Deadpool 2 has finally arrived. Well it arrived in the UK yesterday, and it isn't set to reach the USA until Friday. Sucks to be them i suppose, because it means they have to wait around while we get to go and see it two, maybe three times. As is to be expected from any Marvel film, especially one filled with as much fourth wall breaking and meta humour as the Deadpool franchise, there were plenty of easter eggs and references you may have missed. Here's our rundown of everything we spotted the first time around.
Logan/Death of Wolverine
Wolverine hasn't had a great time of late, what with dying in the comics and then dying on the big screen in Logan. Deadpool 2 opens by acknowledging that fact through the medium of a fancy clock. A fancy clock featuring Wolverine's Logan-era body impaled on a metal pole - much like Deadpool himself was in the very first film. Wade also laments the fact that Logan stole his idea for a hard R-rated comic film and upped the anti by doing a better job of it - meaning Deadpool will have to die too.
The first film revealed Deadpool loves wearing Crocs (otherwise known as his big rubber masturbating shoes) because they're so comfy, and during his failed suicide you can see he's wearing them again. They're the same Crocs too.
Among Deadpool's arsenal are his trusty swords, which were revealed to have names during production (later confirmed in the credits). They're called Bea and Arthur, after the actress who starred in The Golden Girls - a show Deadpool is known to be a fan of. In the comics the multiversal Deadpool Corps had a ship named the Bea Arthur, and in the original film Wade Wilson can be seen wearing a t shirt sporting her face during the pizza scene.
Kid's films are dark
Deadpool says that the sequel is a family movie, and like all good family movies it has to start with a good murder. Just like Bambi, The Lion King, and Saw 7. It may say something about Deadpool's childhood if he thinks Saw 7 is a family film.
Deadpool vs The Box Office
While Deadpool doesn't go full John Lennon and declare himself bigger than Jesus, he does mention that he is now listed with Jesus. Or more specifically The Passion of the Christ, which is currently the highest grossing R-rated film in the USA's 'domestic' box office. Fortunately, as Deadpool clarifies, the international box office taking were enough to put Deadpool on top as the highest grossing R-rated movie ever (not accounting for inflation).
Interview with a Vampire
Dopinder has new aspirations to be a contract killer, just like Wade, and likens their relationship to the one between Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in Interview With a Vampire. Specifically the scene where Lestat feeds blood to Claudia, who discovers her liking for it.
Batman and DC
While attempting to lie to Vanessa about why he's late, Wade's second lie is the claim that he ended up fighting with a man dressed as a bat before realising they both have mothers named Martha. This is nonsense, and a not-so-subtle reference to Batman v Superman's dumbest scene. Later while at the Ice Box prison, Cable demands to know who Wade is and his response is to gimmickFinally Christian Bale and declare "I'm Batman".
Shortly afterwards Wade tells Cable he's so dark that he has to ask whether he's from the DC universe.
Finally, after meeting Shatterstar Deadpool claims he wishes he could find a planet full of lesser beings who were worse than him in every way - so he could be their Superman. A clear reference the fact Superman is basically a godlike being with extraordinary powers that come from our sun. Weasel then claims such a place exists, Canada, which the Canadian Deadpool doesn't take too kindly to.
Deadpool's Relationship With his Father
Deadpool's history in the comics is sketchy, to say the least, later explained by constant tampering with his memories by the remnants of the Weapon Plus programme that granted him his powers. One thing that's fairly constant is a tricky relationship by his father, though the details have changed all the time. The first origin claimed his father abandoned him, leading Wade to be raised by an alcoholic mother. Wade only met him as an adult, accidentally breaking a curse Loki had placed on him that made him look like actor 'Thom Cruz' until he apologised to his father.
The second origin is that Wades mother died of cancer when he was young, leading to be raised by an abusive father. He was later killed in an altercation with one of Wade's friends, after trying to drag his teenage son out of a bar. This seems to be the one most like the film, where his father isn't treated as if he were a very good man.
A third origin is that both Wade and his father were estranged, and Wade had to track him down years later to make peace. The final (and official) origin is simply that Deadpool's parents were both alive and well, with Weapon Plus brainwashing him into burning down their house and killing them both.
Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back
While lamenting the task of having children, Wade claims that all children are destined to turn out like their fathers - just like in Star Wars. Clearly he hasn't seen any of the new films that prove this theory to be untrue.
He also points out that they're also fated to accidentally have sex with their secret twin sister off screen, and Vanessa (once again) has to remind him that there's a difference between Star Wars and Empire.
