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Finally. After months of anticipation, Wade Wilson has been released into cinemas, in all his filthy glory. Deadpool is relentlessly comical, with an astronomical joke-count and a cataclysmic clusterf*ck of movie references.

For those of you who have seen the film, or those that don't mind (sort of) spoilers, check out the 10 lovely movie Easter Eggs and references below.

1. 'Lord of the Rings' - 'Fat Gandalf'

In our first entrance within Sister Margaret's bar, Wade Wilson initiates a fight by ordering a fellow mercenary a 'Blow Job' cocktail, and telling the waitress to say it was from someone else. Low blow, Wade.

The character involved in the fight, Buck, is referred to as Fat Gandalf, in reference to the Wizard of Middle Earth.

2. 'Voltron The Defender' - Team-Up!

Tehee, the Skee ball scene offers the chance for a funny sex joke.

Wilson also uses his winning tokens to buy a Voltron the Defender ring in a reference to Deadpool's partnership with Collosus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead later in the film.

3. 'Star Wars' - It's All In The Name

After fully sealing the deal and proposing to Vanessa, Wade is spooning his future wife when Wilson makes the connection to Yoda riding Luke's back in Star Wars, to which Vanessa questions which movie this happened in.

This is an ode to the fact that originally, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was known simply as Star Wars, and Episode V was known as The Empire Strikes Back.

4. 'Say Anything' - Boombox

The 1989 high school romance was Cameron Crowe's directorial debut, which starred John Cusack and Ione Skye in the lead roles. In one scene in particular, Lloyd (Cusack) stands outside Diane's (Skye) house with a boombox.

After hearing he has cancer, Wade suggests he'll come back in another life and blast out Wham! on a boombox in a reference to the movie.

5. 'The Matrix' - Agent Smith

The representative of the Weapon X program who visits Wade in Sister Margaret's bar is at the brunt of numerous quick whips from the Merc with a Mouth.

In one reference to the 1999 movie, Wade refers to him as Agent Smith, an iconic character who was played by Hugo Weaving. Another more subtle reference is in the form of the slow-mo bullet shots.

6. 'Taken' - Bad Parenting

Following his diagnosis of cancer, Wade is awake at night, unable to sleep. When Vanessa asks him what was wrong, Wilson tells her he had a nightmare involving Liam Neeson in the Taken franchise.

His humorous observation is that, by the third film, maybe you'd just assume Bryan Mills is actually just a bad parent. Fair point.

7. '127 Hours' - Ouch!

Personally, this was one of my favorite scenes. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall, warning viewers of spoilers to Danny Boyle's grisly biopic, before hacking through his arm, backflipping of the bridge in escape, and leaving his mutilated limb behind, middle finger raised.

8. 'Batman and Robin' - Homosexual Relations

The original TV series, starring Adam West, is referenced a few times. Firstly, when Deadpool hits his head on the radio in the taxi, we briefly hear the interlude music.

Then, when he is at home with Blind Al, during a fourth wall break Deadpool describes her as being in love with him, and alludes to Robin being in love with Batman (not so discreetly).

9. 'Alien 3' - Not So Cool

When mocking Negasonic Teenage Warhead and not mentioning Sinead O'Connor, Deadpool refers to the mutant as looking like Ripley from Alien 3 (1992).

In response she refers to Wilson as 'old'. Interesting to note, David Fincher's addition to the franchise, which wasn't well received by fans, was produced also by 20th Century Fox.

10. 'Ferris Beuller’s Day Off' - Post Credits

The post-credit scene is a direct reference to the above scene in the '80s hit starring Matthew Broderick. As well as mimicking the dialogue, Deadpool even wears the same dressing gown.

Did you spot all of these references?

Source: What Culture


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