Though he’ll always be timeless to us, it’s somehow been 33 years since Rob Liefeld co-created our favorite wise-cracking, sarcastic, and foul-mouthed Marvel mutant, Deadpool. And now, the artist and writer says that he’ll be stepping down from his position as “the Deadpool Daddy” and retiring from the comic after his swan song comes out over the summer. While the character will likely continue on his misadventures just under new eyes, Liefeld’s influence will absolutely be missed.
Rob Liefeld Retiring From Deadpool
The Deadpool co-creator shared the bittersweet news to his X (formerly Twitter) account, delivering the tough blow to his dedicated fandom who have supported both him and the character for over three decades. The crux of it all, Liefeld said, was his age as at 57 years old, he simply thinks it’s time to back away from the page before his “hand-eye coordination” completely gets away from him.
One Final, Epic Story
As for that final creation, before he leaves his life as a comic book artist and writer behind, Liefeld says that he has “one last crazy Deadpool” trick up his sleeve. The last project stems from the story that began in 2015 in the character’s first graphic novel and round out a career that has seen Liefeld complete more than 1000 pages in the story of his “Mercenary Misfit.”
Winning Over Hearts Since 1991
Since the character’s debut in The New Mutants #98 in 1991, Deadpool has grown in popularity as a hero separate from the rest with his fourth-wall-breaks and completely different style of handing down justice as he sees fit.
The first comic was created by Liefeld and his co-pilot Fabian Nicieza and launched a fruitful career for both creatives. The newest addition to the mutant family would also be a huge win for Marvel which was going through somewhat of a downturn during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Deadpool 3: Marvel’s Savior
History has a funny way of repeating itself as it seems that the maniacal mercenary will again be saving Marvel just in a different way when Deadpool 3 arrives in theaters later this year. There’s no arguing that Marvel Studios have seen a bit of a slump – particularly over the last year – with 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and The Marvels not necessarily being the biggest slam dunks at the box office.
While Sony technically holds the rights to the Deadpool cinematic franchise, the third installment falls along the MCU timeline, with Marvel Studios also having a hand in its creation.
Deadpool 3 Releases This Summer
Arriving on screens on July 26, 2024, Deadpool 3 will pick up with Ryan Reynolds’s perfect take on the sword-slinging character who finds himself on a brand new adventure with his number one rival – Logan Howlett aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).
Though they may hate one another with a fiery passion, when they’re presented with a common enemy, they can’t help but fight side by side. The movie will also bring back a slew of familiar faces including Morena Baccarin who plays Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s fiancée, Vanessa, and Brianna Hildebrand’s young mutant, Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Though Rob Liefeld may be bidding adieu to his vision behind Deadpool, we’re thrilled that he’ll at least be going out with a bang as he pens one final story. Beyond that, we can’t wait to see who steps up and becomes our fill-in Deadpool Daddy – or step-daddy as it may be.