The Odd­ball Couple

Spi­der-Man/Dead­pool could be the Marvel Team-Up from hell

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Hav­ing orig­i­nally col­lab­o­rated on the Merc With the Mouth’s first monthly se­ries in 1997, Joe Kelly and Ed McGuin­ness are re­unit­ing to once again chron­i­cle the Crim­son Nut­case’s in­creas­ingly sur­real ad­ven­tures. But this time they’re bring­ing the Wall-crawler with them in Spi­der-Man/Dead­pool.

“It’s what we would call a two-han­der, as you al­most trade from is­sue to is­sue who is go­ing to be the main char­ac­ter,” Kelly says. “You know that they’re both im­por­tant and funny, but they have to be funny in dif­fer­ent ways. You have to make sure that Spidey is not just the straight man and that Dead­pool isn’t al­ways the goof­ball. That evolves over time, as Dead­pool starts out crack­ing wise and be­ing a to­tal knuck­le­head, which is the Dead­pool we love, while Spidey is a bit more re­spon­si­ble.”

While he de­clines to de­tail ex­actly why the pair join forces, Kelly re­veals that they are ini­tially far from best bud­dies. “Spidey makes it clear that he wants noth­ing to do with Dead­pool,” he says. “De­spite the fact that the world seems to like Dead­pool af­ter the events of the sum­mer, Spidey is all, ‘you’re still a killer and a com­plete ma­niac!’ It takes a while for their re­la­tion­ship to warm up. And al­though each episode is a stand­alone, their over­all arc takes a while to build up.”

Spi­der-Man/Dead­pool #1 is pub­lished by Marvel on 6 Jan­uary.

Hope Dead­pool watches his lan­guage in front of Spidey.

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