The Opening Credits
The opening credits definitely take some inspiration from the James Bond series, even going so far as to include a fantastical theme song by Celine Dione. As with the first film, though, the credits end up being used to make jokes about the cast and crew.
It's here that the film's director is referred to as "One of the Men Who Killed John Wick's Dog", referencing the fact that Deadpool 2 was directed by John Wick co-director David Leitch.
Deadpool and Vanessa can both be seen watching the film Yentl starring Barbara Streisand, who is coincidentally stepmother of Josh Brolin who plays Cable. He later notes that the song Papa Can You Hear Me sounds almost exactly like Frozen's Do You Want to Build a Snowman and chastises people for not realising Disney seemingly ripped it off.
Once again Wade shows his love for George Michael, mentioning the hit song Careless Whisper while he mourns Vanessa and Michael himself. He takes comfort in the fact they still have Bowie, while Weasel awkwardly changes the subject to avoid revealing Bowie himself is also dead. Coincidentally Bowie died of cancer, the same general condition that set Wade down the road to becoming Deadpool.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead is revealed to have a girlfriend called Yukio, who is the complete opposite of her door grumpy persona. She too is a mutant, with some sort of electrical manipulation power. While her mutant codename isn't revealed, she's similar to the comic character Surge who has the power to absorb and discharge electrical energy and also has dyed hair. The similarities end there, however, since Surge's real name is Noriko Ashida. The only major comics character called Yuiko has already appeared in the X-Men films, played by Rila Fukushima in The Wolverine.
Deadpool also likens her bright colourful look and personality to Pinky Pie from My Little Pony.
Cocaine and the Cure for Blindness
In the first film, just before heading out to meet Francis, Deadpool tells Blind Al (a former cocaine user) that he buried 116 kilos of cocaine under the apartment right next to the cure for blindness. In this film we get to see that he wasn't lying. Opening up a floorboard Wade reveals a secret stash filled with some cocaine, money, weapons, and a bag labelled "cure for blindness" that looks suspiciously like more cocaine.
Deadpool's multiple near-death experiences with Vanessa are somewhat similar to how he first met Lady Death in the comics, leading to a weird mutual obsession between the two. Sadly before Wade dies for real, letting them be together properly, he gains his powers - much to their mutual frustration. It's a similar situation in the film, though Wade is trying to take his own life over the guilt he feels for his role in Vanessa's death.
While cruising round Xavier's mansion in one of the Professor's stolen wheelchairs, Deadpool points out that there's never anyone around except Colossus and NTW. This was the butt of a joke in the first film because Fox wouldn't give them the budget (or permission) to include any more X-Men, but here it's shown that the others are actively avoiding Deadpool on purpose.
Unseen by Wade, one of the rooms he passes is occupied by Professor X (James McAvoy), Beast, Cyclops, and Quicksilver, who quietly close the door before he spots them.
The Other Xavier
Later Colossus discovers Deadpool has somehow acquired Cerebro, and is wearing it as a hat. While consistently getting its abilities wrong, he mentions that it smells like Patrick Stewart - the first actor to play Xavier on film.
Another Dystopian Future
One constant trope in the X-Men comics is that the heroes are always discovering that some sort of apocalyptic or dystopian future is coming, forcing them to use time travel to stop it. Seriously, the comics have more alternate futures and time travel-centric Deus Ex Machinas than Star Trek: Voyager. Cable's future looks pretty grim, even outside his devastated home, though the general state of the world isn't why he went back in time.
The Essex Home
Once again we get a subtle hint towards Mr Sinister, better known as Nathaniel Essex, with the Essex Home for Mutant Rehabilitation - which is essentially just a front for religious extremists to torture mutant children and try to suppress their powers. While Sinister himself has yet to show his face in the X-movies, he was previously alluded to at the end of X-Men Apocalypse with the Essex Corp carting away samples of Wolverine's blood. Blood that was supposed to explain how Wolverine's DNA ended up in the hands of Transigen to create X-23 and X-24 in Logan.
The headmaster of the home, played by Eddie Marsan, also has similarities with the comics version of William Stryker, who is an anti-mutant zealot that insists mutants are the work of the devil and should be damned. However the headmaster seems to be of the opinion that forcing mutant children to suppress their powers, or at least be punished for their presence, is one way to save their souls.
As seen in the trailers, Deadpool dons a yellow X t shirt while on a mission with the X-Men, designed to mark his status as a trainee hero. That shirt is also remarkably similar to the X-Men uniform Deadpool has donned in past comics. Not quite the same, but similar enough for this not to be a coincidence.
