No matter how you slice it, Wolverine and Deadpool are two of Marvel Comics’ most popular and unique characters - despite their many similarities. First and foremost on their list of common traits is a healing factor, a superpower that originated in the mutant known as Logan and was then grafted onto Wade Wilson, but there are some key differences in how that ability works for each of them - which raises the question of whether Wolverine or Deadpool heals faster. Are either the Merc with the Mouth or the Best There is at What he Does truly unkillable?
Though each of the violent vigilantes has limitations when it comes to healing, in practical terms both of them are among the most indestructible superheroes in the business. They have each perished on a handful of occasions, but they’ve always managed to make it back to the land of the living - and they’ve also survived some truly grisly injuries in the meantime.
Wolverine Survived Every Terminal Disease In Existence - At The Same Time
With his healing factor constantly at work, Logan is functionally immune to all manner of virus and disease, unless there is some sort of complicating factor involved. And, boy, did Wolverine ever find a complicating factor in Uncanny X-Force #3.
On a mission to take out Apocalypse once and for all, Wolverine found himself in a showdown with the Horseman of Death, and it didn’t go particularly well. Death used his powers to infect Wolverine with every terminal disease known to humanity - at the same time! This caused the ol’ Canucklehead extreme pain and briefly overwhelmed his healing factor, and he was fortunate to be bailed out by his X-Force teammates before it was too late.Are you convinced?
Wolverine Might Live Until The End Of Time Via The Phoenix Force
Wolverine is already at least a century old, and there are many alternate timelines and possible futures that portray him as living much longer than that. Only one of them, however, - a future first glimpsed in Marvel Legacy #1 - depicts Logan lasting until the end of time.
Set thousands of years ahead of the mainstream Marvel Universe, the saga of King Thor tells the tale of an ancient Odinson trying his best to hold off the end of the universe. Along the way, he encounters his old pal Wolverine - kept alive all this time by the Phoenix Force, a cosmic being of unimaginable force to used to spend its time with an old flame of his.Are you convinced?
Deadpool Has Been Literally Cursed With Eternal Life By Thanos
For at least a few decades of his published history, Wade Wilson wasn’t just unkillable, he literally couldn’t die. A long-time running Marvel Comics gag is that Death, the physical embodiment of mortality in the form of a skeleton lady, has a major crush on Deadpool - something that has caused her other love interest, Thanos the Mad Titan, no shortage of charging.
After the Merc with the Mouth had his first brush with the afterlife near Deadpool #64, he spent some quality time with Death, only to be improbably ripped back to the land of the living. Unbeknownst to him, it turned out that Deadpool had been “cursed” with eternal life by Thanos - for the express purpose of keeping Deadpool away from the object of his infatuation.
In current continuity, it’s a little touch-and-go as to whether or not this curse still applies, though it should be noted that Wilson did technically perish at the outset of Secret Wars - along with everyone else in the Marvel Universe.Are you convinced?
Wolverine Lived Through Multiple Nuclear Explosions
It’s long been established, both in comic books and film, that James Howlett lived through the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. Believe it or not, that’s not the only time in which the Wolverine has lived through a nuclear explosion.
Another occasion came in Venom #8, where the mutant known as Logan was serving as a guest star. The Canadian government dropped a nuke on a small town in the Northwest Territories hoping to take out the Venom symbiote, but they only succeeded in blowing up - and seriously ticking off - Wolverine. To make matters worse, Wolverine then bonded with the symbiote shortly thereafter, but that’s a story for another day.Are you convinced?