13 Moments That Make Deadpool the Best Comic Book Movie To Date
Major Spoilers for Deadpool follow...
1. The Opening Credits
If you're a Deadpool fan, it won't take you very long at all to realize that this movie will make you smile. The opening credits laid on the comedy in a big way, with 'Angel of the Morning' by Juice Newton (YES!) playing in the background, the opening credits give a slow-mo preview of one of the movie's many fight scenes. The names of the cast and crew are replaced with self-aware witticisms like 'An Overpaid Tool' (Director Tim Miller), 'A British Villain' (Ed Skrein) and 'The Real Heroes Here' (Deadpool's writing team).
2. All of the Comic Book Movie Easter Eggs
Thank the lord that Ryan Reynolds and Fox opted not to shy away from the baggage of past superhero adaptations. Some of the movie's best moments came when they poked fun at the likes of Fox's X-Men movies and, of course, Reynolds' appearance as Green Lantern. Deadpool revels in its ability to reference the resurgence of geek culture, and fans will no doubt have an absolute field day dissecting all the references.
3. Hugh Jackman
Sorry to get your hopes up. Hugh Jackman doesn't actually appear in the Deadpool movie, but thanks to the Easter Eggs mentioned above, the Wolverine actor is definitely there in spirit. From flashes of him on the front of People magazine to references about his magnificent genitalia, Hugh Jackman and Wolverine probably should have received a credit in this movie for the role they played.
4. Captain Deadpool
Witnessing a superhero come up with their superhero name can often be a truly cringeworthy name (we're looking at you, Fantastic Four), but Deadpool navigated this moment deftly with the comedy stylings of Miller and Reynolds. As Weasel helps Wade come to terms with his new superpowered life, the pair are drawn to the 'Dead Pool' hanging behind Weasel's bar. Wade's first suggestion for a name? CAPTAIN Dead Pool!
We're going to have to insist that any Deadpool movie sequel features Dopinder the taxi driver in an official 'sidekick' role. We're also going to insist that the writers see to it that he finally steals Gita's heart.
6. Deadpool's Baby Hand
We all know that Deadpool has remarkable healing abilities, but when he saws his hand off to escape the clutches of Colossus we were left wondering how the adaptation would tackle the issue of regrowth. The answer? With a hilarious little baby hand that Deadpool instantly wants to masturbate with, because "I bet 'it' feels huge in this."
7. Stan Lee's Cameo
Stan Lee is the man. The king of cameos returns once more, with arguably his best role yet. As Wade and Weasel head to a sleazy strip club in search of Vanessa, Mr. Lee can be seen as the club's MC, informing the clientele of which ladies are up on stage next. Nothing gets a round of applause from a bunch of geeks in a theater quite like a good Stan Lee cameo, and this particular one is up there with the best.
8. Everything Involving Colossus
Colossus is a close second to Deadpool when it comes to our favorite character from the movie. His 'gentle giant' demeanour and philosophical ramblings were the perfect balance to the Merc's foul-mouthed wise cracks. His constant attempts to convince Deadpool to join the X-Men were endearing, and the fact that he throws down in an epic fist fight with Gina Carano's Angel Stardust rounded out the character nicely. Long live Rasputin.
9. The Use of the X-Mansion
Among the many nods to the previous crop of X-Men movies, the X-Mansion features a number of times throughout Deadpool. The exterior shots look to have been filmed on location outside Hatley Castle in British Columbia, which is actually the very same building used to portray the famous superhero hub in the movies X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand.
10. Deadpool has Budget Issues
Though the film visits the X-Mansion a number of times, we only ever see three characters there (Deadpool, Colossus, and Teenage Negasonic Warhead). This is a fact that Deadpool points out to Xavier's lonely minions, saying that it's almost as if they didn't have the budget for more than two X-Men? Meta comments like this were present throughout the movie, and are no doubt going to be one of the main reasons people love it.
11. That Liam Neeson Dream
As he sits up alone one night, Wade finds himself contemplating his options with the knowledge that mutation may be the only way he can win his battle with cancer. When Vanessa wakes up and asks him what's wrong, Wade responds with one of our favorite moments in the whole film, explaining that he had "That Liam Neeson dream again" where he dreamt that he'd kidnapped Liam Neeson's daughter, and the Irish action star was chasing him down. Reflectively, Wade utters "They've made 3 of those movies. At some point you have to think that it's just down to bad parenting."
12. The Post-Credits Scene
These days, seeing the credits roll rarely spells the end of the movie, and Deadpool is no exception to the rule. But, if you're expecting a tease for Deadpool 2, the Merc with a Mouth has a special message that may leave you disappointed.
13. The Soundtrack
DMX, Salt N' Peppa, and Wham!, yes, WHAM!!!!!! As with Guardians of the Galaxy, the soundtrack to Deadpool is an excellent supporting cast member.