Today is a day to celebrate. Deadpool's current series is reaching its 27th issue. It's also a day he'll (hopefully) never forget. Deadpool is getting married. But wait, didn't he already get married in the Infinite Comic, DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET? We'll get to see the actual ceremony now.
We first talked to DEADPOOL co-writer, Gerry Duggan, about the wedding right when it was announced. Because this is such a momentous occasion, and because we just wanted to talk to him again, we asked Gerry some questions about this special over-sized celebratory issue.
COMIC VINE: You mentioned before that the idea of Deadpool getting married started as a throw-away gag. Where or how did it actually first come up?
GERRY DUGGAN: It was initially a gag I wrote into THE GAUNTLET - and was revealed in the chapter where Shiklah rubbed it in Dracula's face. So - they were married in Chapter 9, and she bragged about it to Dracula. If Jordan [D. White] and Marvel had not wanted to go down the path we're going on - I would have a new character called THE ANNULER show up or something. As it was, we all chatted- and thought we could earn this as a way to move Wade Wilson forward. It's especially fun and complicated given what else is coming his way.
CV: Who is more surprised about the wedding, Deadpool or you and Brian?
GD: Nobody should be really surprised. Deadpool fought a cow. A quickie marriage is pretty far down his "CRAZY" depth chart.
CV: Will we find out where Deadpool is registered at?
GD: The only formal registration he has is with the NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS as a parolee.
CV: Was writing and scripting DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET different since you had to accommodate for the Infinite process and panels?
GD: It was neat to do an INFINITE COMIC. They're an important on-ramp to our great culture. Comics aren't on newsstands anymore. A glass surface of some kind if very likely to be a new reader's first try at comics. I'm proud of how it turned out. Much of the credit should go to Reilly Brown, the inkers, colorists and the group at Marvel that mashed it into the tablets- Jordan D White, Frankie Johnson and Ron Perazza and his team.
CV: What kind of security would be needed for Deadpool’s wedding? I’d imagine there’d be a few that would try to take advantage of the day and target Wade.
GD: I thought about that too - but they staked out a place in the park, and frankly - the invited guests are far more dangerous than anyone that would like to roll up on them to drop bodies.
CV: Will Shiklah be a main part of the series moving forward or will she appear from time to time?
GD: She's joining the supporting cast. You'll see her more than you will the others. I'm reluctant to say too much about who you'll see and for how long. She won't be the only new face after the wedding. That's all I can say, sorry.
CV: You guys are the lead writers on the series. Did you take part in the coordination of all the various stories in DEADPOOL #27 or is that more Jordan D. White’s area?
GD: Jordan is the master of the DP world, but I wrote the framing device which I hoped would accommodate our guest's stories. I think it worked well. On a personal note, everything that Deadpool NOW has accomplished has been on the backs of the old Deadpool teams. It's a special treat to have so many creators back. They made Deadpool a fan favorite. Their stories brought Deadpool popularity which in turn bought us time to tell our tales. Sometimes our predecessors were trying to tell stories while keeping an eye on a sword over their heads. It can't have been easy. I've not felt that pressure at all.
CV: Will we find out if there’s a band, DJ, or Jordan and his ukulele playing at the wedding?
GD: Jordan JUST appeared in Deadpool 24 and 25, I think there's some rule that says he can't come back for a while. Eagle-eyed readers will recognize our wedding issue DJ...
CV: You guys are fast approaching issue 30 and beyond. Will we see the series’ numbering continuing to move forward and not see the numbering relaunched?
GD: Not to dodge your question, but Marvel business affairs keeps it's own counsel. I know soon we'll be the highest numbered Marvel book, an odd quirk of the publishing plan, but it also feels like a target...all good things (and this run) must come to and end. I have an end in mind, and a ripcord to pull if I don't quite get there.
CV: Now that Deadpool’s married, how much settling down might he do? Is it possible for Deadpool to settle down?
GD: The funny thing is: he thinks he'll get the chance. He deserves a run of good luck, a good partner and some quiet time. But...Deserve's got nothing to do with it.
DEADPOOL #27 is on sale TODAY. Buy it at your local comic shop or through comiXology or the Marvel app. If you don't buy it, it'll be like kicking a puppy. So ask yourself, would you rather buy DEADPOOL #27 or kick a puppy?