Cullen Bunn wipes the slate clean and begins anew for Wade Wilson and his corruptible crew!
Deadpool does not have the best reputation for making and keeping friends; he never has. As of DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR THE MONEY #3, that old Wade Wilson charm has proven itself once again as he finds himself staring at an empty room, the Mercs spread to the wind in anger and annoyance at their boss.
What can a guy do? Well, we found the one person besides the Merc with the Mouth who might have the answer—MERCS writer Cullen Bunn—and asked him just that.
Marvel.com: As we see at the close of the latest issue, Deadpool has been left behind by the rest of the Mercs. He plays it off as being relatively unaffected. How is he really feeling? How much will you explore those feelings in the book going forward?
Cullen Bunn: First things first, Deadpool jumps into “lone wolf” mode and tries to right some wrongs—that he perpetrated, of course—by himself. That’s not going to go really well for him.
Lucky for him, this new team of mercs shows up to help him out of a jam. The members of the new team have mostly been seen in the series so far. We’ve got Domino, Machine Man, Gorilla Man, Masacre, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Eventually, Hit-Monkey joins the cast, too, but not right away.
At first, this group seems to work like a well-oiled machine, but the team dynamic is shaky at best, with loyalties—and disloyalties—forming between the various squad members. There’s a bit of mystery about a few of the mercs, too, which fuels a bit of distrust and dissent in the group.
Marvel.com: How does the new team affect Deadpool? What changes might we see in him because of them?
Cullen Bunn: Deadpool’s a roll-with-the-punches kind of guy. Being on a new team doesn’t really shake him up all that much. There is a member of the team, though, who will have a significant impact on Deadpool, and we might see a number of changes in him because of this relationship.
And Wade’s position in the team impacts him a little bit.
Marvel.com: In reference to that, from the solicits and the cover, it appears that Domino has taken the lead over Deadpool. Given their complex history, how do both parties feel about this new development?
Cullen Bunn: That’s right. When Domino shows up, she basically says “We’re the new Mercs for Money…and now I’m in charge.”
As you can imagine, Deadpool has a big problem with that little coup. He realizes he is a terrible team leader, but that doesn’t mean he wants to give up leadership. He isn’t going to take it lying down. Of course, Deadpool’s methodologies as he tries to reclaim his title are…well…let’s just say only a guy like Deadpool would try to pull off these schemes.
Marvel.com: Entering this new arc, what can you tell us about the Mercs’ mission?
Cullen Bunn: The Mercs don’t have a lot of downtime. They are taking jobs left and right to pay the bills, even subcontracting to S.H.I.E.L.D. Straight away, they tussle with the Circus of Crime. But they have an inter-team mystery on their hands that they want solved before they take too many more gigs.
The Mercs are also going to be involved in a completely bonkers adventure that has to do with the full scope of Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s powers. I can’t say much more about that one, but it is coming up soon!
Marvel.com: We know the old team has left and I don’t want to spoil if or when they are coming back. But, to keep things more general, do the original assortment of Mercs remain a factor in the book, be it physically or emotionally?
Cullen Bunn: The old Mercs will be a presence in the book, yes, and you might even see them pop up from time to time. Now, will the old Mercs for Money ever meet the new team? Hmm… It’s possible. That encounter would be kind of heated, I would think.
Marvel.com: Beyond the new team, who are other Marvel characters that readers should expect might become involved in this storyline as it progresses?
Cullen Bunn: When I wrote the first MERCS FOR MONEY series, I included tons of obscure and underused and forgotten characters. That trend will continue. You’ll see characters from all over the Marvel Universe popping up in the pages of this series. I think many of the appearances will be truly surprising. Not sure how many of those characters I should spoil, though. Oh, yeah, none of them! Buy the book. Your favorite obscure character could appear at any moment!
Marvel.com: What kind of goals do you have for the book? What about those hooks draw you to it?
Cullen Bunn: For me, this is a series about fun and mayhem. The threats the Mercs face are very dangerous, but we approach them in such a way that we’re going to enjoy the ride. I want to tell a wide range of stories with a wide range of characters. And I want this book to show that even a book with humor in it can be “important” in the Marvel Universe as a whole.
Marvel.com: How has the artistic collaborations helped the book so far? Going forward, who are you working with over the next few issues?
Cullen Bunn: Iban Coello will continue to be the main artist on the series, but Brian Level is also popping in for some of the fun. These are artists who really bring the action and dynamism and humor to a character like Deadpool, and I love seeing them draw both these wild action sequences and the quieter character moments.
Marvel.com: Taking a moment to talk directly to the fans, why should they come aboard for the Mercs for Money’s newest storyline?
Cullen Bunn: This is a brand new start for the MERCS FOR THE MONEY. A new team. New team dynamics. Shocking new powers and mysteries for the team members. New threats. Issue #4 might as well be the first issue of a new series, because I’m launching some big stories in this book. You know how you missed the Dark Phoenix Saga because you were too young to read it, you missed the issue, or you just didn’t bother to pick up those books. Don’t make that mistake here.
Everything changes for DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY beginning with issue #4 in October!