For those of (the millions of) you that saw Logan in the theater, you were treated to an amazingly entertaining and perfect short film about Deadpool titled No Good Deed. In that film (Spoiler Alert for those that haven’t seen it) Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson oversees some ruffians mugging an elderly man in an alley and essentially runs over to a phone booth to put on his costume so he can become Deadpool and save the man. The gag is that it takes him forever to put the suit on and by the time he does, the old man is already dead. Now, the internet being the internet, a theory emerged that that old man was actually Uncle Ben, from Spider-Man (Homecoming?).
Deadpool 2 Director David Leitch (who also directed No Good Deed) responded to the theory (in an interview to the Huffington post), saying:
“That’s a really interesting question. I think that people should continue to theorize who that old man was”
Apparently, that answer was so surprising that the Huffington Post interviewer, Bill Bradley, said: “Whoa, what?!?!” afterwards. So, what can we take from that? Well, Deadpool obviously is a Fox property while Spider-Man belongs to Sony and is being lent out to Marvel Studios. However, Deadpool clearly wanted to give an impression (or at least give a shout out to, or just plain confuse fan-boys) that it was connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by including elements from those films. For example, at the end of the film, Deadpool goes to save his fiance on what looks a lot like a decommissioned or crashed helicarrier. Considering the fact that three helicarriers crashed at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it made a lot of people think that Deadpool was secretly part of the MCU. During the battle to get to the carrier, Deadpool also came across a character he refers to as “Bob”, which in the comic books is “Hydra-Bob”. Obviously, Hydra is part of the MCU as well.
So, while you could look at this as the director wanting to create hype or chatter about Deadpool 2, it sounded more like he was saying that the old man’s identity is important, so keep talking about it because while he wasn’t actually Uncle Ben (especially considering the Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming is Marissa Tomei and the old man looked in his late 70’s or early 80’s) it is someone important. Who that someone important is, obviously has yet to be disclosed or discovered, but it’s definitely interesting and something that should make us all jump on the Marvel Wiki to search for characters over 70 in the Marvel comic universe.
Who do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments!