When you think of gothic, brooding characters in the Marvel universe, you’re probably going to conjure names like Nico Minoru, Blade, and the star of 2022’s most successful movie, Morbius. Deadpool, enjoyer of unicorns and hater of skincare routines, is probably the last name you’d come up with, yet he feels right at home in Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
The first DLC character coming as part of the game’s beefy, somewhat costly Season Pass, Deadpool is an extremely fun, somewhat broken character who can really slice and blast through enemies with ease if your abilities line up properly — though that can honestly be said of most heroes.
What makes Deadpool such an interesting in Marvel’s Midnight Suns is that his En Fuego passive gives him buffs after eliminating enemies, but he loses it every time he takes damage. The way this affects composition is fascinating, especially when you have heroes alongside him like Wolverine that can taunt. With a little bit of strategising, Deadpool can pull off moves like Mag Dump, in which he just straight up shoots people a lot, and deal hundreds of points of damage for low heroism requirements. Combine this with an ability like All Together Now, which gives Deadpool En Fuego if a teammate KOs an enemy, and you have some absurdly high damage multipliers to look forward to.
It’s not just the combat capabilities that makes Deadpool such a fun addition to Midnight Suns, though, as Nolan North’s return to the voice booth is a welcome, with the legendary voice actor just as enthusiastic to be in the role as he was for Deadpool’s own supremely underrated solo game. Sure, he’s neutered a little bit here (he’s practically a nun by comparison), but Deadpool’s fourth wall breaks and Blade and Hunter’s generally flustered reactions to his nonsense are still likely to raise a chuckle or two.
Then there’s the story, which, while certainly brief, does kick off a few narrative threads that are more like the gothic stories Midnight Sons fans might expect. There’s very little that can be divulged here without spoiling proceedings, but let’s just say it doesn’t suck and also it does suck. That will make sense once you start playing.
The first of Midnight Suns’ DLC additions isn’t Blood and Wine levels of expansion on the main game, but it’s a promising start. With more items to unlock and new facilities around the Abbey to install, as well as one very charming finger puppet show to enjoy, the Deadpool DLC really sticks the (superhero) landing. Here’s how to get your hands on him in-game.
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