‘Deadpool’ May Have Made This Obscure, Irrelevant Superhero Something Special
Now I haven’t seen ‘Deadpool’ yet but at the same time I haven’t been living under a rock. After consulting with my colleagues here at Double Toasted I got a pretty good idea of how the movie plays out. One character that I was curious about was Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who was a minor character who appeared in a few New X-Men comics back in 2001. If you’re wondering just how minor of a character she was heres a little history on Negasonic Teenage Warhead courtesy of Marvel.com:
Ellie Phimister was a teenage student in Emma Frost’s telepathy class in Genosha. During a tutoring session, Ellie informed Emma Frost of the same nightmares she had 50 times the previous night when everyone in Genosha died. Instantly after she reported this to Miss Frost, Cassandra Nova’s Sentinels appeared and wiped out all of Genosha. Emma Frost, who survived the attack thanks to her secondary mutation, carried Ellie’s dead body.
So yeah, she basically dies in the same issue she debuted in, only to appear again twice in later issues in a flashback and is ressurected only to be killed again in that issue. So needless to say sky was the limit with this character, Fox had total free range to alter the character as they saw fit and no one would really care. Writer Rhett Reese said:
We changed her to having this kind of explosive… because just the sound of the name – “Warhead” – implies to us that she could kind of become a human bomb, and we ran with that. There will be a few people offended by that, but she wasn’t a major enough character that I think we won’t piss too many people off.
That power is 100% better than her just having the power of telepathy and with a name like Negasonic Teenage Warhead you have to make a bad ass character with bad ass powers. So I’m totally on board with studios taking obscure superheros and revamping them into something we’ve never heard of or seen before.
‘Deadpool’ opens this Friday.