Deadpool, the subversive superhero movie, is slaying box office records. To put the biggest R-Rated opening weekend in perspective, Deadpool’s domestic gross of $132.7 million from Friday to Sunday ($152.2 million Fri-Mon) handily beats out more established comic book franchises Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million).
Deadpool is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” and he lives up to his name by delivering one-line zingers and pop culture references at a rapid fire pace. Just about anything is fair game to Deadpool’s razor-sharp tongue. He’s making funny barbs about Wolverine/Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds himself, many superhero movie tropes and even the movie studios.
Some of the humor especially the retro 80’s and 90’s references can fly over the heads of the younger generation. Take for example, Deadpool’s post credit scene which is humorous in itself and a great spoof of how many comic book movies nowadays make the audience stay in the theater until the very end but it’s even more clever knowing it’s an homage to an 80’s movie.
Watch the video above from New RockStars which explains in detail how Deadpool’s post credit scene is a spoof of the John Hughes directed movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick. Like Deadpool, Ferris Bueller breaks the fourth wall by directly talking to the audience and it too had a post credit scene. The jokes are spot on from the near identical bathrobes and the “chicka chicka”, a line from the song “Oh Yeah” featured in the Ferris Bueller film.
Deadpool sure has … balls. The post credit scene not only confidently announces a sequel, it also reveals who Deadpool will be teaming up with next. If the name Cable doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the grown-up son of Cyclops (Scott Summers). In a nutshell, Cable is a time travelling mutant from the future, known for his cybernetic eye and arm, plus his psionic powers. In the comics one of his missions was to prevent Apocalypse from rising to power, he also had a series titled Cable & Deadpool.
Deadpool is not the only mutant offshoot from the X-Men movie franchise. In 2017, Channing Tatum will star as the card throwing Gambit. 20th Century Fox is banking big on the Magic Mike star. The production budget for Gambit is reportedly over a $150 million, in comparison Deadpool has already made back it’s relatively low production budget of $58 million.
Do you think Deadpool lives up to the hype or are you wondering what the fuss is about? Did you catch all the references in Deadpool’s post credit scene?