You don’t need me to tell you that Deadpool’s popularity is at an all-time high – and so Marvel took the opportunity to set up a new series, teaming him up with the ever-amazing Spider-Man! Five issues in, Spider-Man / Deadpool has closed off it’s first arc, and #6 openly admits itself to be a “fill-in issue”. But it’s a bold one – writer Scott Aukerman decided to take Spider-Man and Deadpool to Hollywood, and in so doing he offered a cutting critique of superhero movies!
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE!
Nighthawk and Hyperion are two of Squadron Supreme, a pastiche of DC’s Justice League, so this is about as meta-aware as you can possibly get! There’s even another scene that jibes at .
Spider-Man / Deadpool #6 doesn’t just troll DC films, though – it even trolls Marvel’s own! The issue revolves around Deadpool seeking out Spider-Man for help in Hollywood – because he knows Hollywood “better than anybody”! Later, he’s described as a “total sellout”.
But let’s face it, given Spider-Man’s had, that scene above is easily the greatest troll!
This is probably my favorite troll in the comic. In the ’90s, Marvel – struggling to deal with near-bankruptcy – sold the film rights for their superheroes to major film studios. Nowadays, Marvel Studios is having to deal with a reality where they don’t have the rights to all their characters. Most notably, that means building the Marvel Cinematic Universe !
Notice that extra bit of trolling in the background? It’s well worth looking into the Captain America ” ” controversy and having a laugh at Marvel’s own expense!
BUT THE ULTIMATE TROLLING?
Spider-Man / Deadpool features Spider-Man coming up with the idea for how a Deadpool movie could play out. It’s an amusing scene, basically suggesting that the best superhero movies stay true to what fans love.
But here’s the beautiful irony of this scene. I’m assuming it’s intentional, but it might not be. You see, Deadpool was the best Marvel movie that Marvel never made. Deadpool was made by Fox, with minimal Marvel involvement, and relations between Marvel and Fox have always been pretty tense. So the idea of Marvel giving advice over the Deadpool film is more than a little amusing.
Every now and again, you get a comic that has a sense of humor. It’s no surprise to find that one of those is a comic featuring Deadpool! But it’s entirely possible that Spider-Man / Deadpool #6 is a little more ironic than it’s writer actually knew…
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