Ryan Reynolds starred in the 2020s free guy as a non-playable character who joins the video game world in order to find the love of his life by becoming a hero in the game “Free City”. The film celebrates its gaming environment by rewarding eagle-eyed viewers with a number of amazing Easter eggs from video games and movies of all kinds.
While free guy includes a few nods to Disney-owned properties like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star wars, there are a few more subtle Easter Eggs layered throughout the movie that can easily be missed. These are just a few of the film’s funniest nods to video games and movies, plus some surprising actor cameos.
ten Hugh Jackman is the masked player who helps Molotov Girl
As is often the case with blockbuster movies that feature anonymous masked characters, free guy features a few superstar cameos that might cause some fans to question the familiar voice behind the mask.
When Jodie Comer’s Millie / Molotov Girl first appears, she encounters a masked player she hired to find information about her missing evidence. The voice of the Masked Player actually belongs to Hugh Jackman, who has a hilarious offscreen friendship with Reynolds that began when the two performed in 2009. X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
9 Halo’s Scorpion tank can be seen crashing into cars in the background
free guy presents a few nods to other properties of the game, which makes sense as the movie itself draws a lot of inspiration from open-world games like Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite. One of the first Easter Eggs is briefly seen in “Free City” as Guy and his security guard friend Buddy walk to work on their usual commute.
The M808B Main Battle Tank / Scorpion Tank Halo The franchise is seen casually rolling over cars in the background, giving fans of the series a fun nod while showing off the random chaos and destruction that occurs in the game world every day.
8 Guy gets his first pair of glasses from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Guy’s character is introduced as an NPC who works in the bank and takes care of daily thefts while living in ignorant bliss, though that all changes when he first meets Molotov Girl. Something awakens inside him, and he decides he needs his own pair of sunglasses that serve as a HUD and controls for human players.
He steals his pair of glasses from a masked bank robber with another familiar voice, which actually belongs to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Reynolds and Johnson teamed up for Netflix’s recent release Red Notice after also appearing together in 2019 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbes & Shaw.
7 Portal’s iconic Warping Portal Gun makes a few appearances
PC gamers may have recognized the use of Valve’s Portal Gun Portal franchise, which is first seen when Molotov Girl creates a quick getaway for her and Guy as they were outnumbered while searching for evidence to prove that her game code was stolen to create “Free City.”
The Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device also appears in the climactic final battle between Guy and the enhanced but unfinished version of his character known as Dude. Portal was a huge success when it was released, but non-PC gamers may have missed the inclusion of the powerful weapon.
6 Memorable Score From Pixar’s Short Paperman Is Frequently Used
free guy It may be an action-packed video game movie, but at its heart is a love story that animates the main characters like Guy, Molotov, and one of the game’s creators, Joe Keery’s Keys. The sheet music used during these romantic moments may be familiar to some fans of Disney and Pixar shorts.
Music first appeared in the Paperman short that told the story of a chance encounter that led to love at first sight, with a little nudge from a ton of paper planes. The score was composed by Christophe Beck, who also provided the music for free guy.
5 Keys’ apartment contains some nods to the classic Pac-Man game
free guy takes place in two different worlds; Guy uncovers the truth about himself in the gaming world as Mille / Molotov Girl and her former partner Keys attempt to find evidence to prove their game with enhanced AI was stolen by the developer of “Free City “.
When Millie first tries to enlist Keys to help her out, she barges into her apartment which includes a few nods to classic games like Pac-Man. The most obvious is a table lamp in the shape of one of the ghosts who are trying to hunt down Pac-Man in the arcade game.
4 Guy uses Mega-Man’s Mega-Buster when helping Molotov girl
Another classic game which is referenced in free guy is that of Capcom Mega-man, although it was a very quick Easter egg that some fans might have missed. Molotov Girl attempts to loot the hideout of player Revenjamin Buttons (played by Channing Tatum) in order to locate evidence from the video file, though she is quickly outnumbered by armed NPCs.
Guy arrives to save the day and during the battle he quickly accesses Mega-Man’s Mega-Buster that forms around his hand before disappearing after taking out an NPC. The Mega-Buster is Mega-Man’s primary weapon and is also known as the Arm Cannon or Rock Buster in the original Japanese versions of the games.
3 Keith’s bedroom has movie posters including one of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpools
Matty Cardarople’s Keith is the real world player behind Revenjamin Buttons and is seen in a few different scenes that feature his pop culture steeped room where he plays “Free City”. While his office is filled with characters like Jack Skellington from The nightmare before Christmas and toad of Mario franchise, it’s the posters on her wall that feature a fun Easter egg.
Cover other posters for X files, Rick and Morty, and Avengers: Infinity War is a small dead Pool movie poster, which is a subtle nod to one of Ryan Reynolds’ most recognized roles. Reynolds first played the Merc-With-A-Mouth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine before he can properly revert to the character of the 2016 film and the 2018 sequel Deadpool 2.
2 Half-Life’s Gravity Gun is used in Guy vs. Dude’s final battle
Valve Half-life franchise is a fan-favorite first-person shooter that showcased a number of memorable weapons used by the protagonist, Gordon Freeman, as he attempted to fight an invasion from another dimension.
The zero point energy field manipulator is also known as the gravity gun, and it is one of the Half-lifemain weapons used in combat and to solve puzzles. Guy uses the gravity gun in his final battle against the physically intimidating dude, who was no doubt noticed by Half-life Fans.
1 Fortnite’s Rainbow Smash pickaxe was used when dude faced off against Guy
The game world of “Free City” had many nods to the popular Fortnite battle royale game, which free guy used as inspiration alongside games like Grand Theft Auto. There are quite a few players who are seen doing the popular “dental floss” dance of Fortnite, although that’s not the only nod to the game.
Molotov Girl and Guy escape Revenjamin Buttons hideout using a rocket-propelled hang glider, while Guy uses the powerful Rainbow Smash pickaxe in his final battle against Dude after taking out the iconic lightsaber from Star wars.
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