Comic Book / Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
He won't rest until he's killed the entire Marvel Universe... Because you demanded it. Still funny? Eat your heart out, Frank!

What if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool was actually just disturbing? What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe? What if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you?

A four-part elseworld story in which an alternate version of Deadpool, caught by the X-Men, is taken to Ravencroft Asylum and put under the care of a psychiatrist named Dr. Benjamin Brighton. But, unknown to the heroes, Benjamin Brighton is in reality the microverse villain Psycho-Man in disguise, who is using his position to break the villains under his care so he can shape them into his own private army.

Unfortunately, his process works all too well and Deadpool loses the wacky voices in his head, only for them to be replaced by a single new one in a crimson box, a bloodthirsty one that sends him on a new one-man war against the Marvel Universe. And in this war, no one is safe.

No one.

The series spawned two sequels. Deadpool Killustrated follows the same version of Deadpool after murdering his way through dozens of alternate Marvel universes. He decided to go a little deeper and start hunting down the classics of literature: Dracula, Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, Captain Ahab, and more. After that, there's Deadpool Kills Deadpool, in which this version, which we're calling "Dreadpool", hunts down the other versions of Deadpool, including the Deadpool Corps versions.

Not to be confused with The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, which doesn't have as high a death toll.


  • And I Must Scream: The fate of anyone inside Dreadpool's anti-regeneration traps.
  • Anyone Can Die: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, The Watcher, the creative team at Marvel. One of Dreadpool's ultimate goals in Killustrated is to pollute all fiction with this kind of thing, fitting the genre or not. The only subversion is in Deadpool Kills Deadpool since the 616 Deadpool would be understandably off-limits while he had several ongoings. Granted this did allow 616 Deadpool to finally apply this to Dreadpool.
  • Artistic License: Even for the series' rather loose standards. When the Punisher goes after Deadpool, he has the barrel of his rifle sticking several feet out the window. As the film Shooter pointed out, this is a really bad idea, given that it's much more visible, and increases the risk of light off the scope being seen. Which, in fact, is actually seen happening. This is not a mistake an experienced veteran Force Recon Marine—which both Frank and Swagger are—would make.
  • Badass Crew: In the sequel, a team is gathered by Sherlock Holmes consisting of Doctor Watson, Beowulf, Hua Mulan, and Natty Bumppo to combat Dreadpool. In the third sequel, we have Deadpool, Lady Deadpool, Pulppool, Pandapool, and the Deadpool Watcher. Later backed by Duckpool, Grootpool, and the Chibi Deadpool from the recap pages of the main book.
  • Bears are Bad News: Subverted with Pandapool.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Deadpool kills Dreadpool, fucking kills him dead, but all his buddies from the Deadpool Corps are dead, not to mention several other multiverses have been destroyed. On the upside, creation will survive since Dreadpool failed to kill Sherlock Holmes who takes it upon himself to will the classics back to life. It'll take awhile but the comic implies he'll eventually succeed.
  • Breaking Speech: Deadpool kills Deadpool ends with :mainstream Deadpool defeating Dreadpool by verbally tearing apart his motivations until he ends up having a My God, What Have I Done? moment. In the end, he barely resists at all when getting beheaded.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The lucky ones are the ones Dreadpool straight up kills.
  • Combat Pragmatist: What's most terrifying about Dreadpool's rampage is that the vast majority of his kills are from pragmatism and outsmarting his opponents rather than any kind of fair fight. This usually ends with a good number of them dying before they even see Dreadpool or even know what's coming.
    • Spider-Man is killed by Deadpool shooting him at point-blank when Spidey is holding him up.
    • The Avengers are mostly dispatched by Deadpool planting Pym Particles in their meeting room to blow most of them up. Luke Cage, who didn't die from this, gets killed by bombs inside his body he unwittingly got from drinking coffee. Thor is dispatched by Dreadpool increasing the size of his hammer to huge proportions and sending it right back at him.
