This weekend, Deadpool officially became the second X-Men character to get their own spinoff movie (he’ll soon be followed by Gambit). In the lead up to the movie, there were a lot of questions about how specifically the movie would fit in with the rest of the X-Men cinematic universe, but it was later confirmed that it would exist within the same world despite the continuity issues with Wade Wilson’s previous theatrical appearance, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, following suit with Deadpool in the comics, the movie felt more separate than the main series, even more so than the Wolverine movies. That makes sense, given how Deadpool functions more often as an independent entity than a supporting X-Men character.

Thankfully, despite its loose connection to the rest of the movies, Deadpool didn’t leave audiences without any X-Men elements. Some were obvious, like character appearances and plot elements, others were snarky, fourth wall-breaking comments about the franchise as a whole. After looking over our notes, we’ve compiled the nine best X-Men references Deadpool offered. For all you fans keeping track at home, here are the Easter Eggs and other fun nods towards the world of mutants the movie delivered!

Warning: there will be spoilers for Deadpool from this point forward!

Colossus And Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Colossus And Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Let’s get the easy ones out of the way first. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are two of the movie’s principal characters, though instead of being directly connected to Deadpool’s revenge mission, they’re trying to get him to become a superhero. Well, the giant, metal man might care more about that than the apathetic, explosive teenager. In the comics, Negasonic Teenage Warhead only appeared in a couple issues as Emma Frost’s student before she was killed off, so Deadpool is her second chance at fame. As for Colossus, he previously appeared in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he barely spoke and wasn’t developed as a character. Deadpool is undoubtedly his most important movie appearance yet, even if we never saw him out of his metal form.

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