Well, with the word "Dead" in his name, it had to come at some point. Nerdist has news from Marvel that Deadpool will die in a specially numbered Deadpool #250 (although still Deadpool #45 for ordering purposes) this April. Nerdist frames the story as "the end of Deadpool at Marvel Comics," but given the history of superhero deaths, the jury is still out on any finality like that... especially since Marvel has teased Deadpool's death in the past.
"... [Deadpool #250] is a story that we really have been building to since the first issue of Deadpool NOW," Duggan says to Nerdist. "And it will absolutely feel – it will feel, I hope, readers will think that this is an appropriate end for this Deadpool. We’ve tied in with some events – the last couple, we did Axis and we did Original Sin, and I think both of those were very good opportunities for Deadpool. It's not like we're sort of doing this just to do it. We're doing it because it makes sense."
Duggan adds that "your head will explode" when the it's revealed how exactly Deadpool will die. He goes on to reveal that the issue will be a "celebratory roast" of Deadpool by the entire Marvel Universe after he summons them with his newly acquired Infinity Gauntlet.
Here is the solicitation for this "final" issue:
DEADPOOL #250 (A.K.A. issue #45)
Written by GERRY DUGGAN, BRIAN POSEHN, BEN ACKER, BEN BLACKER, NICK GIOVANETTI, PAUL SCHEER, JASON MANTZOUKAS, MIKE DRUCKER, & MORE
Penciled by MIKE HAWTHORNE, SCOTT KOBLISH, & MORE
Cover by SCOTT KOBLISH
That’s right—if you add together all the Deadpool series (creatively) issue 45 is the big 250th issue of Deadpool! What better way to celebrate than to end the series? In our over-sized main story, ULTIMATUM comes at Deadpool for revenge, so he has no choice but to take them on—ALL OF THEM. Then, in an Infinity Gauntlet crossover, what would Deadpool do if he got the six gems from Thanos? Plus: a slew of stories showcasing Deadpool’s closest friends and allies by special guest writers! Also, SPOILER: Deadpool dies at the end of the issue.
Although the "#250" designation for Deadpool #45 might seem like a bit of a jump considering the current title is only just reaching #40, editor Jordan D. White says he has tabulated all of the various Deadpool issues since his debut to come up with this cumulative numbering of 250.
Duggan describes this special issue as a "companion piece, in a spirital sense" to the earlier wedding issue, both for the size and scope" but also as a "bookend" for Deadpool's life.
Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld told Newsarama this announcement was both "excited" and "elated" at this announcement.
"I'm elated that Deadpool has finally been targeted for termination!" Liefeld said. "It's very exciting and should be great fun for all involved! Yay Death of Deadpool!"
Newsarama suggested in the past that killing Deadpool would make perfect story sense.
"As Marvel's resident fourth-wall breaking, absurdist superhero, who better to explore the often ripe-for-parody phenomenon of superhero death than the guy who sports it in his own name?" we once asked.
"Here's our pitch: Kill him (doesn't matter how), but then continue to follow his story in the pages of his monthly series as he navigates the afterlife in his unique style, poking a little fun at some of the conventions and clichés of death in comics, and fighting for his unalienable superhero rights to get a second crack at the mortal plane."
Perhaps "Deadpool Goes to Hell" or "Deadpool: Afterlife"?
Asked by Newsarama if there would be any Deadpool titles in May 2015, Marvel Comics declined comment.
Deadpool #45 featuring the death of Deadpool goes on sale this April.