“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.

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