This weekend, the snarky, smart-ass, and X-Men-adjacent Marvel mercenary, Deadpool, smashed both the fourth wall and box office records in his big screen debut, crashing onto the scene with the biggest R-Rated opening weekend since 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded. But even though the Merc with a Mouth has gone mainstream, Marvel peppered plenty of goodies, subtle nods, and hat-tips to the diehard fans throughout the film. You know, for the OG Pool-heads!
True fans probably noticed some of the film’s subtle and not so-subtle Easter eggs (in between all of the raunchy humor, super violence, and general feeling of overall fun on-screen), including references to Ryan Reynolds’ role as Green Lantern, his early appearance as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hydra Bob, Kevin Feige, Blade, Daredevil, Deadpool creators Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, a post-credits visual reference to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and even a little wink to Spider-Man, as the webslinger is currently buddy-buddy with Deadpool in comic book form.
Thanks for watching today’s show! Be sure to read our Deadpool review, then check out the latest episode of Nerdist: Play, where Malik is facing off against actor and gamer Rick Malambri (Step Up 3D) in a high stakes, best-of-five Street Fighter V showdown.
Did you spot any Easter eggs we missed? What were your favorite hidden gems? Who do you think should play Cable in the sequel? Let us know in the comments below!
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