Here Are All 58 Pop Culture References In "Deadpool 2"
From Justin Bieber to Beyoncé, here's the best of the best. Spoilers ahead.
Deadpool 2 is basically a masterclass in pop culture references. It's jam-heckin-packed. So I spent all 119 minutes of the movie scribbling furiously, trying to catch every genius hat-tip I could. Here's the best of what I saw and heard (SPOILERS ABOUND):
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In the very first scene, Deadpool has a figurine of dead, impaled Wolverine from 2017's
9 to 5
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The soundtrack for
Deadpool 2 is full of bangers, but Deadpool gives Dolly Parton — who both stars in the 1980 film and sings the theme song of the same name that blasts over the montage of Deadpool killing people across the globe — a special shoutout: "Hit it, Dolly."
There are a ton of Disney references in
Deadpool 2, but this is the first. Deadpool uses it as a reference to prove that Deadpool 2 is, in fact, a family film, because every family movie starts with a vicious murder.
The Lion King
This one also includes a vicious murder near the beginning. RIP Mufasa.
Vicious murder here, too, obviously.
The Passion of the Christ
Deadpool references the first
Deadpool movie out-performing Mel Gibson's 2004 movie "overseas, where there's no religion."
Deadpool tells Dopinder, "Talk to me, Goose," in the cab in the beginning of the movie.
Interview with the Vampire
Dopinder wants to become a contract killer, much like Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) when she first tasted blood, then looked up at Lestat's (Tom Cruise) smooth, handsome face and said, "I want some more."
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Obviously there are a ton of references to (and even quick appearances by) the major X-Men players. From Deadpool trashing X-Mansion in Professor Xavier's wheelchair to donning Cerebro and remarking that it smells like Patrick Stewart, there's some X-Gold here.
Deadpool makes two references to Batman. The first is when he says he was "fighting a caped badass, [then] discovered his momma's named Martha, too." It's a reference to one of the worst/best scenes in
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
And Batman, again.
When Cable asks Deadpool who he is, Deadpool replies, "I'm Batman."
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Deadpool jokes to Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) that he wants their kid to have one name, "like Cher."
And Cher, again.
At the end of the movie, Deadpool uses Cable's time thingy to turn back time and "clean up the timeline." He returns to that same scene as Cher's "Turn Back Time" blasts and he screams, "We're definitely naming our kid Cher!"
Barbra Streisand's 1983 film plays, and she sings "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" right after Deadpool and Vanessa decide to have a baby.
Frozen / "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"
Then, after Vanessa dies, Deadpool drunkenly tells Weasel that he thinks the song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Disney's
Frozen sounds "suspiciously like 'Papa, Can You Hear Me?' from Yentl." Later on, Deadpool's dying words are, "Do you wanna build a snowman?"
"Pretty sure Luke nailed her."
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In the opening credits, Deadpool strikes that iconic 1983
Flashdance pose, but with bullets raining on him instead of water.
The trolly opening credits refer to director David Leitch as "one of the guys who killed the dog in
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After Vanessa dies, Deadpool tells Weasel, "George Michael was right. I'm never gonna dance again. He's dead, too."
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Deadpool follows up the George Michael comment with, "At least we still have Bowie." Lolsob.
When Deadpool returns to Blind Al's, he opens up the floorboards to reveal the 1,600 kilos of cocaine and a package labeled "the cure for blindness" that he promised in the first movie.
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When Blind Al tells Deadpool, "You need to just keep living," after Vanessa dies, he responds, "Thank you, Matthew McConaughey, your words are a treasure."
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While he's chilling in X-Mansion, Deadpool wears a T-shirt with
Taylor Swift's two cats, Meredith and Olivia, on it.
New Line Cinema
The T-shirt design is a nod to Reynolds' criminally underrated role in 2005's
Fox & Friends
FOX's conservative TV program gets a shoutout when Negasonic (Brianna Hildebrand) introduces her new girlfriend, Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna), to Deadpool, who quips, "Bump the hate-brakes,
Fox & Friends, I'm just surprised anyone would date you."
My Little Pony
Deadpool refers to Yukio as Pinkie Pie.
Deadpool gets in a quick
Lemonade joke with, "Like Beyoncé says, 'Please, please stop cheating on me."
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When Russell has his first meltdown and the X-Men try to calm him down, he refers to Negasonic by screaming, "Stay back, or Justin Bieber dies!"
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Much later, Deadpool calls Negasonic "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."
