One of the most impactful and talked-about scenes in superhero movie history is Batman v Superman's Martha scene. The sequence between the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight has been criticized and defended countless times, both by the people who worked on the movie and DCEU fans, in a seemingly endless cycle.
Even now, over a year after the movie's release, it's still a topic of conversation. Fortunately, it looks like there won't be much more to say about it for the foreseeable future, because Deadpool himself just threw the perfect jab at the scene yet, in his brand new comic book team-up run, Deadpool/Punisher.
In issue #5, Deadpool and #Punisher go after Deadpool's crooked accountant (yeah, that's a thing), who also managed the money of thousands of other criminals, including terrorists. Once they reach him though, Wade doesn't want to kill him in front of his son, arguing the kid had the chance to not become as twisted as they were.
However, Punisher wasn't having it, and the two get into a brutal fight.#Deadpool eventually gets the upper hand, but just as he's about to drive a sword through Frank's head, Castle mutters "Mother." Even though the deranged vigilante was probably cursing at him, the Merc mishears and assumes that Punisher's mother was also named Martha, and decides to spare him:
Hm, who would have thought? Deadpool's mother's name is Martha. Anyway, this "revelation" also encourages Wade Wilson to go into a hilarious (and honestly awesome) rant about the code of conduct for children from mothers with the same name:
"People whose mothers have the same name shouldn't fight. We shouldn't try and kill each other. We have a bond... Of common humanity, that transcends any petty temporary grievances we have today."
Unfortunately –– even after that inspiring speech –– #FrankCastle makes a deadly mistake: He clarifies his mother's name is Louise. So, with Deadpool now no longer having any emotional attachment to the brutal vigilante, he points a gun at him to finish him off:
But, in case you're wondering, no he didn't kill him. Instead, the accountant tried to drop a pile of gold on top of them, which made Wade and Punisher team up to kill him. This was a pretty awesome reference, but:
This Isn't The First Time Marvel's Fired Shots At The 'BvS' Scene
#Marvel has been having tons of fun with the Martha sequence in the last few years. Back in 2016, Deadpool and #SpiderMan were very chummy, and together they starred in the Spider-Man/Deadpool run. Issue #6 centered around the Merc with a Mouth receiving a movie deal for an R-rated solo adventure.
However, things ultimately didn't work out for the crazed mercenary, so he decided to blow off some steam by going to a movie with Spidey. The film they saw? Nighthawk V. Hyperion: Yawn of Boredom.
Walking out of Marvel's clever copyright bypass, the movie poster's shown, which features this brutal Martha diss:
"You won't believe their mothers share a first name."
On top of that, Deadpool points out the senseless nature of the film, and wonders how the two protagonists were fighting and became friends in a second. Ouch. But like I said, things don't end there.
The X-Men Join The Fun
Later that same year, Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 was released, and it featured a pretty hilarious twist on the Martha situation. This time around, the scene was recreated by two guards who discuss an encounter with an unidentified victim:
In case you can't make out the dialogue bubbles, here's their exchange:
Guard #1: "So anyway, after I managed to shoot him in the leg, I'm standing there, about to finish this dirtbag off, and dude just starts yelling 'Martha! Martha!'"
Guard #2: "Whoa, dude! Isn't that your mom's name?"
Guard #1: "Exactly. So I’m asking him why he's yelling it and come to find out his mom's name was Martha, too. And I was like, damn… no way I can kill this dude now."
It's worth pointing out that, despite their life-saving anecdotes, these guards didn't get happy endings (ironically enough, thanks to #Domino, Deadpool's new partner in #Deadpool2). But yeah, Marvel definitely knows how to have fun, and the joke in Deadpool/Punisher was definitely the company's best diss at the scene so far.
Now, as is to be expected, Deadpool's new jab at the film may motivate conspiracy theories about Marvel and DC being mortal enemies. But the truth is that is just some good-natured teasing. In fact, even DC made fun of the scene themselves on Mother's Day with this hilarious tweet:
And you know what? I would love to see a Martha scene joke in Deadpool 2. As we saw with his pop culture references in Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds likes to keep up with what happens in the geek world, so the sequel would be a great opportunity for a cheeky BvS reference.
What do you think about Deadpool's jabs at Batman v Superman? Would you like to see them continue? Let me know in the comments!