    • The Hulk is simply decapitated as Bruce Banner when he's tired and sleeping from having torn Dreadpool apart. Banner neglected to account for his healing factor.
    • The X-Men are slaughtered by a massive, intricate deathtrap designed by Arcade, exploiting their powers and using them against them. Wolverine is the only one who gets to Deadpool, but Deadpool has a Carbonadium blade handy.
    • The Punisher is lured into a trap using Puppet Master wearing a copy of Dreadpool's costume as bait. Dreadpool then uses one of Puppet Master's dolls to easily kill him. He then uses the dolls to effortlessly murder all the cosmic heroes and villains without having to leave the planet.
    • Dreadpool and Taskmaster face down for one final fight in the Man-Thing's swamp. When Dreadpool deliberately enables Taskmaster to mimic him, Taskmaster is horrified when he realizes the truth, enabling Man-Thing to kill him by touch.
  • Darker and Edgier: Deadpool is a silly-but-sympathetic character that likes his Black Comedy. Dreadpool is a monstrous killer that likes his Dead Baby Comedy. And, in Killustrated, he tries to pollute all fiction with it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • For Taskmaster, he was doing the job for the money... Until he sees that Dreadpool has killed the Power Pack.
    • Oddly Dreadpool has one when he confronts Dracula and see how he coldly dismisses the death of one of his brides, seeing her as nothing more then a jackal that can easily be replaced. Granted Dreadpool still kills the lot of them but finds literature Dracula more of an asshole then other forms of fiction make him out to be.
  • Fanboy: In Deadpool kills Deadpool, one version of The Watcher who observes the many Deadpools is very fond of them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Resident Butt Monkey Deadpool goes from a forth wall breaking joker to the most deadly person in the universe.
  • Gilligan Cut: After killing Thor, Deadpool comments that everything should be easy from here on. Cut to him being literally torn apart by the Hulk.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Happens to Xavier when he tries probing Dreadpool's mind. To the point where mere moments after doing so, he suffers complete brain death.
    Xavier: I'm going to make sure you never... Never... Never! Oh... I never realized...
    • Similarly, Taskmaster briefly freaks out when his powers let him figure out Deadpool's plan. Briefly because he's killed immediately afterward.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Psycho-Man wanted to make Dreadpool a more efficient killer. And he succeeded.
  • Hero Killer: And villain killer, and anti-hero killer... No one is safe!
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Xavier thought it was a good idea to put Dreadpool in the Ravenscroft Asylum under Dr. Brighton. Real smart, baldy. For that matter, Psycho-Man as Brighton himself got way more than the reaction he was expecting.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Psychotic madman Arcade is reduced to a whimpering mass of tears after seeing what Dreadpool had him build.
  • Idiot Ball: Both Invisible Woman and the Hulk forget that Deadpool has a healing factor, allowing him to kill them when they drop their guard.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Well, insomuch as a voice in your head can be, as the new voice implies it ate the previous two.
  • Infant Immortality:
    • Mr. Fantastic is able to send his children to an alternate dimension, sparing them from Deadpool's rampage.
    • Subverted by the deaths of the Power Pack, though they're off-screen.
    • And subverted again with Tom Sawyer and the youngest of the Little Women in Killustrated.
  • It's Personal: After being hired by loved ones of the deceased to kill Dreadpool, Taskmaster claims this after finding out that Dreadpool has killed Power Pack, a group of kids. For the original Deadpool, it's when Dogpool was killed.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Some of Deadpool's victims in Deadpool: Killustrated such as Brom Bones and Dorian Gray fall under this category. Given how both Bones and Gray were pretty horrible people in their respective novels, their deaths at Deadpool's hands pretty much come off as a case of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Kill 'em All: Dreadpool's plan. And not just in the Marvel Universe either.
  • Killed Offscreen: Dreadpool uses the Puppet Master's toys to kill off all the cosmic based heroes and villains, giving a brief cut into space to show the corpses of Nova and the Silver Surfer.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Upon reading Dreadpool's mind and gaining his nihilistic views on being a fictional character created to suffer for the amusement of others, Xavier goes brain-dead.
