Judging from the fact that ‘Deadpool’ had the first R-rated opening to cross the $100m+ mark, the biggest February debut, the 8th-biggest non-summer debut of all time, and the 17th-biggest opening weekend in history, it’s safe to say you saw it this weekend. Or at least thought about it. However, not everyone caught all of the hidden jokes, nods and digs. Here’s a recap of some of those gems, let us know if you found any more!
**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
In the opening sequence, you see a Starbucks cup floating through the car with the name “Rob L.” scribbled on the side. This is a nod to Rob Liefeld, the co-creator of Deadpool.
As expected, there were a few references to Ryan Reynolds’ first attempt to bring a comic book character to life: Green Lantern. The first one comes in the opening sequence as well, with one of the victims’ wallets floating through the SUV. Inside is what appears to be a collectible card of a man in a (sort of) Green Lantern costume, with a huge grin on his face.
Along with the card and the coffee cup, a tube of Hello Kitty lip balm is also floating through the air. It’s safe to assume that Wade brought it with him into the car, since his love for the little feline was established earlier by the movie’s official Twitter account, with @hellokitty being the only Twitter that Deadpool’s Twitter is following.
The comics told a much different story of Vanessa Carlysle. She was also known as Copycat, a shape-shifting mutant. The movie doesn’t bring this idea in, but there’s a small allusion to it. When she’s taken hostage by Ajax, she says she’s played a lot of parts in her life, but a damsel in distress isn’t one of them. Maybe Copycat will come out in a sequel?
When reminiscing on the days when he was in the Special Forces, Wade tells Weasel that it wasn’t all bad, since he got to “travel the world.” His friend finishes the sentence himself, saying he traveled to “exotic places to meet new, exciting people…and then kill them.” He doesn’t say how he knew that’s what Wade was going to say, but if you saw “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” you’d know that the dialogue is lifted directly from that movie.
When Wade goes into the bar, he greets the big and burly Buck, as well as Liefeld. Not only does he get another reference, but here Rob Liefield actually makes a cameo.
When announcing that the movie would be rated R, Reynolds appeared in an “Extra” interview with Mario Lopez. This ended Reynolds pretending to kill Lopez. He must have felt bad, because he reads Lopez’s book “Just Between Us” for Lent.
You might have been too distracted by the fighting and one-liners during Deadpool and Ajax’s final showdown to see what they were actually fighting on. When the entire structure comes down, showing repulser-like engines around the ship’s hull. It looks a lot like a helicarrier, a design that’s only been used in “The Avengers” so far.
Deciding that he would rather cut off his hand than meet Professor X, Deadpool sends lots of blood flying. Then he makes a joke about the famous Judy Blume novel, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.” If you never read this book, you don’t get it. Those who did, however, know that the story is about a girl coming to terms with puberty, and everything that comes with a woman coming of age. Wade’s injuries…womanhood… you do the math.
Wade makes a joke about having a nightmare about stealing Liam Neeson’ daughter, a reference to the “Taken” series. If you’re a fan of Liam Neeson, you’ll know that he too was in a movie with the name “The Dead Pool” in 1988.
The mansion that Deadpool goes to in order to recruit Colossus and Negasonic probably looked familiar. It’s located at the Hatley Park National Historic Site in British Columbia and is the same one used for the home of Lex Luthor in “Smallville,” as well as Oliver Queen’s former home on “Arrow.” In this movie, Deadpool approaches from the opposite side as usually shown in “X-Men” movies, meaning you got a strong sense of deja vu.
Another street sign nod is Parker Blvd., which is a reference to Peter Parker, aka Spiderman.
Stan Lee’s cameo this time around was an interesting one: He’s a DJ at the strip club Vanessa works at.
Comic book readers probably noticed the reference to Deadpool #10, written in 2012. The pizza scene that Wade makes his costume-less debut was pulled straight from those pages, the only difference being that he actually kills the delivery boy instead of letting him go, like he does in the movie.
In the same scene, if you got a chance to look at the pizza box you’d see that it was ordered from “Famous Feige’s.” This is a reference to Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige.
References to Deadpool’s last appearance in “X-Men Origins were expected, and they’re apparent with the amount of times Wade Wilson is threatened to have his lips sewn shut, or when he promises that his “lips are sealed.” Even more obvious, Wade pulls out a small toy version of the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” take on the character.
When Wade is being wheeled into the testing facility to have his cancer cured, he demands that his suit not be green…or animated. This is clearly another shot at Green Lantern, but it’s also kind of ironic. To get the most expression out of Reynold’s expressions under the mask, digital animation was used again to bring the eyes and face of the character to life.
As Wade gets more comfortable and starts making jokes about his scarred appearance, he says that’s what happens when you’re bitten by a radioactive Shar Pei. This is another nod to the origin story of “Spider-Man,” since the line comes from the comics. In fact, the very same panel makes a joke at Reynolds’ expense.
While Deadpool waits for Ajax to drive under the overpass in the beginning, he was originally supposed to be jamming out to “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani. Instead he listens to “Shoop” by Salt-n-Peppa, which was released in 1993, the same year that Deadpool got his own comic book series.
You don’t really get to see much of the other mutants in the dark lab, but one stands out. The woman with bony spikes growing out of her back may be the Marvel Morlock “Marrow.” She was a member of “X-Force” in Marvel Comics,and there have been rumors of a movie centered around the group being planned, so maybe this was no coincidence.
When the first test footage came out, fans loved it so much that Fox greenly the movie almost overnight. Since the test reel was so convincing, most of it made it onto the big screen. When Deadpool first emerges from the crashed vehicle on the freeway, the street signs feature a nod to the other co-creator, Fabian Nicieza.
In the movie, “Sister Margeret’s Home for Wayward Girls” is the name of the official watering hole for mercenaries and contract killers. In the comics, this is simply the nickname for the bar, with the real name being “Hellhouse.” Also, the owner and contract dispatcher “Patch” is combined with the character of Wade’s friend “Weasel,” played by TJ Miller.
In full Deadpool costume, Reynolds does an impression of Matthew Broderick at the end of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” wondering why the audience is still there, shooing them to go home. The Wade tops it off with a “chicka chickaaaa,” alluding to the credits song of “Ferris Bueller,” “Oh Yeah” by Yello.
The biggest bombshell of all comes when the
post-credit scene shows Ryan Reynolds confirming that “Deadpool 2” is in development, and that it will feature the time-traveling mutant Cable, which should make for a very interesting movie.