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"Unalive" Is Not Just For Deadpool, It's For Ms Marvel Too

It is often Marvel creates a brand new word used everywhere. But they did with "unalive in Deadpool. Ten years later, Ms Marvel picks it up.

Article Summary

  • "Unalive" first used by Deadpool in Ultimate Spider-Man in 2013.
  • The term went viral on social media, dodging online censors.
  • Ms Marvel adopts "unalive" in her latest New Mutant issue.
  • Iman Vellani might be the influence for the term in Ms Marvel.

It is not often that Marvel creates a brand new word that gets used everywhere. But they did with "unalive in Deadpool. First being used in season two episode 13 of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon ten years ago, in 2013. With Deadpool saying he wants to "unalive" Taskmaster. Spider-Man asks "Wait, 'unalive' them?", Deadpool replies, "Yeah here's the thing. I can't really say the K-word out loud. It's a weird mental tic."


The phrase soon got picked up by the Deadpoool comic books as well.


And then in 2021, it escaped onto social media, where it is used as a way to try and get around censors, especially on TikTok, especially if discussing suicide or killing someone or something. Well, it looks like it isn't just the Deadpool books that have a monopoly on the "unalive" term if this preview of tomorrow's Ms Marvel: The New Mutant #4 by Ms Marvel herself, Iman Vellani, Sabir Pirzada and Carlos E Gome is anything to go by.


Well, I guess she is "down with the kids". What's the betting that this came from Iman Vellani? Who will also have known exactly where it came from in the first place. Baggsy that I get her on my side in the trivia tea contest at San Diego Comic-Con, With Al Ewing as well, obviously. Ms Marvel: the New Mutant #4 is published by DC Comics tomorrow.

(W) Vellani, Iman, Pirzada, Sabir (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Sara Pichelli
WELCOME TO THE X-MEN, KAMALA KHAN! With Orchis hot on her heels, Ms. Marvel is faced with the reality of what it means to be a mutant… Is being an X-Man a dream come true…or a nightmare come to life? Find out as the newest mutant's inaugural X-series comes to a close!
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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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