Deadpool dismisses the X-Men as a "dated metaphor for racism in the '60s", which nails the major themes of the X-Men comics back when they were first developed. While the concept of mutants was Stan Lee's way of lazily explaining multiple superhero origins without too much effort, they evolved into an analogy for the then-ongoing civil rights movement. While many would agree that the concept of racism in America is far from over (much like how people treat mutants in the Marvel universe), the concept has evolved over time. The X-movies themselves changed the metaphor quite considerably, with the mutants standing in for homosexuality and the quest for equal rights.
Russell, played by Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison, is quite a bit different from his comics counterpart in terms of look and attitude, but the powerset remains the same. Russel 'Rusty' Collins, aka Firefist has the ability to generate and manipulate both heat and fire, which can go badly at times. Rusty was also suggested as a name for Wade and Vanessa's future child, only to be shot down.
Wolverine Brand Cereal
Clearly this timeline sees the X-Men as heroes, to the point where Wolverine has his own brand of cereal - sporting a version of Hugh Jackman as he appeared in X-Men: Origins Wolverine. Look carefully when it appears, though, because after Deadpool signs it you can clearly see it reads "Ryan Reynolds".
When trying to calm down Russell, Colossus tries to convince him by saying "Come quietly or there will be… trouble", only to be called out by Deadpool and Russell for stealing lines from Robocop verbatim.
The Toilet Paper-Hating Hillbillies
In the scene where Cable appears in the present, we're met with two hillbillies deep in discussion about how wet wipes are better than toilet paper. While they look quite different and unrecognisable, one of those hillbillies is none other than Firefly and Rogue One actor Alan Tudyk - though it's hard to tell because he doesn't talk. The other one's identity is a mystery, and he's only credited as "Dickie Greenleaf" which film fans may remember is the name of Jude law's character in The Talented Mr Ripley. Apparently no one on the set knew ho he was either, which wasn't helped by all the prosthetics he was wearing.
I'd place a small amount of money on it being Tudyk's Tucker and Dale vs Evil co-star Tyler Labine, but I'm just speculating with no evidence.
Apparently it's Matt Damon, which means the Ripley reference makes so much more sense.
Four Out of Five Moments Speech
Towards the climax of the first Deadpool film, Colossus tells Deadpool that it only takes four or five moments where you make a choice to be the hero - rather than it being a full time job. Deadpool recites this speech again after finding out the Essex school is abusing kids, though twisting it slightly to excuse the fact he considers killing the people responsible "being a hero".
Deadpool Doesn't Kill Kids
Throughout the film Deadpool takes issue with Cable's willingness to kill Russel to save lives, something pulled from the comics. Maybe it has something to do with his own childhood, but the anti-hero takes issue with killing children - even going so far as to try and leave Archangel's X-Force team after Fantomex kills a child-aged clone of Apocalypse that had experienced some brainwashing at the hands of the Apocalypse-worshiping cult Clan Akkaba.
The Ice Box
While not as well known as, say, The Raft, the Ice Box prison also exists in the world of Marvel comics. Rather than being a mutant prison, as it is in Deadpool 2, the Ice Box is simply Canada's main superhuman prison - designed to hold superpowered lawbreakers. Much like Alcatraz, it's remote location in the Canadian wilderness made it virtually inescapable, with only one recorded escape in its entire history.
Nobody likes Hawkeye :(
Naturally Deadpool 2 takes quite a few shots at the other Marvel films in the MCU, including one point in the Ice Box where Deadpool reveals the collar is suppressing his powers. Despite being riddled with cancer, he claims that giving him a bow and arrow would make him "basically Hawkeye".
Speaking of Cable, the film doesn't go into great detail about his powerset so here goes. At his base level Cable is both telepathic and telekinetic, abilities he inherited from his mother Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey). He also inherited the power of being a huge dick from his father Cyclops. Cable's power is unmatched, and only hindered by the fact he was infected with the techno-organic virus by Apocalypse and uses his abilities to halt its spread. Sadly we don't get to see much of his power in the film, though we do have glimpses of his telepathy when he summons his guns.
The techno-organic virus is exactly what it sounds like. It's a virus that's a mix of technology and organic components, and slowly turns its host into a techno-organic being. Apocalypse's strain was developed by Mr Sinister as a way to hopefully kill the powerful mutant, though Apocalypse later used it to infect Cable. Sinister had manipulated events to ensure Cyclops and Jean Grey (or in this case, her clone) would have a child, hoping that the child would be powerful enough to defeat Apocalypse.
None of Cable's backstory is explored, however, so we don't know how much of this will transfer to the big screen. At least part of Cable's metallic body seems to be cybernetic in origin, notably his eye, but we'll have to see what X-Force and any future movies Fox might manage to pump out before the Disney acquisition is finalised will say about it.
