How ‘Deadpool 2’ Referenced Every Superhero Franchise From Marvel to DC

One of the best things about Deadpool—both the character and any form of media he’s in—is that he breaks the mold of every superhero. He’s not something that should be taken seriously, which is interesting and downright funny, especially with how he breaks the fourth wall.

Similar to the first film, Deadpool 2 is still both violent and humorous. Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) insists that this is a family-friendly film, but it might not be a good idea to let your kids watch this for now. Just a heads up.

Anyway, what I loved about the movie are the many references and Easter eggs that you might miss if you weren’t paying attention. We’re listing some of them down for you so you can look back on them if you decide to watch the movie again. If you haven’t seen Deadpool 2 though, you better click away because this will have spoilers!

The Wolverine crossover that never happened

Both Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool (totally different people) have expressed their interest in a proper crossover with Wolverine from the X-Men franchise. After all, Deadpool’s first appearance was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he looked different from the character we know now.

But since Wolverine died in Logan and Hugh Jackman said that he’s finally retired from the role, Deadpool was disappointed. In the first few minutes of Deadpool 2, he had a mini rant about Wolverine dying before the crossover happened. So I’m guessing we can expect more Wolverine jokes in future movies?

Unexpected X-Men appearance

For a short while, Deadpool becomes an X-Men trainee and lives in the Xavier mansion with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. He goes around the place in Professor X’s wheelchair (“This smells like Patrick Stewart!”) and even uses Cerebro. But when Deadpool asked where the other mutants are, and taking a jab at production company Sony for not including X-Men in the Deadpool franchise, one of the rooms showed some of the X-Men characters. It was quick but I saw Beast (played by either Nicholas Hoult or Kelsey Grammer) and Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters).

The DC Comics diss

Throughout the movie, Deadpool constantly mentions DC Comics and its cinematic universe. In one scene, he says, “I’m Batman” and in another, he references to the “Martha” moment in Batman v Superman. (Which is still the oddest plot twist ever, in my opinion.)

But the best one is when Deadpool asks, “So dark. You sure you’re not from the DC universe?” If you watched any DC movie recently, especially any Batman film starring Christian Bale, you’ll know just how gritty and tragic they can be. In fact, even DC’s comics and animated films like The Killing Joke can be quite twisted.

The missing X-Force character

In the trailer, one of the highlights is Deadpool conducting interviews so he can form the X-Force. One of the hopefuls was Vanisher, who wasn’t shown in the interview and when they had to jump out of a plane. It was almost a running joke that he wasn’t anywhere. One of the members even had to carry and throw Vanisher’s parachute bag. But surprise! Brad Pitt was playing the invisible hero and we get to see him after he gets electrocuted. Ouch.

But in case you were wondering, Vanisher is an actual character from the Marvel comics. He’s a mysterious thief that goes around stealing from the government by using his teleportation powers. So yeah, he doesn’t exactly have the power of full invisibility.

Making fun of Cable

When I found out that Cable was played by Josh Brolin, who is also best known for his role as Thanos, I expected Deadpool 2 to reference Avengers: Infinity War at some point. And they did, even though it was just a quick mention.

There’s also one part where Deadpool made fun of Cable’s height. He notes that he’s only 5’11”, which is way shorter than the original character. He’s right though because Cable is apparently 6’8″ in the comics. (Deadpool is also taller than Cable in the movie. Just putting it out there.)

Deadpool getting rid of Ryan Reynolds’ old roles

Ryan has been coy about his X-Men Origins and Green Lantern roles in the past. But it also wasn’t a secret that these movies didn’t do well, and that his characters weren’t given justice. Since the first Deadpool movie, these roles were the butt of several jokes. In Deadpool 2, DP went back in time to kill mouth-less Deadpool and even Ryan before he read the Green Lantern script.

Maybe this is also Ryan’s sick punchline for the bad superhero/villain roles he got in the past. He is one of the producers and writers of Deadpool 2 after all, so he must’ve taken control of that aspect.


Art by Marian Hukom

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