Deadpool 2 is a funny movie that finds much of its humor in making references to other entertainment properties — including insulting the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s own superheroes.
One of Deadpool 2’s best jokes, however, works on multiple levels, including what appears to be a totally accidental spoof of another beloved joke.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Deadpool 2.]
Sitting on a couch, recovering from being torn in half by a recently escaped Juggernaut, Deadpool reveals that he’s slowly growing his legs back. His regenerative ability means he can recover from literally being ripped apart, but it takes some time for the Merc with a Mouth to return to full strength.
So, for the time being, Wade “Deadpool” Wilson has to rock a pair of baby legs.
It’s a disturbing, hilarious scene, and one that riffs on an earlier joke in the first Deadpool wherein Wilson has to contend with a baby hand. It’s a great callback, but it’s not the only joke people picked up on. The “baby legs” goof, made a little more raunchy by Deadpool 2’s R-rating, is reminiscent of Rick and Morty’s baby legs joke from the show’s second season.
The scenes aren’t exactly the same and, although Deadpool 2 is full of Rick and Morty-style jokes, it’s probably not a reference. Still, it’s impossible to watch Deadpool accept help from Cable in an attempt to save the world without comparing those circumstances to the scene above. Even the waddling is right on cue!
Deadpool 2 didn’t steal a Rick and Morty joke — just like the decision to kill off the entire X-Force team is heavily reminiscent of MacGruber but probably not a direct lift. It’s far more likely Deadpool 2’s writers and Rick and Morty’s co-creators have the same sense of humor.
Just like us! We should just appreciate that there are people who want to make baby legs jokes, and Hollywood studios who are willing to give them money.
Deadpool 2 is now playing in theaters.