The Oddball Couple
Spider-Man/Deadpool could be the Marvel Team-Up from hell
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.