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This world isn't fair, Teddy. But look. There's a better one, right in there. A shared escapist universe built by hundreds of human creators over decades... a singular linked vision. It's real! I can almost touch it! It's been calling to me! I know that!
~ Gwen to her brother.
I just need a power strong enough to make me more interesting to readers. Or compelling enough that writers reach for me as their quirky wild card in team books.
~ Gwenpool showing her medium awareness.

Gwenpool (real name Gwendolyn "Gwen" Poole), is a fictional character and superheroine who appears in American comic books published by Marvel comics, appearing as the main protagonist of her own series called The Unbelievable Gwenpool.

She also shares the similarities of Deadpool due to both being mercenaries and having awareness that their in comic books, with the former having this ability due to living in a universe where Marvel heroes only exist in comic books. She and her brother Teddy were sent to the prime universe by unknown reasons, but Gwen would become a mercenary and due to her extensive knowledge of the Marvel universe, had the advantage against opponents.

She was created by Chris Bachalo, Jordan D. White, Heather Antos and Christopher Hastings, and first appeared in Howard the Duck Vol 6 #1 in November of 2015.


Early Life

Gwendolyn "Gwen" Poole was born in Brooklyn, New York and is the daughter of Ted and Martha Poole, the sister to Teddy Poole, Jr., and was born in the TRN565 universe. This Earth was different from others, where superheroes and supervillains were fictional characters that manifested through comics and other media. Gwen would drop out of high school when she was a teenager, and felt isolated due to her friends moving on with their lives and her being unable to find a profession. As a result, Gwen became addicted to comic books, reading them to ignore her problems and fantasize about becoming a superheroine.

Becoming Gwenpool

At some point, Gwen and Teddy were sent to the prime universe by unknown means, but the two were separated upon arrival. Realizing that she was in a universe where superheroes and supervillains existed, Gwen decided to not be a bystander and went to a costume tailor to receive a suit. The tailor would misread Gwen's name as "Gwenpool", and she decided to go with the name and started her first adventure by stealing a virus from the thief Black Cat. She then proceeded to sell it to HYDRA since she thought the Avengers would deal with it, and she later decided to become mercenary to kill Howard the Duck. However, he made Gwen see the error of her ways of seeing the Marvel characters as nothing but fiction. Gwen later worked with Howard to obtain the virus from HYDRA, thus redeeming herself in the process.

Needing a job to live within the prime universe, Gwenpool decided to become a mercenary, receiving contracts hits from the tailor that gave her suit. During one mission, Gwenpool murdered M.O.D.O.K. Superior, whom wanted her to join his group after the loss of one of his hitmen. Joining the group, Gwenpool received training from her teammate Batroc the Leaper, and served M.O.D.O.K. until he was unable to pay her due to lack of back records. Gwen then went to Doctor Strange, who transplanted a trace of Gwen's existence from her universe to his, allowing her to get paid. However, M.O.D.O.K. would learn that she was just a normal person with no skills, and decided to kill her. She managed to escape due to Batroc's training and some luck, and defeated the supervillain with the assistance of the ghost of Cecil, a hacker that she previously befriended.

After M.O.D.O.K.'s defeat, Gwen became the head of his group and represented Vincent Doonan, but he betrayed her when he tried to turn her over to the Teuthidans. While trying to escape, Gwen learned that Doonan was secretly a Doombot, and she traveled to Bay Ridge to save her friends. After saving her teammates, they decided to dissolve M.O.D.O.K. completely, and Gwenpool returned to taking jobs from her tailor once again. Soon after, Gwen was captured by Allene Green, an evil clone of Squirrel Girl, and was imprisoned in the Negative Zone. While there, she would be assisted by the real Squirrel Girl and others to defeat Allene and escape, but she would go into hiding when the second superhuman civil war commenced. Once the war was over, Gwenpool returned and continued her contracts, and came into conflict with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. The three would later work together to stop Reeve from killing Captain Marvel, as Gwen believed that the comic book they were in was written by a big name who had editorial control to kill Danvers.

Afterward, Gwenpool wanted to join the Champions after M.O.D.O.K. was dissolved, but her violent methods were disliked by the team. She assisted them in discovering who was corrupt within Daly County's police, but was annoyed that it wasn't a supervillain behind the events, but Sheriff Studdard.


Gwenpool has loose morals, and is especially reckless, which stem primarily from her belief that she comes from the "real world" and that she lives inside a comic book. Believing she is the protagonist of her own series of comic books, she has the belief that things will naturally full into place for her, and that she cannot die, leading to her jumping head long into dangerous situations, and knowing she has to survive. This was particularly true in her most early establishments as she "knew" that she couldn't be killed off that early (leading to her leaping off a building only to survive by a conveniently placed truck full of pillows, among other things). She also believes the world in general runs on typical fictional cliches, and tropes. This gives her a disregard for the lives of "extras", particularly insisting that it doesn't matter what happens to certain people as they were just made up for her to kill anyway.

She does, however, want to do the right thing most of the time, and truly wants to be a hero, especially caring for her friends, and the fellow characters that she admires. However, her total belief that the world around her is entirely fictitious, and the resulting mayhem and disregard for consequence, that results due to this fourth wall awareness, is constantly getting in the way of this. She often develops existential conflict over her place within the Marvel universe, and as the "main character" of her believed comic book series, particularly whenever something occurs that defies her expectations on how she believes a protagonist's life should be.

Powers and Abilities

Gwenpool has vast knowledge of the Marvel Universe from comic books in her universe, such as every secret identity of heroes and villains. She has used this information to take down Black Cat's criminal empire and to stop Jane Foster (Thor) from attacking her. Her medium awareness over the idea that she is in a comic book also allows her understand tropes, and comic book cliches, which she can implement to specific situations to gain an advantage, something which others often consider to be her sheer dumb luck.

She has also been shown implementing this medium awareness to give others an upper-hand by manipulating said medium and it's writers. This was the case when she asked a police woman to say her name, knowing that if the writers give her a name they must have intentions of her being more then just a disposable extra, thus ensuring she won't die.

Her perception of the comic book universe has advanced to the point where she is able to engage in direct medium interaction. This gives her the ability to manipulate the fourth wall, such as transporting herself between panels and pages, breaking the boundaries of the panels, and even rip apart the panel borders and tear open the pages she resides on.

She can also directly see what is transpiring on the comic book pages, thus allowing her to see other people's flashbacks, and even bring things from those flashbacks into reality. This was shown when she manifested the "evil Gwenpool" from Mile Morales's flashback panels into reality. This gives her the power of the manipulation of the space and time around her, as well as knowledge of it, on a level almost akin to a God.


Gwenpool's knowledge of the Marvel Universe and its unique, fictional nature makes her reckless and irresponsibly violent. Thus, she prefers to use large guns and other extreme weaponry. For example, she used rocket launchers and katanas in the past.


Video Games

  • In Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, she was voiced by Becca Stewart.

Web Series

  • In Marvel TL;DR's Gwenpool Holiday Special, she was voiced by Brenna Hines.


  • The character was created from concept design of Spider-Gwen variants, with her being a combination of Spider-Gwen and Deadpool, which gained traction and allowed the writers to create her comics.


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