  • Moby Schtick: In Deadpool Killustrated, Captain Ahab's death at the hands of Dreadpool RetGones General Ross.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The whole mess starts with an alt-verse Professor Xavier having his Deadpool committed unaware that the asylum he sent him to was under the command of a supervillain, Psycho-Man, whose experiments silenced the voice boxes in his head which were the only thing keeping his morality in check. Once they were gone, only the red box remained who convinced Deadpool everyone had to die as a form of "mercy" from the storytellers making the comic. Cue massive multi-verse killing spree.
  • Off with His Head!: Deadpool kills the Watcher and Bruce Banner this way. He also decapitates Wolverine this way, but makes it clear he doesn't expect it to be permanent.
    • Deadpool decapitates Dreadpool in issue #4 of Deadpool Kills Deadpool.
  • Popularity Power: Acknowledged by Dreadpool as the reason why Wolverine would keep coming back no matter what he tried.
  • Professional Killer: Invoked to its fullest and deadliest extent. Dreadpool never fought fair after his transformation from Psycho Man and was a very efficient killer.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Sherlock Holmes eventually defeats Dreadpool in Killustrated, but by that point fiction had been warped into full control of the Anyone Can Die and Kill Them All tropes as he wished. Though the comic implies Holmes will eventually get the classics back through force of will.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Mainstream Deadpool manages to confront Dreadpool with how pointless and nonsensical his motives are during their final fight, resulting in Dreadpool having a My God, What Have I Done?. Deadpool congratulates him for at least admitting his mistakes... then promptly kills him anyway, as that still doesn't excuse all the death he has caused, the Deadpool Corp in particular.
  • Ret Gone: In Killustrated, Dreadpool's murder of characters from literature destroys all versions of those who have been inspired by them.
  • Russian Reversal: PANDAPOOL, the species that endangers you!
  • Shout-Out: When he kills The Punisher, he acknowledges that this is usually his thing.
  • Smart Ball: Deadpool can somehow operate Reed Richard and Hank Pym's super-technology, despite there being no indication that the procedure increased his intelligence in any way.
  • Straw Nihilist: Dreadpool's entire motive is that freedom from the horror of being a comic book character is enough to justify everything.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The miniseries ends with Dreadpool planning on killing the creative team working on the comic, and promising to come after the reader next. Ironically, it's right when they're planning how Deadpool will show up and kill the versions of them in the comic. Somehow, they completely fail to notice the man in red and black standing feet away as he talks to the audience.
    • That's because Dreadpool isn't actually standing feet away. He's standing outside the panel, and thus, outside their perception.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Dreadpool's healing factor is ramped up several magnitudes. It's the only reason he survives most of his encounters.
    • The sisters of Little Women manage to force Dreadpool to use a weapon he planned to use against stronger opponents.
      • Sherlock Holmes of all people defeats Dreadpool and saves creation.
  • Villain Protagonist: Dreadpool isn't really meant to be sympathetic, and one of the major themes of the series is critique of the use of Darker and Edgier content in place of actual storytelling. Also, the third installment has him as more of the antagonist when his original counterpart steps in.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Dreadpool's solution to Spider-Man. He even mocks Spidey's rogues gallery for not thinking of it themselves. (Funnily enough, they have tried that. Plenty of times. It's just his spider sense has always taken care of it before.)
  • You Bastard: As indicated by the series tagline (as seen in the page quote), the series is in part a response to comic fans who want more gore and death because they think it's 'cool', 'badass' or 'fun' in their comics. In this series, Dreadpool kills off lots of people in horrific ways, and keeps breaking the fourth wall and asking the reader if they're having fun yet. It's a key plot point in Killustrated.
  • Your Head Asplode: The Invisible Woman creates a force-field inside Deadpool's head and expands it. Good Thing You Can Heal!

Alternative Title(s): Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe