If you haven’t managed to see Fox’s Deadpool yet, you might want to skip this piece for now. We’re about to dive into some spoilers regarding some of the references made within the film, so consider yourself warned. In addition to the countless nods and cameos involving the X-Men films and the actors from them, there are also quite a few references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe within director Tim Miller’s film.
These are all intentional, of course. Some are as cutesy as a sign reading “Feige’s Finest Pizza” or a joke about not being able to afford Samuel L. Jackson for a cameo. Others are more overt, walking right up to the line where Marvel Studios might possibly consider legal action and just waving at them. For instance, the final battle on the film clearly takes place around and atop a downed Helicarrier. It doesn’t look exactly like the ones shown thus far in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that’s the point. An exact duplicate would cause a lawsuit, so a close approximation is good enough and makes it fun.
The film doesn’t stop there, however. As fans of the comic are aware, Deadpool has frequently encountered a low level Hydra goon named Bob. If you’ve seen the film, you know that Hydra Bob makes a surprise appearance in the final act, albeit without directly referencing his usual Hydra employers. If there was any doubt as to exactly who Bob is, I’ll let writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese drive it home, via an interview with CinemaBlend…
“That’s why he’s just called Bob,” said Wernick. “The hardcore fans will go, ‘Oh my God, is that Hydra Bob?’ but the lawyers at Marvel won’t go, ‘Wait, that’s Hydra Bob, they don’t have the rights to it.’ We did take some liberties. Fox has a list of characters that they own and that we can use, and Simon Kinberg, who is a producer on the project, is the keeper of the X universe. So he was a great source for us in knowing what we can use, how it’s going to play into the larger story, and overall arching stories of the X universe. So between Simon and legal, they kind of guided us to what we can and can’t do or have access to, and then it was up to us to see how we were going to use those characters creatively, once we knew we really did have the rights.”
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