In the wake of Death of Wolverine, someone’s out to desecrate the memory of the long-time hero and make off with his DNA. Fortunately, his friends from the unlikely brotherhood of the Weapon Plus program – Captain America and Deadpool – want to protect their fallen comrade’s memory. This October 29 (Newsarama Note: due to delays on the main Death of Wolverine series, this date is subject to change), Marvel is releasing the one-shot Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America that sees this unlikely duo reunite – under extraordinary circumstances.
A lot has changed since 2013’s Deadpool arc which saw these three Weapon Plus alums team-up; Wolverine’s death is imminent, and Rogers is losing his youth, his vigor and his powers as his Super-Soldier Serum expires. But serum or not, Rogers gets back into action – and calls in the MErc with a Mouth – to protect the memory of their fallen ally. Newsarama spoke with Duggan about this special one-shot spinning out of Death of Wolverine and picking up threads from the earlier Deadpool arc.
Newsarama: Gerry, what brings Deadpool to wade into the aftermath of the death of Wolverine?
Gerry Duggan: A call from his old pal Steve Rogers. The comic came together with a pitch to editors Jordan White and Mike Marts. Both editors were very supportive and the result is one of my favorite Deadpool scripts. Scott Kolins is turning it into one of my favorite Deadpool comics. I’m sorry Logan had to die, but getting this comic created is well worth the sacrifice.
Nrama: This story unfolds because someone is out to obtain – and utilize – the departed Wolverine’s DNA. Who’s behind it all?
Duggan: Probably a lot of fools, but in this case it’s A.I.M. They’re up to no good.
This is a chance for both Wade and Steve to do some good for their departed friend, but it’s also a chance for the two to remember Logan. Each has a fond memory to share with the other about Logan.
Nrama: You say “old pal Steve Rogers” earlier, and you mean it – this is the aged Steve Rogers after the Super Soldier Serum wears out on him. How would you describe Steve at this point, for this comic?
Duggan: He’s officially Clint Eastwood now. He gets rough with some bad guys, and that’s fun to see an old timer go ham.
Nrama: This seems like a sequel of sorts to the recent Deadpool arc seeing Wade, Cap and Wolverine team-up – but sans Logan. How would you describe Steve & Wade here as a duo?
Duggan: “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” brought them closer together. There’s a sequence we get to see that happened not long after Deadpool #19. Deadpool downplays the significance, but Logan’s friendship during this time means a lot to him.
Nrama: You mentioned Scott Kolins, your artist on this earlier. You seem excited for his work, but elaborate for us -- what’s it like having this veteran DC/Marvel artist with you on this Deadpool/Cap team-up?
Duggan: He’s pouring so much love into these pages, it’s really a joy to see. His action is fantastic, and fluid, the drama of the pages particularly the flashbacks and the end of the issue is really intense. Best of all, Scott nails the gags too. Page one has one of my favorite gags in a while. Deadpool only heard how Logan died, and we get a hilarious visualization from Scott about how Deadpool is imagining it. I hope somebody makes a shirt of it one day.
Nrama: Last question – there’s also news of a new Weapon X program starting up in the aptly titled Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program. Wade, as a product of that program in a previous iteration, might have some feelings about it coming back to life – what would you say that is?
Duggan: I’d say that would get his Irish up...