What we do know is that he was deployed to Iraq and Somalia, and he trained in Jacksonville; it's possible that there was a black ops operation near the infamous TGI Fridays in Jacksonville, Florida, but it's far, far more likely that it was related to the killer training that took place in Tampa earlier this year.
Regardless of his TGI Fridays experience, Wade Wilson shows the tactical moves that say 'I used to do really wild things with C-4 at Fort Bragg', but his post-service life was not indicative of a gun-slinging spook. Most high-end operators can, at the worst, nail a gig making coffee humor videos if the CIA clandestine operations directorate side hustle falls through.
In 2016, Wade Wilson saw that the future if hairstyles was the barracks special.
But Wade had a dishonorable discharge. Not even a B.A. in communications from directional 'U' was in the cards for our favorite enlisted veteran of the Marvel universe. Minus good papers, which likely cost him his clearance, Wilson was left to intimidate teenage stalkers and pull pranks on overweight bar-patrons.
We don't know what Special Forces group he was with, his specialty, or why he was drummed out. What we do know is that his battle buddies still remembered him on first sight, and he sure knew how to sport a military haircut before it was fashionable.
Deadpool runs into a friend who also did something spec-ops-y in Jacksonville.Marvel
Despite all of the antics and obfuscation, it's intensely relatable to see a veteran who was kind of a shitbag — albeit a capable one — hit a rough patch after getting out of the military. And luckily for us all, Deadpool met a nice man named Francis to guide him through his post-service transition.
It's a familiar tale of service to American society far beyond the U.S. armed forces. A soldier encounters a traffic accident while traveling home and immediately rushes to aid a driver trapped in his vehicle and, after freeing him, saves his life with nothing more than a hoodie, a pen, and the training he received from his unit's medics. It's the stuff that Army recruiting commercials are made of.
Except there's one problem: It's most likely bullshit.
Why, oh why didn't you just kill Billy Russo when you had the chance, Frank?
That's the question I asked myself throughout the entirety of The Punisher's second season, which Task & Purpose had a chance to review ahead of the show's Jan. 18 release. Most of those 13 blood-soaked episodes would have been unnecessary if Jon Bernthal's titular character had just killed, instead of maimed, his one-time friend and brother in arms at the end of season one.
Fortunately for us, and less than fortunate for Frank and the villains he sets his sights on, he didn't, and that means we get another season of rip-roaring revenge. (Warning, there are mild spoilers ahead.)