And during the credits, Deadpool refers to Negasonic as Eleven from
Stranger Things as she tries to fix Cable's time manipulation device.
Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) tries to steal the iconic line from 1987's
RoboCop — "Come quietly, or there will be trouble" — and gets promptly called out.
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Deadpool refers to one of the abusive guards at Essex School for Mutant Rehabilitation as "Baldilocks" and the other as Jared Kushner, aka Donald Trump's son-in-law.
When Russell and Deadpool are captured and first enter prison, Deadpool remarks, "I wonder what gang I'll be in. Is there, like, a Sorting Hat?"
This Is Spinal Tap
Cable (Josh Brolin) has a crazy-ass gun from the future that goes up to 10 instead of 11 — likely a reference to the 1984 mockumentary
This Is Spinal Tap.
When Deadpool discovers that Cable's from the future, he asks if dubstep's still a thing, makes a joke about his robotic arm, and asks "which
Sharknado we're on."
DC Extended Universe
In addition to the Batman zingers, Deadpool asks Cable, "You're so dark, you sure you're not from the DC Universe?"
During one of Deadpool's many death scenes in
Deadpool 2, his voiceover sadly says, "In every film, there's a moment when the hero hits rock bottom. In Cool Runnings, it was when John Candy's prize bobsled broke."
The Human Centipede
Then continues, "In
Human Centipede, it was when those people signed on to be in that movie."
Annie (the musical)
Again, there are some bangers on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, but "Tomorrow" from the musical
Annie plays on vinyl while Cable's family is murdered (proving it is truly a timeless classic), and again when Cable shoots Deadpool and he dies. So it gets a special spot.
Tupac Shakur and Ice Cube
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When Russell befriends the Juggernaut in prison, he tells him, "We're a team. We're like thugs, we're like gangsters. I'm like Tupac and you're like Ice Cube."
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When Bedlam (Terry Crews) joins X-Force, he says his powers can cause "anxiety, confusion, pain." Deadpool replies, "So, basically, you're Dave Matthews."
Matt Damon /
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Matt Damon makes a cameo as a redneck alongside Alan Tudyk, but what's even better is that Damon is credited as "Dickie Greenleaf" — the identity he steals from Jude Law in the 1999 movie
The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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When Domino and Deadpool argue over whether luck is or isn't a super power, Deadpool replies, "Mario No-pez."
When Cable's about to torture Weasel for information, Weasel responds that he doesn't do well with pain, and cried when they cancelled the 1998 TV show
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Deadpool burns actor Josh Brolin's height when he describes Cable as, "Very short, 5'11", not like in the comics."
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Yep, that's Brad Pitt getting electrocuted as The Vanisher for a hot second.
I refuse to believe that anyone in a movie dying via wood chipper is NOT a reference to 1996's Fargo. RIP Zeitgeist.
Deadpool tells Cable, "Gimme your best shot, One-Eyed Willie," which is a reference to Brolin's role as Brand in the 1985 classic movie
During the movie's epic car chase scene, Deadpool yells, "Hands off that kid, John Connor," at Cable as he tries to kill Russell.
X-Men Juggernaut comics
When Juggernaut first appears, Deadpool fanboys out and mentions a few of his favorite Juggernaut-centric comics, including "Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1, #183" and "X-Men Unlimited, Vol 1., #12."
Winnie the Pooh
"Oh yeah, full Winnie the Pooh." We all know what scene that's from.
The Jim Henson Co.
"It's like he's a muppet from the waist down, but this time, you can see the muppet's dick." Yup.
The Time Traveler's Wife
Weasel references the 2009 movie, based on the 2003 novel, by calling Cable "the time traveler's wife's husband."
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Deadpool stands outside and blasts "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, just like Lloyd Dobler in 1989's
As he's dying, Deadpool bequeaths his
Adventure Time watch to Domino.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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Reynolds first appears as Deadpool in 2009's
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and during the post-credits montage, we see him kill that initial version of himself.
Avengers: Infinity War
There are some great jokes in
Deadpool 2 about Marvel's most recent box office smash — from roasting Hawkeye to calling Josh Brolin "Thanos." Read the full list here.
Ryan Reynolds /
Yup, Deadpool signs a box of Super Flakes cereal with Wolverine on the cover, and he signs it "Ryan Reynolds." And, last but not least, Deadpool shoots Ryan Reynolds in the head as he's holding the script for the 2011 disaster
Green Lantern, and ends it all by saying, "You're welcome, Canada."
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