Once Upon a Deadpool contains a fitting and awesome tribute to Stan Lee. Lee passed away last month at the age of 95 and the Marvel Comics community is still mourning as are fans from all over the world. The Deadpool franchise is best-known for the foul-mouthed Merc with a Mouth and his R-rated antics, but the latest outing on the big screen for the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 has softened everything for the younger crowds. Additionally, proceeds of ticket sales go to a cancer foundation, proving that Wade Wilson still has a heart somewhere in there. There are Once Upon a Deadpool SPOILERS below, so read ahead at your own risk.
The Stan Lee tribute in Once Upon a Deadpool takes place in a post-credit scene, which features a montage of photos of the comic book legend over the years. A-Ha's smash 1980s hit "Take on Me" plays as fans are treated to some sweet pictures of Lee as well as some words from the man himself. When asked how he'd like to be remembered, Lee says, "He wrote some really good stories. I don't think about that much. When I'm gone, I really don't care. It doesn't do you any good when you're gone." The tribute ends with Lee's catch phrase: "Excelsior!"
Stan Lee filmed a handful of his famous cameos for future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects before he passed away. His latest is in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse where he plays a comic book shop owner with a pretty good sense of humor, mirroring his real-life persona. He'll appear in Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame when both movies hit theaters early next year. Now that Lee is gone, we'll probably see a lot more tributes in place of cameos in the future, something that he probably would have appreciated while he was still around.
As for Once Upon a Deadpool, it has been getting some mixed reviews from fans and critics who are struggling with a softer version of the sequel. That being said, the new footage has been praised, especially for the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Fred Savage. It's the editing of the language that has been one of the big sticking points since you can still see the actors clearly mouthing the bad language when a new word is replaced.
Whatever the case may be, this is the third version of Deadpool 2 that fans have been able to see. The original version of the sequel has been praised and is one of the highest grossing movies of the year. The Super Duper cut is available on the Blu-ray release and now we have Once Upon a Deadpool in theaters until December 24th. Checking out the Stan Lee tribute along with the new footage should be enough to get some fans to go check out the movie again in theaters. You can head over to 20th Century Fox for ticket and theater information.