Earlier this year, Fox released the first teaser for Deadpool 2, titled "No Good Deed," alongside Logan. In the footage, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) sees an elderly man getting mugged, rushes into a phone booth to change into his superhero outfit. Unfortunately, the Merc with a Mouth spends too much time with his stubborn zipper, and the old man is murdered.
It was a fun teaser that put Deadpool's quirky and irresponsible nature on full display, but some fans saw a deeper meaning behind it. Specifically, a pretty big #SpiderMan Easter Egg.
People on Reddit and even YouTube took notice of the murder victim's advanced age and the fact that he had purchased Ben & Jerry's. They proposed a wild but intriguing theory: What if the victim was actually Peter Parker's uncle, Ben Parker?
This has been a fun subject of speculation for the past few months, but we may have gotten the closest thing to an answer, thanks to the director of #Deadpool2 himself. David Leitch sat down with the Huffington Post for an interview. He was asked to give his thoughts about the Uncle Ben theory. Playing coy, Leitch responded:
"Interesting. That's a really interesting question. I think that people should continue to theorize who that old man was."
OK, let's press pause here. Before freaking out, it's important to keep in mind that this wasn't an outright confirmation of #UncleBen in "No Good Deed," but there's something very intriguing about #DavidLeitch's answer. He could have just shut down the rumor and moved on — but he chose to keep the mystery alive, and there are a few factors that make this theory plausible.
The Creative Team Wants A Crossover Between Deadpool And Spider-Man
Last year, while doing press for Deadpool's Blu-ray release, producer #SimonKinberg and director #TimMiller revealed they had been trying to "build bridges" with Marvel Studios to get an on-screen crossover between the web-slinger and the mercenary. Kinberg added that they actually consulted with Kevin Feige about the possibility:
"With all of the deals that have recently started happening, we asked if they could get visitation rights to Sony's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. I would love to see it. Both of us are close with Kevin [Feige], we respect and love Kevin. If it were even remotely possible, we will find a way 'cause we'd would love to see it."
That's awesome, but what about the corporate side of things?
Marvel Is Quite Fond Of Deadpool
Secondly, it's no secret that the House of Ideas has love for #Deadpool, especially after his record-breaking solo adventure, which earned $783 million internationally on a $58 million budget. Unlike other Fox-owned properties like the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel loves to merchandise and promote the Merc with a Mouth. The character has numerous action figures, solo comic book series (including a Deadpool/Spider-Man run) and video game appearances under his well-equipped belt.
On top of that, #KevinFeige is involved in Deadpool 2 as a producer, so there's already a pretty strong connection between Wade Wilson and the Marvel Cinematic Universe — which as I've previously theorized, could lead to Deadpool crossing over with Spidey or even the #MCU as a whole down the line, perhaps with a cameo in Avengers: Infinity War.
As it stands right now, the Uncle Ben theory isn't official, but there's a strong case for it being a reality. Plus, it would be a genius move. Marvel famously skipped Peter Parker's backstory for #SpiderManHomecoming, so it would be awesome to know that we got at least part of it through Deadpool 2's first teaser. Hopefully we got more info on this in the near future.
Deadpool comes back to theaters on June 1, 2018.
Do you think Deadpool was sorta responsible for Uncle Ben's death? Would you like to see the Merc with a Mouth in the MCU? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: The Huffington Post]