[ Warning: spoilers ahead! ]
The Deadpool movie has finally dropped, and it definitely lives up to the hype. Ryan Reynolds is perfect as the "Merc with a Mouth," delivering crude one-liners with feigned coquettishness before springing into perfectly choreographed action sequences.
But for all the film's violence, sexual innuendos and more violence, Deadpool actually has surprising emotional depth. When all is said and done, it's a story about a boy trying to save a girl, and that's pretty damn sweet (even if, along the way, the boy turns a bad guy or two into "a fucking kebab").
And of course, in true fourth-wall-breaking style, Deadpool is stuffed full of Marvel Easter Eggs. Let's tally up the best ones!
Wade Felt Up Wolverine
In one of the scenes we saw in the trailer, Deadpool explains how he finally got this movie made ... and it's not how we expected.
"Whose balls did I have to fondle to get my own movie? Can't tell ya, but it rhymes with Pulverine! [Australian accent] He’s got a nice pair of smooth ones down under!"
This is only the start of the Wolverine references. Wade also has a copy of People magazine naming Hugh Jackman the sexiest man alive.
My personal favorite reference to Wolverine was when Deadpool removed his mask ... to reveal another mask of Hugh Jackman's face. Which he had presumably been wearing for a good portion of the movie. I think it's safe to say Wade has a little crush!
He's Got An Action Figure Of THAT Deadpool
Remember X-Men Origins: Wolverine? The timeless classic which blessed us with the best version of Deadpool ever to grace the silver screen?
Yikes. Well, this abomination is cheekily referenced several times during the Deadpool movie. Ajax threatens to "sew your pretty mouth shut," and Wade has an action figure of this version of Deadpool, which looks a little something like this:
So in case you were wondering: Yes, Wade is very much aware of the X-Men movies. Which brings us to...
Probably The Best 'X-Men' Reference Of All Time
We've got two X-Men in Deadpool: Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. So naturally, there are plenty of references to the X-Men films. As Colossus drags Deadpool off to see Xavier, Wade asks:
"McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines are so confusing!"
Which is probably the best fourth-wall break of all time.
This line casually makes fun of the convoluted X-Men timelines while establishing that not only does Wade know he's in a movie franchise, but he's been trying — and failing — to follow the story. Excellent.
Oh, and of course there's this line from when Wade glances inside Xavier's school:
"With such a big mansion it's funny how I only ever see two of you. It's almost like the studio couldn't afford another X-Man!"
There's really nothing I can add to that. Apart from the casual nod to one of the best X-Men characters...
Kitty's Proud Of Her Husband
Colossus is the perfect straight-man counterpart to Deadpool, but he's not just deadpan: The Russian metalman is eager to wax lyrical about the ethics of being a hero. He's dedicated to recruiting Deadpool for the X-Men, and of course Wade doesn't think much of that. Cue Deadpool punching Colossus right in his colossal junk. Did I mention Colossus is made of metal?
Obviously, Deadpool breaks his hand trying to punch that junk, causing him to cry out:
"Your poor wife!"
Which is both hilarious and a subtle nod to Kitty Pryde, a.k.a. Shadowcat, who was married to Colossus in the X-Men comics. Nice one.
Of course, Kitty is played by Ellen Page in the X-Men films, and thanks to Days Of Future Past retcon, Kitty is alive and well while Deadpool's fucking shit up. And now it seems possible that she married Colossus in this timeline.
BONUS: Is That A Helicarrier??
Keep your eyes peeled in the film's finale: It definitely looks like the characters are fighting on a crashed helicarrier, which the Avengers use. You know, Marvel's Avengers who belong to a totally different universe (as in, the one owned by Disney).
It's a very subtle reference, but as the giant wreck tips over, you can see the helicarrier's jet engines on the side.
Obviously, there are tons more Marvel references in the movie (look out for Deadpool's creator Rob Liefeld being mentioned at every opportunity), but these are probably the best.