Category: Marvel Cinematic Universe

“Deadpool” Won’t Stop Mocking Competition

Deadpool 2 is continuing its promotional blitz, and won’t stop throwing shade at its competitors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe.

In the comics, the Merc With A Mouth is known for breaking the fourth wall—he’s fully aware that he’s in a comic and also seems to have a passing knowledge of comic book properties in the real world. This has transferred well to his cinematic counterpart (played by Ryan Reynolds), who has poked fun at his own series (namely, the confusing X-Men timelines) and others.

It began in the first trailer, when Deadpool stopped the action to note that the CGI on Cable (Josh Brolin) is unfinished. “It’s a metal arm! It’s not like we’re trying to remove a mustache!” he said, in a clear nod to Henry Cavill’s infamous CGI lip from Justice League.

Speaking of Cable, Deadpool is aware that Brolin is also playing the villain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. “Ah, f*ck it, I’ll do it myself” is a nod to Thanos’ dramatic line in Avengers: Age of Ultron’s post-credit scene, and “Zip it, Cable! I got the Stones to help you” is a reference to the Infinity Stones that Thanos is trying to obtain.

In the most recent trailer, Deadpool is stabbed in the shoulder by Cable. This doesn’t phase the immortal much. “So dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?” The DCEU films have been criticized for being overly dour and deconstructive, as well as for their excessive violence (see: Metropolis’ fate in Man of Steel). Incidentally, this may also be an acknowledgement that “DC Extended Universe” is not an official name for the franchise.

If Deadpool is managing this much in trailers, we can only guess how many gags the movie can hold. It will be released May 18, 2018.

“Thor: Ragnarok” Alum Wants to Bring Beta Ray Bill to Life

Jake Morrison, the VFX lead for the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe hit Thor: Ragnarok, says that if another Thor movie gets made, he would like the challenge of bringing Beta Ray Bill to life on the big screen.

“I think I would love to do something with Beta Ray Bill, having been in the Thor universe for a good while,” he said, and added, “I think he’s such a cool character, and the Walt Simonson run in the comics, that one, that iconic cover with Beta Ray Bill in full regalia, clashing with the Mighty Thor. I think that’s an immensely cool moment.”

Beta Ray Bill is a genetically engineered alien who wields power from the Norse gods—i.e., the sort of wonderfully nonsensical character who could only exist in a place like the Marvel Universe. Initially a rival of Thor’s, he too proved worthy to wield the magic hammer Mjolnir, but was ultimately given his own separate weapon, Stormbreaker, instead. The two have since become staunch allies.

As Morrison notes, Beta Ray Bill got an Easter egg in Thor: Ragnarok, where a statue of his face adorned the tower of Sakaar like a gargoyle. It is also worth noting that his species, the Korbinites, canonically exist in the MCU, according to the tie-in comic
Thor: The Dark World Prelude.

Thor’s actor, Chris Hemsworth, as well as director Taika Waititi have both expressed interest in making a fourth installment to this sub-series, despite Marvel Studios traditionally stopping at a trilogy. If so, could ol’ Bill put in an appearance? Some have even suggested him becoming a protagonist, given that he has his own cosmic adventures separate from the Odinson. For now, fans will have to wait and see.