Black Tom Cassidy
Back in the '90s Deadpool often came into conflict with the irish mutant Black Tom Cassidy, who was known to team up with the Juggernaut on a regular basis. Black Tom also appears in the film, and while Deadpool may joke about his powers being "cultural appropriation", we never get to see what he has to offer. In the comics Black Tom is able to control plant matter, and can fire concussive blasts by channelling his powers through wood. None of that explains the dreadlocks, though.
Hitting Rock Bottom
Upon escaping the Ice Box Deadpool mentions how important it is for a hero to hit rock bottom, in the process mentioning John Candy in Cool Runnings and those poor fools who signed onto make The Human Centipede.
In this film we get to see the heroes Deadpool assembled for X-Force, so they can protect Russell from Cable's wrath. Among its ranks are:
- Bedlam, who has the ability to generate and disrupt electric fields - much like his comic counterpart
- Zeitgeist, who can spit acidic vomit and has to wear a shield in front of his face, again like his comic counterpart
- Shatterstar, whose exact powers aren't revealed other than the fact he's an alien being that has superior biology to humans. In the comics Shatterstar is a mutant whose abilities give him enhanced strength, senses, reflexes, and in general superior biology to regular humans and mutants. He also has the ability to teleport to living 'anchors' who he shared a connection with, and generate vibrational shockwaves.
- Peter, who is a new character that doesn't have any real powers
- Vanisher, an invisible character who becomes visible after his death and played by Brad Pitt. A character called Vanisher exists in the comics, though he's a villainous teleporter rather than Marvel's answer to the Invisible Man.
- Domino, who can subconsciously manipulate probability and ensure she always gets lucky.
Shatterstar mentions that he's an alien from the planet Mojoworld, which makes him much better than human beings. In the comics Mojoworld is an extra dimensional realm that is populated by weird beings that are obese, legless, hairless, and yellow-skinned, but still roughly humanoid, rather than the lean basically-human looking Shatterstar. This realm is also bombarded with radio and TV waves from Earth which has affected the mental state of Mojoworld's inhabitants and made them crazy about televised entertainment.
In the comics Shatterstar is a mutant, son of Dazzler and Longshot, who was sent backwards in time by the demon Mephisto where he ended up on Mojoworld. It was here Shatterstar was raised, and trained to fight in gladiatorial matches that satiated the inhabitants' thirst for entertainment.
Gerry Duggan Parkway
The armoured convoy is mentioned as travelling down this street, a reference to Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan, who has just finished his acclaimed run with the character.
The Reverse Wolverine
In the comics Cable is said to be tall, 6'8 in fact. In the film he is described as 5'11, which is not as tall as Cable should be, something Deadpool points out during the X-Force briefing. This is despite the fact Josh Brolin is actually 5'10, and noticeably shorter than the 6'2 Ryan Reynolds.
This is a reverse situation of what happened with Wolverine. The character is 5'3 in the comics, and yet is played by the 6'2 Hugh Jackman.
The Freakshow who Created Domino
When Deadpool angrily shouts about the kind of "freakshow artist" that would create a hero whose superpower was luck, he speculates that it's probably someone who can't draw feet. Anyone who read comics from the '90s will know that this is a dig at Rob Liefeld, creator of Domino and co-creator of Deadpool himself. Liefeld's art style has been subject to a lot of criticism over the years, particularly since he seems to have trouble with realistic body proportions, has a weird pouch fetish going on, and, yes, has problems drawing feet.
In the packed cinema I was in, I was the only person to laugh at this joke. Shame on you all for not being nerdy enough.
When X-Force exits their plane, the music shifts to Thunderstruck by AC/DC. It's also notable that iron Man 2 also features Tony Stark jumping from a plane to the Australian rock band's music, though there it's Shoot to Thrill. Thunderstruck was on the Iron Man 2 soundtrack, but never actually featured in any of the MCU films.
One of Cable's many nicknames throughout the film involves Deadpool screaming "Hands off the kid, John Connor", referencing the Terminator character. While Cable himself seemingly has more in common with the terminator itself, his appearance is uncannily like that of the adult John Connor in T2. Particularly the scar.
Deadpool also refers to Cable as the "grumpy old fuck with the Winter Soldier arm," referencing the fact that both Cable and Bucky have metal cybernetic arms. He also brings this fact up towards the climax of the film, lamenting the fact that there are so many metal armed people around.
The convoy scene sees Deadpool refer to Cable as "One-Eyed Willy" a reference to the pirate from The Goonies, the film that helped launch Josh Brolin's career.
