ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

*minor spoilers for 'Deadpool' *

Let's be honest, there's a lot to love for Deadpool, the antihero film that spent a good decade languishing in development hell before being brought to bear as one of the most anticipated comic book adaptations ever.

There's also a lot to love for the comic books, and the Deadpool movie draws many of its elements from the Joe Kelly Deadpool era of the late '90s, often heralded as the finest writer ever to capture the essence of the Merc with the Mouth.

The Joe Kelly Era

Joe Kelly was the first writer to tackle Deadpool in his own series, and he did such a good job that the film draws a lot of sources from his time at the helm of the comics.

In particular the bar Wade frequents — Sister Margaret's School for Wayward Girls — echoes the Merc's hang out spot created by Kelly. Deadpool's roommate, Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), hails from this era too, first introduced in Deadpool #1. Though the film captured their love/hate dynamic well, it's probably a good thing the movie chose not to use her incredibly dark origin story in which Deadpool is hired to kill her but instead kidnaps her and keeps her prisoner in the Box (not somewhere you'd want to end up).

There's a lot of great stuff missed out though, both in the shapeshifting mutation possessed by Vanessa / Copycat (Morena Baccarin) and Deadpool's romance with the embodiment of Death which triggers his suicidal tendencies while he's being tortured in captivity, but hey — maybe we'll see some of that in the sequel.

So while the general narrative stays fairly true to that of the comics, there is much divergence; but there's one scene in particular that plays out almost panel for panel as it does in Daniel Way and Paco Medina's Deadpool #10 from back in 2008. Did you spot the reference?

The Pizza Guy Scene

We're first introduced to Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) before he gets his face all Deadpool'd up in a scene in which he breaks into someone's house and orders a pizza by way of confronting delivery boy Jeremy (Style Dayne) in retaliation for his stalking of teenage girl Meghan Orlovsky (Taylor Hickson).

In the comics, Deadpool confronts the pizza guy (named Gavin here) about a life ruining rumor he spread about a girl named Tanya Patterson while in high school. Gavin is a popular jock rather than the sad stalker-type character we're presented with in Jeremy and the nature of his crime is changed, but the scene plays out pretty much the same.

Reynolds's line "Pineapple and black olive, right?" and his inquiry about the burnt crust is lifted pretty much word for word from the scene in the comic books (though there's less bedazzling going on with the homeowner's jeans, thankfully).

And while the scene plays out more or less the same as it did in Deadpool #10, there are a few major differences. Firstly, this takes place post-mutation in the comics so the Merc with the Mouth is in his full red suited get-up. Secondly, Deadpool isn't so forgiving as he is in the film and he blows Jeremy / Gavin the hell away.

That's what you get for spreading rumors, Gavin.

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