NOTE: This article contains SPOILERS for Deadpool 2
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Each easter egg has been ranked from smallest to largest and each heading will include a – SPOILER WARNING. This list of course won’t include the countless jokes and one-liners that allude to popular culture, only things viewers should look for.
Potential spoilers ahead in 3… 2…
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Stan Lee – A GIVEN
Stan Lee makes a cameo in this movie but if you’re looking for the man, the myth, the legend himself, you’ll miss him! When Domino is landing her parachute while chatting with Wade, keep your eyes on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. You’ll see Stan Lee painted in white graffiti as a giant piece of art on the side of a building.
Alpha Flight – SUBTLE NOD
When Dopinder chauffeurs the team to the final battle at the Centre for Mutant Correction, give the ad on top of his taxi a read. You’ll see an advertisement for a travel agency called Alpha Flight. This is of course a nod to the team of Canadian superheroes who made their debut in The Uncanny X-Men back in the day.
Deadpool’s X-Force Suit – AN HOMAGE
While Deadpool was a member of X-Force in the comics (in some issues alongside Wolverine, no less) he wears a grey-and-black suit instead of his standard red-and-black. When Russell (a.k.a. Fire Fist) lobs a giant ball of flames at Deadpool near the end of the Deadpool 2, the fiery attack leaves the entire front Deadpool’s suit charred—in a light grey! In all but one of the remaining scenes he is shot from the front, showing off that X-Force aesthetic.
Secret Hero & Secret Villain – REVEAL SPOILER
The studio did a really good job of keeping some characters a complete and utter secret. Russell befriends a convict in mutant prison who is later revealed to be Deadpool’s favourite super EVER: Juggernaut. And a second character recruited onto the X-Force team, The Vanisher, remains invisible until a crucial moment when he is revealed to be portrayed by Brad Pitt. If it weren’t for Stan Lee’s unbroken combo for the past 10 years, this might have been the best/most unexpected cameo in a super hero movie, ever.
X-Men – FAN SERVICE SPOILER
True to his mission, Colossus tries to recruit Wade to the X-Men and Deadpool finds himself inside the X-Mansion. This time he has a chance to roams the halls—in Professor Xavier’s wheelchair, and later Cerebro—and he calls out the studio for failing to pony up the money to get even one more member of Fox’s X-Men on the screen, yet again. Colossus gets him out of the iconic chair and the merc complains to the steel giant, we see the room behind him is occupied with, that’s right, the newest all-star line up of mutants!
End Credits – DEFINITE SPOILER YOU’VE BEEN WARNED
Deadpool convinces Negasonic to fix Cable’s time travelling device and embarks on what might be the most satisfying solo-journey, not to mention end credits, of all time. Literally. First, he goes back and saves Peter. (We’d like to believe he saves everyone on the X-Force team but it’s Deadpool; for all we know he left them as they were. But with an X-Force movie in the works, who knows?) We then see the terrible “The Deadpool” reveal footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine interrupted by our current Deadpool as he lays waste to his retconned self. Finally, Deadpool saves one more franchise and slays Ryan Reynolds while he is reading the Green Lantern script in an office.
Did They Just…? – TOTAL SPECULATION (INDULGE IT) + OTHER MCU MOVIES
Deadpool states that the team “will be known as… ‘X-Force’!” and in doing so, holds up his arms in an ‘X’ . Domino then asks, “Isn’t that a little derivative?”. Upon first glance, she is referring to the name. Upon countless other glances she, of african-american descent, could be referring to the fact that the ‘X’ held high against his chest looks awfully similar to Wakanda Forever salute from Black Panther.
Another nod to another MCU flick might occur when Wade loses Vanessa. There are a few moments thereafter in which he seems to “leave himself” and pictures the both of them inside their apartment. There is a very distinct orange-coloured light and haze that strongly resembles a similar moment in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos imagines seeing Gamora as a child. It has recently been confirmed by the Russo brothers that this orange-coloured place the Soul World, a dominion inside of the Soul Stone to which departed souls may be transported. Is Wade somehow seeing Vanessa inside of this world? Does the Cable’s-eye-is-the-Soul Stone fan theory check out? Is Josh Brolin destined only to play super villains who have come into contact with it?! Okay, okay, that’s enough.
Deadpool 2 hits North American theatres May 18th, with evening shows in select theatres May 17th.
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