Finally Deadpool shouts at Cable to "zip it, Thanos!" referencing the fact that Brolin is also playing the villain in Avengers Infinity War and Avengers 4. Two characters in two Marvel franchises that are out at the same time. Brolin is a busy man.
Later on Deadpool also refers to Domino as Black Black Widow and Dopinder as Brown Panther, both of which shouldn't really need any explanation.
The power setting on Cable's rifle goes all the way up to 11.
That Scene From Origins: Wolverine
We see Deadpool try to recreate the ridiculous above scene from X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Wade Wilson uses his katanas to somehow block a barrage of incoming bullets and successfully slice the last one in half. While Deadpool succeeds in slicing the first of Cable's bullets, he totally fails to block the rest. Ow indeed.
When Juggernaut first reveals himself, Deadpool goes into fanboy mode and starts listing off his appearances from the comics. Too quickly for me to write down, but they were there.
Juggernaut also later reveals to Russell that he wears his helmet to prevent his brother from reading his mind,but it's ok because he's in a wheelchair. This is another reference back to Professor X, who was Juggernaut's stepbrother in the comics. How that relationship fits into existing X-Men canon is unclear, seeing as how Xavier somehow has a secret adopted sister as well, so we'll have to see if this ever gets played out.
As for who plays the Juggernaut, well, it's not clear. Apparently he's a complete CGI creation (and you can tell), but the credits list him as playing himself. Helpful, Fox, helpful. At least he's not played by Vinny Jones. Edit: It's Ryan Reynolds
While recovering from Juggernaut ripping off his legs (ie growing new ones), everyone is horrified by Wade's baby legs and his baby genitals. Unfortunately the audience gets a quick glance while he uncrosses and recrosses his legs, which Weasel directly likens back to the infamous scene in Basic Instinct.
This one leaked early, but the advert on top of Dopinder's taxi is for a company called 'Alpha Flight' offering trips to Canada. In the comics Alpha Flight was a Canadian superteam, rather than a travel company, who have extensive ties to both the X-Men and Wolverine.
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One of the major moments from the climax of Deadpool was him playing Careless Whisper on his phone for Vanessa - similar to the scene from Say Anything. Something similar happens in Deadpool 2 though with fewer liberties taken from the original inspiration. Deadpool uses his phone (in a Boombox case) to play In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel to try and convince Colossus to help him out. And it works.
The Sun's Getting Real Low
With a hero as unstable as the Hulk on their team, the Avengers naturally have ways of calming him down and forcing him to revert back to Bruce Banner. Black Widow was able to use a lullaby to force the transformation, while Thor failed to do the same thing while fighting the big guy on Sakaar. It's obvious why Deadpool would (sort of) try the same thing during his fight with juggernaut, shouting "Hey big guy, sun's getting real low" as he tries to remove the villain's helmet.
The X-Force Suit
After being burnt by Russell's powers, the front of Deadpool's suit turns a suspicious shade of grey very similar to the one worn while he was a member of X-force in the comics.
Cable reveals right at the end of the film that his daughter's name is Hope, the same name he gave his adopted daughter in the comics. In the comics Hope was the first and only mutant to be born after Scarlet Witch wiped the powers of over 99 per cent of the mutant population in a fit of madness, and Cable took her to the future to raise her and ensure she'd be kept safe from harm.
Cable also carried around a teddy bear for his daughter, since they had to be constantly moving to avoid pursuers, similar to how he carries around his daughter's bear in the film. The difference was that it was a toy for his daughter, rather than a stark reminder of what he had lost (and later what he prevented from happening).
Like the last film, Deadpool 2's end credits feature art by comic artist Skottie Young, featuring many of the film's heroes in Deadpool-form.
The credits also feature musical easter eggs, including a remixxed version of Teamheadkick's Deadpool Rap that changes some of the lyrics to match X-Force, and a small verse dedicated to the Juggernaut.
But the reason why we all wait for the credits to end, and yes Deadpool 2 continues the tradition of the credit scenes beginning with Negasonic and Yukio fixing up Cable time travel device for Deadpool. This sequence also features Deadpool calling Negasonic "Eleven" after the character from Stranger Things, though it would be a lot more dramatic if she still had a shaved head.
Once fixed Wade promptly uses to back in time and right some wrongs, saving both Vanessa and Peter from needless deaths. He then goes back in time to kill Weapon XI, the abomination of a 'Deadpool' that featured in X-Men: Origins Wolverine (though no new footage was shot featuring XI or Wolverine), and executing Ryan Reynolds just as he finishes reading the script for Green Lantern.