For those of you who haven’t seen Deadpool yet, this post contains some SPOILERS so read at your own risk.
So I just recently watched Deadpool and the wait has been worth it. Living up to its hype, the movie does not in any way under-satisfy my R-rated taste for Superheroes. I mean c’mon, there has never been a successful R-rated superhero (I’m sorry, The Matrix and Dredd, ya’ll were supposed to be great but I don’t know what happened to your crew) flick until Deadpool. It has changed the way of writing and drawing comics when he first came out in 1993, and he even went as far as breaking the fourth wall* (which he did a lot of time during the movie) every time his issue is published. Deadpool is known to not take things seriously and also being the merc with a mouth.
Deadpool always sees what’s funny (oftentimes coming out as crass and corny) in whatever kind of situation thrown at him. That’s why in the movie, there are literally hundreds of Easter Eggs and nods to different superhero characters–both Marvel and DC–and he never fails to deliver his one liners in these in the most obnoxious of ways.
I did some research about each notable scene and tried to recall as many as I could remember, which is hard because I had to go back and watch it again. Of course, special thanks to Moviepilot and Deadpool Wikia for the images; and this good review by Cinetactic that helped me refresh myself before I watched it again.
Alright, so here are my favorite Easter Eggs and references (so far) from Deadpool…
#7 The Vague Deadpool-X-Men Team Up
As Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead leave at the end, Deadpool’s probability of teaming up with the X-Men is very unclear. It’s obvious that the producers left it teasingly open. I’ve been looking at reddit posts and other Deadpool forums online and people are really wondering about Deadpool’s future as a part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and how he’ll fit into the X-Men continuity. It is left unclear at the moment, but I’m pretty sure he’ll come across Wolverine in a cameo/movie sometime soon.
#6 “Your Friendly Neighbourhood Pool Guy.”
At the very end of the movie as the frame zooms out of Wade and Vanessa furiously making out in the midst of the destruction around them, you’d hear Deadpool sign off by calling himself “your friendly neighbourhood Pool guy”, which is a last-minute, cringe-worthy nod to Spider-Man’s classic AKA.
#5 The Cable Post-Credits Scene
Deadpool’s post-credits scene was completely different from all the others in the MCU. For one thing, he again breaks the fourth wall and exclaims “you’re still here?!” to every one of us who stood through the credits and waited for something at the end. He told us about the possible sequel and other raunchy stuff; but my favorite was after a fade to black moment, we cut back to Deadpool in Ferris’ hallway as he dishes some dirt on that sequel—it’s going to introduce Cable! Pointing out his bionic arm and time travel origins, he says that while the character isn’t cast yet, he does have some potential picks to play the “big guy with a flat top”; Mel Gibson, Dolph Lungren, Keira Knightley (which, upon hearing her name, cracked me up real good).
#4 127 Hours Spoiler
Deadpool chopping his own arm off while screaming about 127 Hours spoilers is exactly what you expect from him. And not just the sadistic humour of it all, but the limb loss—there’s an awful lot of forced amputation in the comics—and this moment brings that to life in all its R-rated glory and gore.
#3 Dissing the Movie’s Budget Limitations
We see the X-Mansion (and even the Blackbird) many times throughout the film, complete with slow aerial shots and cutaways of its interior. I found this problematic because in any X-Men movie, you’d see the hallways and other rooms occupied with X-Men and/or their bigshot mutants. But here, you only see Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead as the occupants of the Mansion. Thankfully, Deadpool points this out by saying, “It’s funny, I only see the two of you,” says Deadpool, “it’s almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.” Nailed it.
#2 “Please Don’t Make The Super Suit Green… Or Animated”
We all know that Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern sucked. There was a Green Lantern wallet photo in the opening credits and Deadpool got in another jab at Green Lantern by saying this line. It’s simple: in Deadpool’s eyes, it looked crap, and Reynolds is now happily admitting that (again without infringing DC copyright).
#1 The Opening Titles In-Joke
At the very start of the film, you’d already crack up. This is my favorite opening sequence ever, since this has never been done before. There’s a lot of cool stuff in the opening credits, but nothing is better than this joke list of the cast and crew that made up the movie and the industry in general. Here’s the full list:
Some Douchebag’s Film
God’s Perfect Idiot (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool)
A Hot Chick (Morena Baccarin – Vanessa)
A British Villain (Ed Skrien – Ajax/Francis)
Comic Relief (T.J. Miller – Weasel)
A Moody Teen (Brianna Hildebrand – Negasonic Teenage Warhead)
An Entirely CGI Character (Stefan Kapičić – Colossus)
A Gratuitous Cameo (Stan Lee)
Produced By Asshats (Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds)
Written By The Real Heroes (Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese)
Directed by Some Overpaid Tool (Tim Miller)
* “breaking the fourth wall” often means having a character become aware of their fictional nature, basically saying that the character knows there’s another universe outside of the fictional one (or in Deadpool’s case, the comic book panel).