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Ryan Reynolds has said that there are over one hundred references throughout the entire film, including easter eggs, pop-culture references, cameos, and direct hits at other Marvel films.

Pre-Release

  • The test footage alone contains references to Gwen Stefani, Juice Newton, Ricardo Montalbán, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Cobra.
  • The first image of Deadpool's costume is a reference to a famous nude photo of Burt Reynolds laying on a bearskin rug.
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  • According to Reynolds, Deadpool's swords are named "Bea" and "Arthur." Doubles as a Mythology Gag, as comics Deadpool famously had an infatuation with Bea Arthur when she was still alive. He also wears a shirt with Arthur on it during his date with Vanessa.
  • One promotional short has Deadpool killing Mario Lopez while exclaiming "Fuck you, Slater!" A.C. Slater was the name of Mario Lopez's character on Saved by the Bell.
  • One poster for the film has a version of a Joker line from the 1989 Batman film, "Wait 'til you get a load of me."
  • A promotional campaign for the movie is a parody of the Uncle Sam Wants You poster, with Deadpool declaring "You want ME."
  • "Hi Tom!" in the test footage is a Take That! to former Fox producer Tom Rothman, who was infamously responsible for the Executive Meddling that bogged down the X-Men films for a while, including refusing to greenlight a bona fide Deadpool movie and butchering Deadpool himself in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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