I don’t normally like delving too deep into spoilers for a new movie, but with “Deadpool 2”, I’ll make an exception. We did see it in the teaser, after all.
The movie is finally here, and fans have been endlessly dissecting the many weird and wonderful gags and jokes hidden within the film.
(Spoilers for just about everything here, by the way.)
I like the occasional dig at the MCU. Those are always fun. Any Hawkeye or Thanos reference is okay in my book.
Right at the end of the movie, almost as if presented as a set-up for a future film (“X-Force”, perhaps) comes a reference to Vinnie Jones The Juggernaut. Deadpool admires a portrait that he has painted of the enormous mutant.
Those who’ve been following this movie from the start of the promotion might recognize this as a direct callback to the first teaser for the movie, in which Deadpool does a Bob Ross impression.
For just a second, fans initially examining this teaser thought they saw a painting that looked a bit like The Juggernaut, causing many to speculate that he’d have a larger role in the movie.
This is an incredibly obscure reference for the movie to make. Not only is “Deadpool 2” referencing other movies, but it’s also referencing its own promotional campaign.
There’s a question that needs to be asked here about just how appropriate this kind of this is in modern movies.
Too Obscure for Deadpool?
I always hate when movie studios release bonus scenes for films as part of the advertising campaign that don’t appear in the actual film. The first example that comes to mind is the “Last Supper” clip that was released in the run-up to the release of “Alien: Covenant”.
I don’t think that movies should come with supplementary appendices in other video media. Future film scholars are going to have a heck of a time piecing everything together if YouTube ever bites the dust.
But, hey, it’s a “Deadpool” movie. Meta-jokes are par for the course, and who am I to get in the way of this?
After all, the marketing campaigns for these movies are generally stronger than the films themselves. Maybe a reference to the first “Deadpool” teaser will stand the test of time after all!