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Brake, Matthew. "Deadpool as Philosophy: Using humor to rebel against the system." The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy 2023. Accessed 11Jan. 2024. <>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97134-6_42-1
BibTeX citation key: Brake2023
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Keywords: "Deadpool", Adaptation, Film adaptation, Humor, Philosophy, Superhero, USA
Creators: Brake, Engels, Johnson, Kowalski, Lay
Publisher: Springer (Cham)
Collection: The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy
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When it first came out in theatres, Deadpool became one of the highest grossing rated-R movies of all time. With its violence and fourth wall-breaking humor, Deadpool energized the superhero genre at a time when all the major studios were simply trying to copy the Marvel Studios brand. But does this blood-soaked movie filled with dick jokes provide more than mere escapist entertainment? In this essay, I will argue that Deadpool offers insight into the role that humor can play in causes of liberation in a threefold way: liberation of the self, liberation from systems of oppression, and liberation for the superhero movie genre itself.
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