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There's a Secret Wars Easter egg in the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer, but what does it tell us?

It's all coming together.

Deadpool & Wolverine - MCU
Image credit: Marvel Studios

The just-released teaser trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, is a generous one, and while we haven't learned much about the plot yet, juicy Easter eggs abound...

Yesterday, we briefly chatted about what's up with that mysterious Wolverine shot from behind, and now we're focusing on the Easter egg that almost everyone somewhat into Marvel was quick to point out: a Secret Wars comic book issue appearing right at the very end (around 2:04). Check out a crisp screenshot below:

Deadpool & Wolverine - Secret Wars Easter egg
Image credit: Marvel Studios

Fans who know their comics rapidly said it's the cover of Secret Wars #5 (2015), and looking carefully at the image, it definitely seems like they're right. This is meaningful. While the basic premise between the two versions of Secret Wars (1984 & 2015) are very similar, leaning more into Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's miniseries makes more sense for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Multiverse Saga.

In the original Secret Wars, written by Jim Shooter and drawn primarily by Mike Zeck, a cosmic entity known as the Beyonder becomes fascinated with Earth's superheroes and creates a 'Battleworld' to which heroes and supervillains are teleported before being told to battle against each other. On the other hand, Hickman's version of the story is all about alternate universes clashing and many Earths combining into a single Battleworld, which is kind of what the MCU has been aiming for with the whole thing about incursions and characters like Deadpool messing with time and space.

Funnily enough, this Secret Wars Easter egg also represents Doctor Doom's first-ever appearance (kind of) in the MCU, making us think he's coming sooner rather than later (the Fantastic Four reboot is right around the corner) and maybe even factoring into Marvel Studios' Avengers: Secret Wars. Now we're even more curious about how the third Deadpool movie will reshape the larger MCU narrative when it arrives on July 26.

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