From Deadpool to Doctor Strange – When Comics Shatter the Fourth Wall!

Deadpool is notorious for his comics’ fourth wall breaks, but he’s not the only character who’s been known to employ the technique. While mostly only Marvel characters have been known to break the fourth wall, it has occasionally occurred in DC comics as well. Below are some Marvel’s funniest fourth wall breaks in all their glory!

Deadpool’s jab at Ryan Reynolds

Because apparently, taking a jab at the actor who brings you to life on screen is a thing when you’re the Merc with a Mouth. The above panel is obviously a direct reference to Deadpool’s appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he is played by Ryan Reynolds and literally looks like a college fraternity prank involving a permanent marker went horribly wrong.

She-Hulk has a problem with the writer

This fourth wall break is a little bit tougher to explain than some of the others on this list. Apparently, while writing the Fantastic Four comics, writer John Byrne had a crush on She-Hulk, which she clearly wasn’t excited about. Wouldn’t be my first choice, but, to each their own I suppose.

And apparently also has a problem with the narrator

I haven’t read this particular issue, but apparently, the narrator must’ve done something to incur She-Hulk’s wrath, and apparently, he’s been doing it quite a bit! She fires him! I mean can a character even do that? Where’s the Comics Code Authority now?

She doesn’t seem to be a fan of the writing style either

She-Hulk seems to dole out more destruction to the fourth wall than Deadpool could ever imagine. In this panel, she’s criticizing one of the greatest comic book cliches, introducing the major villain to the audience before the protagonist. She-Hulk clearly isn’t thrilled with the concept and makes it keenly obvious just how unhappy with the situation she is. But perhaps the most recent Marvel fourth wall break?

When Doctor Strange gave his thoughts on the actor playing him in his new movie

That’s right, in Gwenpool #3, The Sorcerer Supreme was showing Gwen the things transpiring in our world and discovered there was an upcoming film about his adventures starring Benedict Cumberbatch. After discovering what actor had been cast to play him, Strange gave his blessing to the performance stating, “Benedict Cumberbatch, eh? Sure, I could see that.”

Comics break the fourth wall a lot. And we love it when it happens. Deadpool, She-Hulk, you guys are pioneers.

What are some of your favorite comic book fourth wall breaks? Comment below!


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