Study Guide

Deadpool Love

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How do we know that Deadpool is a love story? Because the "Merc with a Mouth" tells us so himself. Sure, he's in the middle of committing murder at the time, but let's not get too bogged down by details, shall we?

When it comes right down to it, most of Deadpool's actions throughout the film—good, bad, or otherwise—are motivated by his love for Vanessa. It's why he leaves. It's why he agrees to undergo Ajax's shady mutation procedure, and it's why he's fixated on killing Ajax, too. It's why he spends most of the film stalking Vanessa instead of talking to her, and it's why, ultimately, he takes off his mask and shows her that, underneath all those scars, he's still the same wisecracking Wham! fanatic.

Questions About Love

1. Do you think Vanessa would've stayed with Wade if given the chance?

2. Were you surprised to learn that Dopinder took Deadpool's relationship advice, and that he had his cousin in the trunk of his cab? Why or why not?

3. At the end of the film, Deadpool says, "You don't need to be a superhero to get the girl. The right girl will bring out the hero in you." What's "the hero" that Vanessa brings out in Deadpool? 

4. What do you think would happen if Vanessa asked Deadpool to join the X-Men?

Chew on This

Vanessa's great and all, but Wade's first love is himself.

The bond between Wade and Vanessa is sealed not through their shared "craziness" but because they've both survived so long in the absence of love.

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