Summary

  • Deadpool’s ability to make explicit jokes about Disney is part of the fun of him being a part of the company.
  • The trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine showcases the character’s raunchiness and fourth-wall-breaking humor, proving that Disney is embracing rated R content.
  • While She-Hulk also included meta commentary, Deadpool & Wolverine has the opportunity to go further with self-aware satire without sacrificing the film’s story.



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The first trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine featured a hilarious Disney joke, but this isn’t the first time the MCU bit the hand that feeds it. When it was announced Deadpool would be joining the MCU, many were concerned that Disney would prevent the character from being his raunchy, fourth-wall-breaking, immature self. However, the trailer evaporated those concerns within the first few seconds of the trailer, with Wade Wilson breaking the fourth wall and making a joke directed at Disney.


Deadpool has already referenced the MCU and Disney in his previous films, but now the Merc with a Mouth has full access to the pantheon of entertainment that falls under Disney. However, his meta-commentary directed at the House of Mouse isn’t new to the MCU. One character already mocked the company, stealing Deadpool’s spotlight before he joined the show.

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Deadpool & Wolverine’s Disney Joke Explained

Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool in the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer


Part of the fun of Deadpool being a part of Disney is that he can be fully unleashed against the company. There is a plethora of jokes at his disposal, and he wastes no time going after Disney. In the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer, Wade’s birthday party is interrupted by a group of TVA soldiers. When they whip out time sticks to possibly prune him, he mocks them, saying they’re not scary. He goes one step further, looking at the camera and saying, “Pegging isn’t new for me, friend. But it is for Disney.”

Indeed, the joke is much more explicit than one would expect in a Disney project. Deadpool is a raunchy character, and it is the first time Disney and Marvel are embracing rated R content, and Wade acknowledges it here. The trailer also features plenty of blood, and Wade even drops the f-bomb later. However, he isn’t the first character to use the f-word in an MCU film, as that honor goes to Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.


She-Hulk Went After Disney And Marvel In Its Season Finale

The She-Hulk finale begins as a confrontation between Jennifer Walters and Todd, who transforms into the HulkKing. However, it then turns into chaos with Abomination, Hulk, and Titania showing up, and the scene turns into an all-out brawl. Jen is fed up with this clustered finale and decides to talk to her creators about it. She then leaps out of Disney+ and heads to Disney Studios. After confronting the writers about this disastrous finale, she is told to speak to Kevin. However, it’s not Kevin Feige, but a robot with the acronym K.E.V.I.N.


She talks to KEVIN about the finale, explaining why the finale needs to focus more on her since it is her show. This discussion mocks Marvel, making self-aware comments about their rushed finales that often include lame CGI fights. KEVIN also asks She-Hulk to transform back into Jen since She-Hulk’s CGI is expensive. This is a shot directed at both Marvel and Disney regarding their expensive CGI budgets, especially She-Hulk in the Marvel Studios offices in the She-Hulk season 1 finale.

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Breaking the fourth wall is nothing new for Deadpool. The character has made many hilarious meta jokes, such as shooting his botched variant from X-Men Origins Wolverine and asking whether Professor X in his universe is Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy. Now under Disney, Deadpool has access to the studio’s full arsenal, and it could lead to many hilarious, satirical jokes about how much Disney owns and about the current messy state of the MCU.


She-Hulk did that first but with mixed results. While the self-aware KEVIN robot is admittedly funny, the meta finale served as an excuse to get the writers out of a lazy ending. It did have some laughs and clever commentary, but it sacrificed the story by making everything feel meaningless. Deadpool has also called out the writers for being lazy, but it never took away from the narrative or Wade’s character arc. Deadpool & Wolverine can go even further with self-aware satire, but not to the point that it ruins the film’s story.

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