Deadpool 2 is finally here and, as you might expect, it’s bulging with easter eggs. Of course, most superhero movies feature a whole lot of easter eggs and references to the comic books they’re based on and maybe other films in the same franchise, so this might not sound like anything too surprising. Deadpool 2, however, is on a completely different level.
Due to its fourth wall breaking nature and the quip-happy tendencies of its titular character, the pic takes aim at every major superhero franchise there is, makes fun of various other famous movies along the way and, of course, also drops in a lot of jokes that will make comic book readers laugh out loud but possibly sail over the heads of general audiences.
Obviously, there are a whole handful of easter eggs related to Hugh Jackman and in particular, Wolverine, which was to be expected. But there’s also one smaller nod hidden in the film that references one of the actor’s other roles, and most people seemed to have completely missed it.
When Russell and DP are thrown into prison, the former’s inmate number is 24601. Nothing odd about that, right? Well, those of you who know your musicals should instantly recognize the number, as it’s the same one assigned to Jean Valjean, who Jackman played in the 2012 adaptation of Les Miserables.
Of course, it could just be a coincidence, but what are the odds that the filmmakers behind Deadpool 2 would end up with the exact same 5 digit number? Couple that with the fact that there are a bunch of other nods to Hugh in the sequel as well, and we’re all but certain that this was deliberate.
Tell us, did you spot any easter eggs in Deadpool 2 that you think others might’ve missed? If so, be sure to share them with us in the comments section down below. Alternatively, if you’re still trying to discover them all, check out our handy guide.