To celebrate wrapping production on Deadpool 2, star and producer Ryan Reynolds shared a batch of photos from the Deadpool 2 set to Instagram feed, including a few that reveal the sequel's first Easter eggs.
Among the photos released by Reynolds were two shots of the bottoms of Deadpool's katanas. Engraved in gold on the bottom of each hilt, respectively, is each sword's name: "Bea" and "Arthur."
Take a look below.
That’s a wrap on DEADPOOL 2: A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE! Thank you to our beloved Captain, Mr. @davidmleitch... words are too clumsy to properly acknowledge your giant heart and talent. I love my hometown of Vancouver and our obscenely gifted crew. From our PA’s, (who are first in and last out) to our set decorators and prop department, riddling this film with Easter Eggs in almost every scene... Thank you. I already miss being on set. Which is why I’ve decided to continue shooting the film in my underwear from Josh Brolin’s well appointed living room. #MaximumEffort
The names are a reference to Bea Arthur, the late American actress, singer, comedian, and activist best known for her Emmy-winning performances as Maude Findlay in 1970s sitcom Maude, a spinoff of All in the Family, and as Dorothy Zbornak in the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls.
In the Marvel Universe, Deadpool is known to have an obsession, and arguably an unhealthy one, with The Golden Girls and with Arthur in particular. This fascination was referenced in the first Deadpool movie by Wade Wilson wearing a shirt with Bea Arthur's likeness on it.
This second reference is also pulled straight from the comics, where Deadpool's katanas were also named "Bea" and "Arthur," though a more recent series, Deadpool & Cable: Split Second, claimed the katanas were named "Hall" and "Oates."
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Deadpool 2 opens in theaters on June 1, 2018.
Other upcoming X-Men movies include The New Mutants on April 13, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018, and Gambit on February 14, 2019.