WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
Fans are conditioned by this point to scour superhero movies for sly nods to to the comic book source material and clever cameos. That goes double for a character like Deadpool, whose fourth wall-breaking nature makes such references not only easier but that much more anticipated. If Deadpool 2 weren't packed full of Easter eggs, audiences would undoubtedly be disappointed.
So, it's lucky for everyone that the Fox sequel doesn't hold back, with callouts to comic book characters, creators and even a location. We breakdown the best below.
One of the biggest surprises of the movie was a split-second cameo by the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, which occurs while Wade and Colossus are walking through the halls of the X-Mansion. The camera peers into a room off the main corridor, and we see Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Professor X (James McAvoy), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The really eagle-eyed will notice Quicksilver is even wearing his trademark rock T-shirt; this time it’s Nirvana.
At the beginning of the movie, Deadpool tries to commit suicide by igniting a half-dozen barrels of kerosene. The explosion sends his arms, a Croc, a handgun, his utility belt and then his head all careening toward the camera. As Wilson’s melon passes, it's still talking in what would appear to be a nod to Headpool.
There are dozens of alternate-reality versions of Deadpool in the Marvel Universe, but one of the most popular is the Deadpool from Earth-2149, the world from the Marvel Zombies series. While its Deadpool gets decapitated, his disembodied noggin escapes to Marvel’s mainstream universe, and through a convoluted sequence of events ends up joining Wade’s Deadpool Corps. Headpool commonly sports a propeller beanie, which actually transports him.
Another popular parallel-reality Deadpool is Wanda Wilson, aka Lady Deadpool, wlooks just like Wade except that she has a shock of blonde hair sprouting from the back of her mask. We're pretty sure this character gets a nod when Deadpool is stripping in a bar in Biloxi near the start of the film. He's in his suit, but is wearing a wig over the mask. Of course, it would make more sense, even with his scarring, to have his mask off if he were trying to be believable as a woman. Instead we get a look that seems to be some fun fan service.