jesus Christ. It's like I made you in a computer.

Being an origin story, Deadpool has to pack a lot of relationship development into a very short slice of narrative time. It does so through montage, but also through exchanges like this, and especially lines such as "It's like I made you in a computer" that clue us in to exactly what Wade values and loves about Vanessa.

WADE: Vanessa's already working on Plan A, B, all the way through Z. Me? I'm memorizing the details of her face, like it's the first time I'm seeing it. Or the last.

This is one of the first times we get the idea that Wade's going to leave Vanessa "for her own good" or to "spare her" from his cancer. We're slapping some heavy quotes around those ideas because, when it comes right down to it, Wade is saving Wade from pain just as much, if not more, as he is saving Vanessa.

VANESSA: …You're not going anywhere. Drink. Vanessa hands him a glass.

WADE: You're right. Cancer is only in my liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. All things I can live without. He drinks. It tastes terrible.

VANESSA: You belong here at home, surrounded by your Voltron and your Bernadette and your me.

Wade's glib attitude toward his diagnosis is frustrating to Vanessa. What she's saying here is that Wade belongs at home surrounded by the things he loves, and the woman who loves him right back.

DEADPOOL: I didn't just get the cure to el cáncer. I got the cure to el everything. But there was only one thing that really mattered.

Spoiler alert: It's Vanessa.

WADE: Every time I see her, it's like the first time—especially from this angle.

Just in case it wasn't clear, Wade loves Vanessa inside and out.

WADE: Come on, get it together. This isn't about me; this is about Vanessa.

Say what now? Wade tells himself this in the bathroom mirror at the strip club, right after he chickened out about finally talking to Vanessa and revealing that he's BEEN ALIVE THIS WHOLE TIME. So much of Wade's quest to get revenge on Ajax, get his face fixed, and return to Vanessa has been all about Wade; this grimy moment of self-awareness is refreshing. Of course, if Wade hadn't chickened out and ran into the bathroom to give himself a pep talk, Ajax never would've kidnapped Vanessa in the first place, but…

We'll take it.

DEADPOOL: See? You don't need to be a superhero to get the girl. The right girl will bring out the hero in you.

Aaand we're right back to everything being all about Deadpool. To be fair, the movie is called Deadpool, we guess, but…Vanessa serves as Deadpool's motivation to wipe out the bad guys, and she forgives him for walking out on her, hiding from her, and pretending to be dead super-quickly.

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