So here’s a thought exercise: If it were to be sliced off in the heat of battle, could Marvel’s foul-mouthed assassin Deadpool grow his penis back? Creator Rob Liefeld has considered this question before, and the answer is a long, hard yes.
In a conversation with Inverse to discuss his forthcoming Deadpool graphic novel Deadpool: Bad Blood, Liefeld was more than ready to talk about his most famous creation’s procreation pole. Liefeld confirmed that because of the regenerative factor both Deadpool and Wolverine wield, both are able to grow back their manhoods.
“Yes, yes,” Liefeld said with a laugh. “We would never, ever live in a world where Deadpool can’t regenerate his own cock and balls.”
But Liefeld adds a new wrinkle to the thought experiment by referencing Deadpool’s fellow regenerator. What separates Wolverine from Deadpool is Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton, an “upgrade” to his biology installed by the Weapon X program. This might change exactly how Wolverine grows his cigar back. “The adamantium skeleton gives you a whole different dimension on Wolverine,” said Liefeld, leaving the exact outcome ambiguous.
But maybe it isn’t that ambiguous at all. For starters, there is no bone in the penis of human males, meaning it’s more than likely Weapon X didn’t surgically add the adamantium into Logan’s organ. Second, Wolverine’s long comic book history means he’s had some really, really, really rough days, such as the time the Punisher shot his dick off point blank in Garth Ennis’s Punisher #17. Of course, it grew back.
What’s actually unclear for both Wade Wilson and Logan is whether or not their foreskins return (we’ve considered this, don’t worry). But in spite of Wolverine’s known sexual partners, including Jean Grey, Mystique, Mariko, and more (including Red Sonja), none of them made any kind of remark about the particulars of his Weapon X.
But Deadpool’s creator adamantly believes that Wade’s dick grows back and then some. “People always ask me: If you cut off Deadpool’s head, would he generate a new body? Or would the body generate a new head?” Liefeld has a response. “He would generate a new head, and I’m telling you, he would generate a new head.”
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Deadpool: Bad Blood will be released on May 17, 2017.