As Deadpool is owned by 20th Century Fox it’s going to be a long time before we get to see Wade Wilson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Especially since Deadpool was such a monumental surprise when it was released back in February.
But rather than ignoring the character’s illustrious past with Marvel comics, it has now been revealed that Deadpool’s writers, producers, and director included several easter eggs that actually linked the crime fighting vigilante with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The good folks over at Comic Book Movie noticed this particular Easter Eggs that links Deadpool to Marvel while watching the Extended version of Deadpool, as well as the various deleted scenes from the blockbuster, too.
During one of these scenes, the individual watching noticed that a particular prison in the film was actually named The Raft, which is used to incarcerate super villains and criminals in the comics.
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But that’s not all, because The Raft prison was actually used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, too, as it popped up in Captain America: Civil War. This was where the rest of Captain America’s side were imprisoned, which included the likes of Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), following their battle against Iron Man and his pals at the German airport.
This isn’t the only reference that Deadpool made to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though. That’s because the final fight scene in Deadpool actually took place on a helicarrier, which we previously saw in both The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
However, while speaking to io9, Emmanuel Shiu, who is the artist that designed the helicarrier for Deadpool, admitted that she was told to make the aircraft as different to that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as possible. So that they could avoid a possible legal battle with their rivals, who would have every right to pursue such a matter, even though they’d come across a bit petty if they did.
Of course, Deadpool’s most blatant reference to the Marvel Cinematic Universe came right at the very end of the blockbuster, once the entire credits had run. This saw Deadpool emerge wearing a bathrobe and talking directly to the audience, where he jokes about “Sam Jackson in an eyepatch,” which is a direct reference to the actor’s role as Nick Fury in the MCU.
There was one delightful Deadpool Easter Egg that the film managed to sneak past Marvel. If the studio had noticed this reference there’s a good chance they’d have requested that Deadpool remove the scene in question, as it saw The Merc With The Mouth come face to face with one of his most frequent adversaries/companions in the comics, Bob, Agent Of HYDRA.
Since 20th Century Fox don’t own the rights to use the evil organization HYDRA, which has been at the heart of the first two Captain America films as well as Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick looked for a way to get round the character’s inclusion.
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Back in February they explained to Cinema Blend how they did just that, remarking, “That’s why he’s just called Bob. 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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